I have a Shapefile with a road network (lines) which includes several road segments (lines).

Is there any way to merge all these lines into one line using QGIS?

  • 4
    Yeah, it's called "dissolve".
    – Erik
    May 13, 2019 at 11:17
  • Would you like to merge road segments via a specific parameter or just simply all in one? Do you need to preserve any attributes?
    – Taras
    May 13, 2019 at 11:39
  • 1
    I just want to merge the lines so I used "dissolve" as Erik suggested. It worked fine.
    – nat
    May 13, 2019 at 12:21
  • Nice to hear that 😊
    – Taras
    May 13, 2019 at 12:44

1 Answer 1


Tested on QGIS 2.18 and QGIS 3.4

I can suggest using a "Virtual Layer" through Layer > Add Layer > Add/Edit Virtual Layer...

Let's assume we have seven features in "roads", see image below.


With the following Query, it is possible to achieve the result

SELECT COUNT(*) AS features,
FROM roads as r

The output Virtual Layer will create one continuous layer out of all road segments' geometries and additional field 'features' which will count how many features were merged.


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