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Background:

At 3.14.16, I'm trying to learn a little more about Geometry Generator, in this case convex hull. I created a simple test point layer with six points. I then used Geometry Generator with the expression convex_hull($geometry), expecting an outline hull to display. However, none appeared, as shown in the screenshot below. Only the original points appear.

In my search for a solution, I came across this SE GIS post, where convexHull($geometry) was successfully used. Unfortunately, that expression did not result in a outline for my points.

Question:

How do I display a convex hull around a point layer using Geometry Generator?

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You need to select Polygon/ MultiPolygon geometry type for the geometry generator symbol layer, and add the collect function to your expression:

convex_hull(collect($geometry))

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Update August 2023:

the $geometry function is now deprecated in favor of the @geometry variable.

So:

convex_hull(collect(@geometry))
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    FYI, now, $geometry is deprecated. You should switch to @geometry instead
    – etrimaille
    Aug 11, 2023 at 16:49
  • @etrimaille, thanks for the reminder- answer updated.
    – Ben W
    Aug 12, 2023 at 5:09
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The correct answer is the one accepted.

Just adding another one if you are looking to do it with a common attribute :

convex_hull(collect (@geometry, group_by:="name_of_attribute"))

convex hull with a common attribute

A mix between Geometry generator - classify objects in QGIS and the accepted answer here

Just to share, it took me some time to see we could give a group by in the collect expression.

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