I am attempting to create a simple polygon on QGIS 3.14 using PyQGIS by adapting the code from How to draw polygons from the python console?.

I am running into an error with the setGeometry line where the function fromPolylineXY appears to need a QgsPointXY object but the pts object is a list.

Code so far is listed below.

tmp = QgsVectorLayer('Polygon?crs=epsg:29194', '200905_Bdy',"org") #Layer for polygon 
prv = tmp.dataProvider()                               #Data object for polygon layer
ply01 = QgsFeature()                                   #Object for polygon
# Object with polygon verticies
pts = [QgsPointXY(396100,8969000),QgsPointXY(396100,8973900),QgsPointXY(397900,8973900),QgsPointXY(397900,8969000)]

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You should use fromPolygonXY instead of fromPolylineXY to create a polygon. Use ply01.setGeometry(QgsGeometry.fromPolygonXY([pts]))

If you want to create a polyline before creating a polygon, you should know this: pts object is a list. And fromPolylineXY expects "a list of QgsPointXY". When you use extra brackets like [pts], it will be a list of list of QgsPointXY ([[QgsPointXY, QgsPointXY, ...]]). To create o polyline you should remove the bracket in fromPolylineXY([pts]) to get a list of QgsPointXY. Just use fromPolylineXY(pts).

To create a polygon from point list: QgsGeometry.fromPolygonXY([pts])
To create a polyline from point list: QgsGeometry.fromPolylineXY(pts)

  • Kadir, thank you for you your response which has solved my issue. I'm assuming the use of square brackets to make a list is python code convention? Or is it something unique to pyQGIS - as you can probably guess I'm new to both Sep 6, 2020 at 0:09
  • Yes. It is a python rule. Sep 6, 2020 at 6:31

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