I am having the following issue writing points to a SQLite file using ogr with SPATIALITE enabed:

ERROR 1: Cannot insert feature with geometry of type POINTZ in column GEOMETRY. Type POINT expected

Below is my code, this code was previously used to create a GeoPackage with exactly the same fields. (But not with Spatialite enabled because it doesn't have it)

I have commented the code to indicate where the point is created and where the error message comes up

import ogr
import numpy as np
import os 
DataSource= ogr.GetDriverByName("SQLite").CreateDataSource(os.path.join(OutputFolder,"DataFile.sqlite"), options = ["SPATIALITE=YES"])
DataLayer = DataSource.CreateLayer("Data_Points",proj,geom_type=ogr.wkbPoint)


Data_layer_defn = DataLayer.GetLayerDefn()

data = np.load(os.path.join(OutputFolder,"Output0.npy"))
arr_id = 0
for row in range(len(data)):

    point = ogr.Geometry(ogr.wkbPoint)
    point.AddPoint(float(data[row,1]),float(data[row,2])) #x,y Setting the point

    Data_Feature = ogr.Feature(Data_layer_defn)
    Data_Feature.SetField("ID", int(data[row,0]))
    Data_Feature.SetField("buffer_dist", int(data[row,3]))
    Data_Feature.SetField("arr_id", arr_id)
    DataLayer.CreateFeature(Data_Feature) #Error message happens on this line

    point = None
    arr_id +=1

  • Would you mind to improve you code with required imports etc?
    – user30184
    Jun 16, 2019 at 20:47
  • I have added the imports necessary, there are only two
    – Francis
    Jun 17, 2019 at 8:26
  • I am getting error "NameError: name 'os' is not defined".
    – user30184
    Jun 17, 2019 at 9:47
  • 1
    3D geometry seems to be the default. Test with three lines point=ogr.Geometry(ogr.wkbPoint) point.AddPoint(float(1.0),float(2.0)) print point.ExportToWkt() POINT (1 2 0). The same appears here pastebin.com/ewkKPuVM.
    – user30184
    Jun 17, 2019 at 11:00
  • 1
    And so as in gis.stackexchange.com/questions/199820/… you must flatten 3D into 2D first with point.FlattedTo2D().
    – user30184
    Jun 17, 2019 at 11:15

1 Answer 1


Creating a point with 2 coordinates actually creates a 3D point as can be tested with

print point.ExportToWkt()
POINT (1 2 0)

You can turn 3D points into 2D points with FlattenTo2D

print point.ExportToWkt()
POINT (1 2)

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