I'm trying to import a small delimited (tab separated) text into QGIS. The coordinates are in UTM format.


Sample data:

id N E
PT-001 7237229 146872
PT-002 7237230 146897

The first column contains labels, the other columns (E and N) contain coordinates (numeric integers). I've specified the UTM zone in the Geometric CRS (EPSG:31983), so it seems I don't need it inside the file (there's not even an input field for it).

I'm getting an error message:

Layer is not valid: The layer file:///home/....csv?type=csv&delimiter=%5Ct&maxFields=10000&detectTypes=yes&xField=E&yField=N&crs=EPSG:31983&spatialIndex=no&subsetIndex=no&watchFile=no is not a valid layer and can not be added to the map. Reason:

The fact that it gives no reason is just a pain. What is possibly happening?

  • 2
    Add the headers and one line of CSV data as well. You can use fake values, the structure is what is important.
    – user30184
    Mar 20, 2021 at 14:38
  • @user30184 Added it.
    – Rodrigo
    Mar 20, 2021 at 14:44
  • I tried to import your sample data with the same settings and got no issue (QGIS 3.10) ... just copied and pasted (but replaced spaces by tabs)
    – Snaileater
    Mar 20, 2021 at 15:56
  • @snaileater Strangely, this site is replacing my tabs with spaces, but they're tabs on my original file.
    – Rodrigo
    Mar 20, 2021 at 16:06
  • Works for me with your settings and with the sample data that I copied while in edit mode.
    – user30184
    Mar 20, 2021 at 16:39

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Your Sample Data has mixed spaces and tabs. Stick with one or the other and it'll work.

  • No, it only has tabs.
    – Rodrigo
    Mar 20, 2021 at 15:28
  • 2
    @Pointdump : how can u say ?
    – Snaileater
    Mar 20, 2021 at 15:44
  • 1
    Rendering the text on the browser is changing some characters. Having a look in edit mode shows that single tab is really used as a separator.
    – user30184
    Mar 20, 2021 at 16:32

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