I am trying to create a line in the center of each polygon of my shape like the red lines in the picture below (all polygons are rectangles). There's almost 22.000 polygons and I can't figure out how to do this. Any idea ?

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    please provide more information about your geometries ... are they always rectangles ?
    – Snaileater
    Jun 10, 2020 at 7:31
  • Yes @snaileater always rectangles. Jun 10, 2020 at 15:25

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If all polygons are rectangles, i guess you are looking for the average of the long sides.

In this case, if it is a one time task, this should do the trick:

  1. start at point 0 of the border and check if distance from 0 to 1 is lower than distance from 0 to 3.

  2. case true: get coordinates of midpoint of sides 0-1 and 2-3.

  3. case false: get cooridnates of midpoint of sides 2-3 and 0-3.

  4. Build new line geometry using the just fount midpoints


Use the field calculator to get the coordinates:

build 4 columns:


if(($x_at(0)-$x_at(1))^2+($y_at(0)-$y_at(1))^2 < ($x_at(0)-$x_at(3))^2+($y_at(0)-$y_at(3))^2,$x_at(0)/2+$x_at(1)/2,$x_at(0)/2+$x_at(3)/2)


if(($x_at(0)-$x_at(1))^2+($y_at(0)-$y_at(1))^2 < ($x_at(0)-$x_at(3))^2+($y_at(0)-$y_at(3))^2,$y_at(0)/2+$y_at(1)/2,$y_at(0)/2+$y_at(3)/2)


if(($x_at(0)-$x_at(1))^2+($y_at(0)-$y_at(1))^2 < ($x_at(0)-$x_at(3))^2+($y_at(0)-$y_at(3))^2,$x_at(2)/2+$x_at(3)/2,$x_at(1)/2+$x_at(2)/2)


if(($x_at(0)-$x_at(1))^2+($y_at(0)-$y_at(1))^2 < ($x_at(0)-$x_at(3))^2+($y_at(0)-$y_at(3))^2,$y_at(2)/2+$y_at(3)/2,$y_at(1)/2+$y_at(2)/2)

Then build the geometry column


concat('LINESTRING( ',"X1",' ',"Y1",',',"X2",' ',"Y2",')')

Then, export layer as csv, and reload it with the csv driver, set wkt_geometry as the geometry field.

  • Please edit the question adding the new info.
    – Javier JC
    Jun 10, 2020 at 15:21
  • it's worked, but partially...some lines had a weird behavior, didn't get parallels. But now I understand. On some rectangles there are vertex dividing the longer side of polygon. Jun 10, 2020 at 15:32
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    Ok, if this fits your needs, please edit the question to add that info, i.e: all polygons are rectangles. And accept the answer. Did you try simplify geometries in order to drop the extra mid-side vertexes?
    – Javier JC
    Jun 10, 2020 at 15:38
  • I used simplify now and it worked very well...thank you very much. Jun 10, 2020 at 17:49

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