I am trying to extract elevation values for each point in a point .shp from a DEM. Both files align and are in the same CRS - 4326. The tool runs but I receive an error message and the output file is completely empty. Does anyone have any tips on how to get a correct result?

This error message is repeated many times:

Feature write errors: Feature creation error (OGR error: Attempt to write non-point (MULTIPOINT) geometry to point shapefile.)

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    What software are you working in? It looks like the tool may not support multipart geometry thus, the "non-point (MULTIPOINT)" error. Try exploding your shapefile so that it is not MULTIPOINT. Also, please add a tag indicating the software that this relates to. Commented Jul 22, 2019 at 17:19
  • I am using QGIS 3.4
    – nmichelg
    Commented Jul 22, 2019 at 17:24
  • The multipart geometry output from the Regular Points Tool seems to be the problem I tried creating a new point dataset using Create Grid but got the same multipart output. I don't understand why a point .shp would be multipart. Is there a way to remedy this?
    – nmichelg
    Commented Jul 22, 2019 at 18:52

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That error message says that your input geometry type should be POINT, but it's actually MULTIPOINT. The solution is to convert your MULTIPOINT layer to POINT format. Use the Multipart to singleparts tool, which you can find in the Processing Toolbox.

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