I want to split a fairly large polygon with the Split Features tool from the Advanced Digitizing Toolbar in QGIS. However, I get an error:

No features were split: If there are selected features, the split tool only applies to those. If you would like to split all features under the split line, clear the selection.

I can confirm that no features are selected and that the polygon has a valid geometry. I am able to split smaller sections of the polygon (fewer nodes between splits) but not larger sections of the polygon.

Data sample available: http://www.filedropper.com/problempolygon
QGIS version: 3.18.1 (Windows)
CRS: EPSG:32718
Data source: Shapefile
Geom type: Multipolygon (Single parts)

Any suggestions on what the problem might be and how to fix it?


2 Answers 2


For me your shapefile with polygons seems to be okay. I checked it with the "Check validity".

Here is the recreated problem: problem

It appeared because basic usage-requirements were not met when working with the "Split Features".

So, there are several ideas on how to overcome it:

  1. Either the splitting line has to be drown beyond the geometry resolution_1

  2. or the splitting line has to snap vertices/segments of the geometry resultion_2

  • 1
    Solution 1 and 2 worked. Thanks
    – PyMapr
    Commented Aug 27, 2021 at 12:13

In case your feature consists of inner rings, make sure to use the "split feature" tool in such a way that it covers the entire feature.

For example: wrong use of split tool

and in the right case below: right use of split tool

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