I am looking for the shortest distance between "n" points and lines. I've been searching (I'm new to Qgis) and I get the expression:

length( make_line ( $geometry, closest_point ( geometry ( get_feature_by_id ( 'Shape_1', array_to_string ( overlay_nearest ( 'ADAMO_11', $id ) ) ) ) , $geometry ) ) )

With the "geometry Generator" it only makes lines at the symbology level but I cannot process the data.

I have extracted the information from: QGIS 3.16.11 shortest distance between point and line via field calculator and overlay_nearest

I add two screenshots, in the second the value that appears is not in meters. (I checked it with the ruler)

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The expression that you indicate in the comment returns values ​​but they are not in meters. I put it in the screenshot of the question.

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    – Ian Turton
    Jul 13, 2022 at 7:48
  • Your question is not clear: where do you want to have the information? On the point or on the line layer? You want to add a value for the length to the attribute table or you want to draw the lines?
    – Babel
    Jul 13, 2022 at 8:07
  • I need to know the distance from the points to the lines. I need the information on point.
    – Ester
    Jul 13, 2022 at 9:52
  • There is a screenshot that I can't see in the comments of the post and it is where the problem was fixed @babel
    – Ester
    Jul 13, 2022 at 11:47
  • The expression I use is: length ( make_line( $geometry , closest_point( geometry( get_feature_by_id ( 'ADAMO_11', array_to_string( overlay_nearest ( 'ADAMO_11', $id ) ) ) ), $geometry ) ) ) But the preview is "null"
    – Ester
    Jul 13, 2022 at 11:49

1 Answer 1


If you run join attributes by nearest with your pointlayer as first input and you line layer as second input, it will by default attach the attributes of the nearest line feature, as well as the distance to that feature, to your points.

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