I'm using QGIS 3.10 with Python 3.7.

I have two layers: "line_layer" and "vertices_layer". I want to add only the names of my vertices (attributtable: "node_name") to the attributtable of my "line_layer" (like start and end node --> attributtable: "node_start" and "node_end"). I have a net so for one line a point A is the start, while for another line this point A is the end. Thats why I can't divide my vertices into start-/endpoints. I want to do this in the console using python (I'm a beginner). My (definetly wrong) code is:

for f in line_layer.getFeatures():
    geom = f.geometry().asMultiPolyline()
    start_point = QgsPoint(geom[0])    #first point
    end_point = QgsPoint(geom[-1])     #last point
    f.['node_start'] = QgsGeometry.nearestPoint(start_point)
    f.['node_end'] = QgsGeometry.nearestPoint(end_point)


The code doesn't work and I don't know how to get only th name of the nearest point in the attributtable of my line_layer.

Just for understanding the situation:

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2 Answers 2


So here is a Python solution to find the nearest point to the endpoints of the lines. In my sample I have a MultiPolyline layer with attributes: l_id (unique identifier), start_p and end_p integer. And a Point layer with an id attribute which I filled by $id (so the id attribute of the points are the same as the featureID), it make the solution simpler.

# get the line layer by name
line_layer = QgsProject.instance().mapLayersByName('lll')[0]
# get the point layer by name
point_layer = QgsProject.instance().mapLayersByName('ppp')[0]
point_provider = point_layer.dataProvider()
# build spatial index for point layer (used by search)
sp_index = QgsSpatialIndex()
for f in point_layer.getFeatures():
    sp_index.insertFeature(f)    # insert feature in the spatial index
for f in line_layer.getFeatures():
    geom = f.geometry().asMultiPolyline()
    start_point = geom[0][0]    # get the first point of the first part
    # feature id of nearest point to start point
    nearest_to_startpoint = sp_index.nearestNeighbor(start_point, 1)[0]
    f['start_p'] = nearest_to_startpoint
    # get id ttribure
    end_point = geom[0][-1]    # get the last point of the first part
    # feature id of nearest point to start point
    nearest_to_endpoint = sp_index.nearestNeighbor(end_point, 1)[0]
    f['end_p'] = nearest_to_endpoint

Weaknesses of the code:

No error handling at all.

It will find the nearest point to the endpoint of the line, not the point at the endpoint of the line (if a point missing the result will be false), you should check distance.

It works with the first part of the multipolyline feature.

If you would like to store the id attribute of point features instead of the feature ID you have to get the point feature somehow this:

fs =  point_layer.getFeatures(QgsFeatureRequest().setFilterFid(nearest_to_start))
point_feature = QgsFeature()
p_id = point_feature['id']
  • Thanks a lot! Works perfect!
    – Julz_Mos
    Commented May 6, 2020 at 10:39
  • Could I please get an explanation on the last bit of code (to use the id attribute instead of the feature ID) and how to incorporate it to the loop Commented Nov 23, 2021 at 13:00

I think it is easier to do it in DB Manager using SQL. In my example I created two layers, ppp is a point layer with point IDs, lll is a line layer connecting points with l_IDs. Check if DB Manager plug-in is active, Plugins/Manage and Install plugins.., on the Installed tab turn on DB Manager.

In the DB Manager open Virtual layers and Project layers. Select the SQL window from the toolbar (second icon).

In the upper box insert the following query:

SELECT lll.geometry, l_id, a.id as start_id, b.id as end_id 
FROM lll  
INNER JOIN ppp a on ST_Distance(ST_StartPoint(lll.geometry), a.geometry) < 1 
INNER JOIN ppp b on ST_Distance(ST_EndPoint(lll.geometry), b.geometry) < 1

Press the execute button and you'll get the result table. Check Load as new Layer and finally press Load button.

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You will get a new QueryLayer in the layer list with the IDs of start and end point. Finally save this layer.

  • 1
    thanks for the reply but I want to automate several steps. Thats why I wrote a (python) script and searching for help with python..
    – Julz_Mos
    Commented May 6, 2020 at 5:48
  • I added a Python solution, too.
    – Zoltan
    Commented May 6, 2020 at 8:27
  • Unfortunately this does not answer the author's desire, author tends to achieve the result by means of pyqgis. By the way almost similar answer I put to author's previous question, check it here QGIS add attributes of points to attributtable of lines.
    – Taras
    Commented May 6, 2020 at 8:58

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