I have my polygon spatial data in a format of CSV with the column of lat/long delimited by comma. Is there any way to upload this csv and got polygon shapefiles (or any other visualisable format)? My primary GIS tool is QGIS.

There are several ways how to do it just for one WKT at the same time but I cannot find a way how to do it with data with several rows in data.

I have tried to Add delimited text layer with geometry definition of WKT but it does not work (as can be seen in the screenshot. Data are not in the readable WKT format.

I am up to some solution even outside QGIS environment

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    you must use semicolon or tab for importing gis.stackexchange.com/questions/82549/…
    – Mapperz
    Oct 14, 2020 at 4:03
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    please don't post pictures of your data, it makes it very hard to read and parse
    – Ian Turton
    Oct 14, 2020 at 8:02
  • @IanTurton data deleted. I just posted a screenshot to show and approximate how they might look
    – mrakoplas
    Oct 14, 2020 at 16:17
  • the idea was good but a picture is not - so please add an actual sample of your data
    – Ian Turton
    Oct 14, 2020 at 16:37

1 Answer 1


Let's assume there is a .csv-file with your data, where lat/long delimited by comma, see image below


  1. Drag&Drop your CSV into QGIS


  2. Deploy Virtual Layers through Layer > Add Layer > Add/Edit Virtual Layer.... In the Query window just simply paste the following expression:

    SELECT *, ST_GeomFromText('POLYGON((' || "coord_values" || '))', #putyourSRIDcodehere) AS geom
    FROM "polygons"

    P.S. Mind the SRID code

  3. And get the output



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    The data that OP has seem to lack the duplicates of the first vertices as closing vertices and "coord_values" can't be just slipped inside WKT polygon. Perhaps they must be flipped inside linestring instead and converted into polygons with some other operation.
    – user30184
    Oct 14, 2020 at 6:53

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