I have a file with polygons representing building areas and an attribute table with a column for building height, I want to export to DXF polylines with the property "Thickness" filled in with the building height.

Can anyone help me with how to do this in QGIS? I know I can convert the polygons to lines in qgis and export to DXF and have it show as polylines but the attribute does not carry over.

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This is a really good question, for which - i guess - there is no easy solution yet.

Because layer export depends on GDAL/OGR we can export style information, when we add a text column "OGR_STYLE" to our dataset. I.e. the value 'PEN(c:#FF0000)' sets the pen color to red. At the moment we can style some properties like colors, brushes, linestyles, symbols in DXF. Unfortunately, line width is not implemented (https://github.com/OSGeo/gdal/issues/3636).

Even adding EED (Extended Entity Data) is missing (https://github.com/OSGeo/gdal/issues/9472). With EED we could add arbitrary data to our polylines. I had similar requirements and had to generate my DXF manually via SQL, where I have all options.

BTW: you don't need to convert your polygons to linestrings, if you want to prevent hatches beeing created when exporting to DXF. Simply set the System Environment variable DXF_WRITE_HATCH=FALSE and your polygons are exported as polylines.


You could try to export your shape to DWG, or use the AutoCAD-addon spatial manager in order to import the shapefile with its attributes to CAD.


Here is some SQL code example to generate a DXF-Entities section for a POLYGON layer (enter code in DB Manager). To open the DXF in AutoCAD/BricsCAD, you have to prepend header.dxf and append trailer.dxf from GDAL first.

Sorry for adding the code as picture! ... always got an error while submitting the code as text.

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I assumed that the table is called buildings and contains a column height.
Copy the result into a text file (i.e. temp.dxf) and remove the header line ("txt"). Then add header.dxf and trailer.dxf to your file. If you are on Windows you will find the files here: C:\OSGeo4W\apps\gdal\share\gdal.
Use the Command Line Interface to copy the files: COPY header.dxf + temp.dxf + trailer.dxf buildings.dxf. The polyline width will be automatically assigned by the height attribute.

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