Currently, I am trying to transform a shapefile to GeoJSON, I have the .shp, .shx, .dbf and .prj files.

In order to do this I have the following code:

import json
import geopandas as gpd
import shapefile

SHP_FILE = '00ent.shp'
DBF_FILE = '00ent.dbf'
JSON_FILE = "mexico.geojson"

geodf = gpd.read_file(DBF_FILE)

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The problem is that these points in the geometry, are not a lat, long points, and I want to convert to lat, lang in order to convert the file in a geoJson with the lat long coordinates.


0   01  01  Aguascalientes  POLYGON ((2470517.824 1155028.588, 2470552.248...
1   02  02  Baja California MULTIPOLYGON (((1493197.166 1849625.247, 14934...
2   03  03  Baja California Sur MULTIPOLYGON (((1694656.344 1227647.637, 16946...
3   04  04  Campeche    MULTIPOLYGON (((3544897.199 946994.621, 354491...
4   05  05  Coahuila de Zaragoza    POLYGON ((2469954.193 1978522.993, 2469982.807...
5   06  06  Colima  MULTIPOLYGON (((1157633.318 768573.525,

How can I translate this to lat long?

I can use another Python library if is necessary.

  • You can use QGIS (qgis.org) to change the coordinate system of your data and then export your data to GeoJson . If you need to get a point that represents your polygon you can calculate the centroid. The conversion can also be done in QGIS Apr 9, 2020 at 21:00
  • The problem is that I need can do this without online tool or other software only with a python library.
    – Tlaloc-ES
    Apr 9, 2020 at 21:05

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You should be able to do this with only geopandas:

import geopandas as gpd

shp_file = "00ent.shp"
json_file = "mexico.geojson"

# Read in data
gdf = gpd.read_file(shp_file)
# Reproject to Lat/Long: http://epsg.io/4326
gdf_4326 = gdf.to_crs(epsg='4326')
# Write to file
gdf_4326.to_file(json_file, driver="GeoJSON")
  • is epsg.io/4326 a standard?, what projection was using the current file? Thanks
    – Tlaloc-ES
    Apr 9, 2020 at 21:45
  • EPSG:4326 is World Geodetic System 1984, used in GPS. Apr 9, 2020 at 21:57
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    @Tlaloc-ES, you can see the the projection used in the original file with gdf.crs. That should print the EPSG string that you can use with epsg.io to get more info.
    – Ryan
    Apr 10, 2020 at 16:20

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