I have shape file with road network (line layer) as shown in Image 1. The road network contains multiple line segments as shown with blue line in image.

  • I am trying to generate start and end point of every road segment.
  • Save the start and end point in a seperate layer.

Based on the suggested answer here, I am trying to get the start and end points by using query in virtual layer

Problem:It merges start and end points into single colomn. I am trying to get them in seperate coloumns. For instance, Col 1: start points, Col2: end points

select From_id, st_startpoint(geometry) as geometry from lineshp 
select To_id, st_endpoint(geometry) as geometry from lineshp

Attempt with geometry generator:

Problem: It only displays the start and end points. It does not save the data in seperate layer.

union (
    end_point ( $geometry ),
    start_point ( $geometry )

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3 Answers 3


Using the virtual layer, you can compute both start and end point in a single row. Beware that your layer will now have 2 geometry fields, which are a pain to display (the 1st one is usually used)

SELECT From_id, st_startpoint(geometry) as geometryFrom, 
       To_id, st_endpoint(geometry) as geometryTO 
FROM lineshp 
  • Thank you for great answer. I was wondering if the existing road network shapfile (TR_ROAD) has already start and end points as I can see FROM_UFI and TO_UFI in the attribute table i.sstatic.net/8sCzW.png. Are these are start and end points? as the road network shapefile is available here drive.google.com/drive/u/2/folders/…
    – Case Msee
    Commented Feb 24, 2021 at 4:09

you could just use the Vector->Geometry Tools->Extract Verctices tool to make an output of all vertices.

Then you could use a Select by expression to get the min and max vertices:

"vertex_ind" = maximum("vertex_ind", group_by:="[your_id_field]")
"vertex_ind" = 0

Then export the selected features as a new shapefile.

You can add the coordinates to a new field using the formula:



  • Does the coordinate means Latitude and Longitude?. Does the formmula will save 4 points for start and end points? For instance, • START_X: X-coordinate of line start• START_Y: Y-coordinate of line start, • END_X: X-coordinate of line end, • END_Y: Y-coordinate of line end. Something similar to here in ArcGis support.esri.com/en/technical-article/000012326
    – Case Msee
    Commented Feb 24, 2021 at 4:12
  • This would create 1 point for the end point and 1 point for the start point (2 points total). Do it twice and it will create 4 points total. You can print the x and y values in any system you want - just reproject the data or use the 'transform()' function in your codeblock
    – jdavid05
    Commented Feb 25, 2021 at 16:15
  • I run the extract specific vertices tool by selecting 0 and -1 for the start and end points as shown here i.sstatic.net/KP08p.png. It only displays 0,1,-1 etc. Is it possible convert these into unique ids such as start point:61543, edpoint:78654
    – Case Msee
    Commented Feb 26, 2021 at 0:43

Run the extract specific vertices tool. Select 0 and -1 for the start and end points to be created as a point layer. Join attributes by location to get both point datasets into the same layer.

  • The specific vertices tool only saves 0 and -1 in the attribute table. I need information of start and end points with ids such as start point:61543, edpoint:78654
    – Case Msee
    Commented Feb 23, 2021 at 11:23

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