I want to use the Processing Algorithm, pointsalonglines, in the expression function used in Geometry Generator.

This is because I want to create points "on the fly" along my line and in a equal distance.

The final reason why, is because I want to show the distance of a track every X meters or kilometers.

All is explained in this two links:

Hatching features in layer using QGIS

Anita Graser help me in this link:


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You can use the following expression to create the points along the line every n distance (here 5000 considering the layer use meters)

generate_series(0, length($geometry),step:=5000),
  x(line_interpolate_point($geometry, @element)),
  y(line_interpolate_point($geometry, @element)),

Alternative if you need to deal with layer projection (needed if your layer is not using meters in particular) considering EPSG:4326 is your layer projection and your local projection is EPSG:25831

  generate_series(0, length(transform($geometry,'EPSG:4326', 'EPSG:25831')),step:=5000),
    x(line_interpolate_point(transform($geometry,'EPSG:4326', 'EPSG:25831'),
    y(line_interpolate_point(transform($geometry, 'EPSG:4326', 'EPSG:25831'), @element)),
  ), 'EPSG:25831', 'EPSG:4326')

Although it works for a part and I set the distance value in the M part of the geometry, I don't really see how I can then reuse the M in the labels part as you want in the second part of your requirements. Using Font marker can be another way e.g https://gis.stackexchange.com/a/314789/638 with expression to_string((@geometry_part_num - 1) * 5) || ' Km'

Edit note: comment from @RBenet made me change the second part of the answer

  • Thomas this is what I'm looking for. Thank you so much!!! For show the km I will use the option Font Marker and in the expression I put this (@geometry_part_num-1)*5 || 'Km'
    – RBenet
    Commented Jun 25, 2020 at 12:27
  • Tested with to_string((@geometry_part_num - 1) * 5) || ' Km' due to your suggestion (had cast issue when no to_string)
    – ThomasG77
    Commented Jun 25, 2020 at 12:40
  • Sorry, you have reason. I write like this to to try explain better. I have all explained in this link. Thank you again for your help: gis.stackexchange.com/questions/364736/…
    – RBenet
    Commented Jun 25, 2020 at 13:02
  • No problem, we both learn something :) Not aware how to use well Font marker and you how to generate points along line
    – ThomasG77
    Commented Jun 25, 2020 at 13:30
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    Try collect_geometries(array_foreach( generate_series(0, length(transform($geometry,'EPSG:4326', 'EPSG:25831')),step:=5000), transform(make_point_m(x(line_interpolate_point(transform($geometry,'EPSG:4326', 'EPSG:25831'), @element)),y(line_interpolate_point(transform($geometry, 'EPSG:4326', 'EPSG:25831'), @element)), @element), 'EPSG:25831', 'EPSG:4326') )) I've tested (and it works) using points with EPSG 4326 coordinates and calculation using my local projection (EPSG:2154) and replaced the working expression with your EPSG code 25831.
    – ThomasG77
    Commented Jun 26, 2020 at 16:04

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