I'm trying to create a points in the middle of polylines. The data is now in the form of shapefile. Is there an easy way to do this?

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    What software do you have available? If you have ArcGIS, you can use the Feature Vertices to Points tool to get the midpoint of a line as stated in this question. You can do this in 10.1 with a trial licence (Advanced). Commented Nov 15, 2012 at 8:27

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This is a simple way to find the center of lines in QGis: Vector > Analysis > Mean Coordinates

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This worked very nice and fast.

Points are created in another shapefile, and the attribute table already comes with the coordinates along with the Unique ID field you selected earlier.

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I tried before to convert the lines into polygons, then extracting the polygon centroids, but the new solution is one step shorter.

  • This does not help. I tried this on an exploded line layer that was converted from a polygon layer, but it creates centroids outside the lines instead of in the center of the exploded lines.
    – JAT86
    Commented Jul 24, 2021 at 0:32

if you have qgis;

  1. use SPIT - Shapefile to PostGIS Import Tool to adding your shapefile as postgis table
  2. run this query:


SELECT id, ST_AsText(ST_Centroid(the_geom)) as Cetroids FROM myPolyLines;


SELECT id,CENTER(the_geom) as Cetroids FROM myPolyLines;

ST_Centroid — Returns the geometric center of a geometry.

Computes the geometric center of a geometry, or equivalently, the center of mass of the geometry as a POINT. more info

it will return you centroid of your line then you can update or set it as new column or anything.



use feature vertices to point in arcmap : Arctoolbox => data management tools => Features => Feature Vertices to point => select mid point type .

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