To run a simple interest query in Mapinfo I would use

Select * from _1_10000_map_sheet_key_map, Carpentaria_Shire where _1_10000_map_sheet_key_map.Obj Intersects Carpentaria_Shire.Obj into Selection

In QGIS in Add--Virtual Layer and in DB Manager I keep getting errors

select * from _1_10000_map_sheet_key_map where st_intersects (_1_10000_map_sheet_key_map.geometry, Carpentaria_Shire.geometry) as Selection

gives the following error

Query execution error on CREATE TEMP VIEW _tview AS select * from _1_10000_map_sheet_key_map where st_intersects (_1_10000_map_sheet_key_map.geometry, Carpentaria_Shire.geometry) as Selection: 1 - near "as": syntax error

The same from Virtual Layers and trying to use geom_from_wkt I get

Query preparation error on PRAGMA table_info(_tview): no such column: Carpentaria_Shire.geom_from_wkt

What's the expected structure of the query in QGIS SQL implementation?

Additionally can this be done in the Advanced Filter expression?

  • PS I know I can do this very easily in QGIS--Vector--Research--Select by location but I want to get more familiar with the Virtual Layer queries in QGIS.
    – GeorgeC
    Aug 2, 2019 at 2:11
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    Please do not comment on your own question. Instead Edit to make clarifications.
    – Vince
    Aug 2, 2019 at 2:27

1 Answer 1


The SQL Select was one of the few things I missed about MapInfo when my work changed to QGIS.

You need to include the table "Carpentaria_Shire" in the FROM clause. Try this:

select A.*
from _1_10000_map_sheet_key_map AS A, Carpentaria_Shire as B
where st_intersects(A.geometry, B.geometry)

or for a different syntax:

FROM _1_10000_map_sheet_key_map AS A
JOIN Carpentaria_Shire AS B ON st_intersects(A.geometry, B.geometry)

To do it as an advanced filter expression:

intersects($geometry, aggregate('Carpentaria_Shire', 'collect', $geometry))
  • Brilliant - as to the 2nd part of my question. Is this possible to do using the Expression based filter on a table? I tried using the Map_Layer attributes but it doesn't work - 'Carpentaria_Shire_540e7bd7_f775_4e8e_8e96_61f2dcbe36bb' intersects 'Grid_3bbf8f0c_9cdb_453b_8a92_784f328945ee'
    – GeorgeC
    Aug 2, 2019 at 3:44
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    – M Bain
    Aug 2, 2019 at 4:12
  • Works perfectly -thank you.
    – GeorgeC
    Aug 2, 2019 at 4:59

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