I'm relatively new to the GIS field. I have several polylines (streets) and would like to locate stations on these lines. The start and end points of the lines, the length of the line and the distance of the stations from the starting point are given. I'm looking for the coordinates for the stations. With GRASS and PostGIS there are probably possibilities. Does anyone have good explanations?


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In QGIS Built-in functions (I think since the 3.0 version), it is a function for do what you want :

fonction line_interpolate_point

Returns the point interpolated by a specified distance along a linestring geometry.


line_interpolate_point(geometry, distance)


geometry : a linestring geometry

distance : distance along line to interpolate


0, 10 0)'),distance:=5)) → 'Point (5 0)'

In your case, add two real fields (one for x_coords, and one for y_coords) to the line layer, go to the field Calculator and for update the x_coord field with :

x(line_interpolate_point($geometry, "station_distance_field"))

and y_coord field :

y(line_interpolate_point($geometry, "station_distance_field"))

With PostGIS, I think the result can be found with the function ST_LineInterpolatePoint.

The first argument is a line / polyline geometry and the second one, the fraction of total linestring length from the start point. If you have the distance of the station and the length of the line (cf. ST_Length), you can have the second argument.


Based on your comment, and for example, open a python console and run in the editor the following code, creating a memory line layer with 3 features :

vl = QgsVectorLayer("linestring?crs=EPSG:3044\

pr = vl.dataProvider()
ft = QgsFeature()

ft.setGeometry(QgsGeometry.fromWkt("LineString (753979 5779912, 729900 5699907, 687178 5651749, 675527 5640874)"))
ft.setAttributes(['route_1', 163829, '', '', 50])

ft.setGeometry(QgsGeometry.fromWkt("LineString (450270 5842052, 519401 5861471, 641350 5824964, 651448 5802438, 650671 5741075, 583871 5657186, 447940 5664177)"))
ft.setAttributes(['route_2', 528657,'', '', 100])

ft.setGeometry(QgsGeometry.fromWkt("LineString (416093 5581065, 541927 5580288, 598629 5535237, 622708 5466106, 632029 5428822, 693392 5395422, 725239 5400083)"))
ft.setAttributes(['route_3', 412041, '', '', 200])


  • The direction seems to be right. Unfortunately, no value is generated. My distance field is defined as real. Is that correct? Would I have to add a starting point to the function?
    – hugo
    Jan 31, 2019 at 8:58
  • Have you replaced, in the proposal code, the "station_distance_field" by your distance field ? What's the projection (CRS) of the line layer and what's the units of the real values of the station distance ? Jan 31, 2019 at 9:07
  • The projection is EPSG:3044 - ETRS89 / ETRS-TM32 and the units are meters. Structure of the table is the following: Field 1 = name of the route (string); Field 2 = length (integer); Field 3 = Startingpoint (String); Field 4 = Endpoint (String); Field 5 = Distance (Integer64)
    – hugo
    Jan 31, 2019 at 9:18
  • Can you test the code I've added in the post and tell if the functions work ? I use x(line_interpolate_point($geometry, "Distance")) and it's work perfectly. Jan 31, 2019 at 9:57
  • It does not work. execfile(u'c:/users/schrei~1/appdata/local/temp/tmp2vtycu.py'.encode('mbcs')) Traceback (most recent call last): File "<input>", line 1, in <module> File "c:/users/schrei~1/appdata/local/temp/tmp2vtycu.py", line 27, in <module> QgsProject.instance().addMapLayer(vl) AttributeError: 'QgsProject' object has no attribute 'addMapLayer'
    – hugo
    Jan 31, 2019 at 10:06

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