I want to create start and endpoints in QGIS for a Linestring shapefile.

I tried using the "QChainage Plugin" but was not useful.

Can someone suggest a tool?


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If you have QGIS 3.4 you can use Extract specific vertices tool to extract the endpoints by inputting 0, -1 at the vertex indices as you can see below:

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The tool is located in Processing toolbox -> Vector geometry -> Extract specific vertices tool.

The input is a polyline composing of several segments

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Using the above tool with 0,-1 indices provides the endpoints only:

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You can also use a Virtual layer (Data Source Manager > Virtual Layer) with SQL:

select id, st_endpoint(geometry) as geometry from lineshp
select id, st_startpoint(geometry) as geometry from lineshp
  • The virutal layer query saves the start and end points in single colomn. Can we save them in two different coloumns?
    – Case Msee
    Feb 23, 2021 at 1:00
  • Yes, but QGIS can only load one geometry column at a time, so you will only see either start or end point, if you drop the union clause.
    – Jakob
    Feb 25, 2021 at 12:24

You can also use expressions start_point() and end_point() to create start- and endpoints of your lines. Use this expression to get both at once:

union (
    end_point ( $geometry ),
    start_point ( $geometry )

Paste this expression on an additional symbol layer on your line layer to create points for visualization purpose only (see screenshot) or create a new layer with actual point geometries using Menu Processing / Toolbox / Geometry by expression and using the same expression. enter image description here


You can use the GRASS tool v.to.points for this. Select node and adjust minimum distance.


Use these expressions in the attribute table:

  • x_min($geometry)
  • y_min($geometry)
  • x_max($geometry)
  • y_max($geometry)

As easy as that.


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