I would like to have font markers flip when they are upside down but otherwise follow the line angle. Here is an image of how they look now:

font markers 'AB' on upper line are upside down

I would like them to look like this:

font markers on both lines are not upside down

I achieved this by switching the line direction but I want to do it through the style and I would like to do it at the marker level not the line level. I have tried a geometry generator to switch the line.

if(y_max( $geometry)>y_min($geometry),$geometry,reverse($geometry))

But this only switches the issue to the bottom line.

font marker on bottom line is upside down

I also tried a data defined override on the font marker rotation with these expressions.

if( @symbol_angle < 180,0,180)
if(y_max( $geometry)<  y_min($geometry),0,180)
  • I'm not sure what kind of font-markers do you have: is there a separate point-layer thay is styled with font-markers? Are do they represent a label? How did you create the font-arkers?
    – Babel
    Jul 16, 2020 at 13:28
  • I don't think this can be done. QGIS has no way of getting the location of a marker. What about using a repeating label? Jul 16, 2020 at 13:41

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If you're working with "font markers" for your text, set the following for data defined override of the rotation:


This checks, whether the line is "flipped" and if it is, tells the symbology to rotate the text by 180 degrees, otherwise it stays, as it is.

I did some additional testing, and this solution does not take changes of line direction into account.

  • Perfect! Thanks!
    – Baswein
    Jul 16, 2020 at 14:11
  • @Baswein I did some additional testing, and this solution does not take changes of line direction into account, it solely cares about the start direction/orientation of the line.
    – Erik
    Jul 16, 2020 at 14:35
  • Yes I see that. Maybe not perfect ;). But way better than before! I tried this but it didn't work. if(line_interpolate_angle( segments_to_lines( $geometry),0)>180,180,0)
    – Baswein
    Jul 16, 2020 at 14:44
  • You probably could make up something with the current label location and angle at vertex for the closest vertex of the line - still, it is rather complicated, I think @Baswein
    – Erik
    Jul 16, 2020 at 15:10

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