I downloaded a GeoJSON file from vangdata.carto.com and I'm trying to convert it to CSV that has geometry data in tact. I'm trying to achieve the same result as a CSV file when exported from public.opendatasoft.com which is following:

This is the Geo_Shape column

"{""type"": ""MultiPolygon"", ""coordinates"": [[[[3.20543629, 42.07333392606152], [3.206103403, 42.07336071406152], [3.20583872...

Which then is very easy to digest by BigQuery. Unfortunately, online converters seem to only export the textual data from GeoJSON, leaving the geometry out completely.

In QGIS, when I load GeoJSON file, the map shows correctly: enter image description here

Then right click -> Export -> Save Feature As

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The settings are standard, I leave Geometry section as Automatic but unfortunately the exported CSV does not contain the geometry column at all

I stumbled upon this topic that gave me the idea of using QGIS to convert those files rather than online converters: Windows software to convert GeoJSON (> 6Mb) to Excel/CSV?

How can I convert the GeoJSON (or TopoJSON or even Shapefile - I can get any from vangdata.carto.com) to a CSV with geometry column like above?

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    "that has in tact" is a typo, but I can't figure out what you meant to type.
    – Vince
    Commented Feb 25, 2021 at 12:26

2 Answers 2


You need to set Layer Options > GEOMETRY to any option except <Default> in Save Vector Layer as... window.

  • Thanks. I tested it and it worked with GEOMETRY > AS_WKT, all the others would remove the geometry column. And of course WKT is also compatible with BigQuery
    – Moseleyi
    Commented Feb 25, 2021 at 10:50

You can also use this official GDAL recipe if you prefer command line

ogr2ogr -f CSV -dialect sqlite -sql "select AsGeoJSON(geometry) AS geom, * from input" output.csv input.shp

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