When you create a grid in QGIS, in the attribute table for each square, you have a corresponding column left, right, top, bottom in coordinates. Which of these four correspond to the X, Y, Z, M coordinates?

I am trying to import a grid from a CSV file with the left, right, top, bottom columns. I had to export the grid because I couldn't figure out how to add the values from multiple columns correctly in the field calculator in QGIS. So I exported it into a CSV, added the columns in Excel, now I want to bring the file back into QGIS.

Alternatively, how do I create a new column in the attribute table that adds the values in multiple columns by using the field calculator? I tried "Col1"+"Col2"+"Col3" and sum(col1,col2,col3) but couldn't get completely correct values for some reason. In the first case it only seemed to be adding some of the columns.

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    Create a grid from "Create grid" tool? Left and right is X, Top and bottom Y. – BERA Jul 23 '20 at 7:21
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    We definitely need more details. Currently any attempt to answering is just wild guessing, since we don't know, how your csv exactly looks etc. – Erik Jul 23 '20 at 7:28
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    Added pictures of attribute table and grid – MapDeath Jul 23 '20 at 17:37

Briefly saying there is no match, but you can make some of it yourself.

The resulting Attribute table after using the Create Grid contains five fields, namely:
"id", "left", "top", "right", and "bottom", see an image below.



  • "id" is simply an integer starting from 1 until n-th cell. The order of cells is from the top-left feature to the bottom left each time moving one column right an so on, something like following the И-pattern.
  • "left" corresponds to the most western "X"-coordinate
  • "top" to the most northern "Y"-coordinate
  • "right" to the most eastern "X"-coordinate
  • "bottom" to the most southern "Y"-coordinate


If your question was interpreted correctly, there are several possibilities to get the coordinates for each cell.

  1. Coordinates as a centroid of each cell:
SELECT "id", ST_X(st_centroid(geometry)) AS "X", ST_Y(st_centroid(geometry)) AS "Y"
FROM "Grid"


  1. Coordinates as a centroid of each cell in WKT-format:
SELECT "id", st_astext(st_centroid(geometry))
FROM "Grid"


  1. Coordinates as a polyline in WKT-format:
SELECT "id", st_astext(st_exteriorring(geometry))
FROM "Grid"


  1. Coordinates as a polygon in WKT-format:
SELECT "id", st_astext(geometry)
FROM "Grid"


All Options are based on the usage of a Virtual Layer through Layer > Add Layer > Add/Edit Virtual Layer....

So, my suggestion on this stage before exporting a grid in CSV-file is to create a new column in the Attribute table where you will store the geometry in a WKT-Format i.e. in the Field calculator use geom_to_wkt($geometry) for a text-field with unlimited length, see image below.


So, afterwards you will be able freely read the wkt-geometry when importing a CSV-file into QGIS-Project, part of in described here Loading WKT polygons into QGIS.

If suddenly you have no opportunity to read a WKT from a CSV-file in QGIS, put eye on the following workflow.

  1. Drag&Drop your csv with grids into QGIS


  2. Deploy a Virtual Layer through Layer > Add Layer > Add/Edit Virtual Layer... to obtain a layer with geometry.

SELECT *, setsrid(make_polygon(make_line(
                                )), #here use your SRID, e.g. 25833)    
FROM "test"
  1. Get the Output


Regarding the "Z" and "M" coordinates. If you have those Attributes in you CSV-file then extend the make_point(left,bottom) to make_point(left,bottom, "alltitude_field", "m_field"), e.g. make_point(1,2,3,4), as described in PostGIS Docs | ST_MakePoint.

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    I knew that the LRTB columns corresponded to the sides of each grid cell, but I am assuming the code you gave will help build a better CSV for re-import. Will try soon – MapDeath Jul 29 '20 at 3:02

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