I'm new to QGIS. Recently, I had my first experience of having to draw a circle. This is in a Geopackage layer using the 'Add Circle' option from the Edit menu, only whenever I go to draw it, it ends up...not circular.

Circle preview: enter image description here Circle drawn: enter image description here Somebody else had a similar problem, see here: QGIS3 Shape Digitizing Circles is Drawing Improperly . Setting my coordinates to EPSG:3721 does allow me to draw a proper circle, but when I switch back to EPSG:32230 it's an oval (and I'm not sure how well EPSQ:3271 works for local-scale mapping in Scotland...). Is there any way around this that doesn't involve changing projections?

  • Sorry, your question is extremely confusing - once you tell us you use EPSG:3721, then its 3271 - both are not valid in Scotland...
    – Babel
    Jan 7, 2022 at 11:18

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Basically the problem has been described here as the bug:


and here:


I had the same problem as you. I had roughly the same shape when using EPSG:4326.

You cannot do it without changing the geometry, but you can reproject your circle afterward to the geometry you want to use in your project.

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Change your CRS system to EPSG:3857. You should get the proper circle. Then export it (reproject) where you will select the initial CRS system you are working on.

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Alternatively, you can take a look at this plugin:

Shape tools

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