I am currently working on a project with "on the fly"-projection (WGS 84 / UTM zone 32U).

I want to import a CSV file. file with points that have a longitude and latitude using the "Add Delimited Text Layer"-tool. In the tool I have to select a CRS. I tried this with several CRS's.

At first, the points will not show up correctly, but if I manually select a random CRS, then the points will show up correctly.

If I zoom out, the following Error will appear:

Error: "latitude or longitude exceeded limits"

I already read, that this might happen because of the lon&lat and a projected CRS, but this does not help me up to now.

This is how my CSV file looks like: csv-file

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    caa you show us how the first lines of the csv look like?
    – Gago-Silva
    Commented Jan 6, 2013 at 18:49
  • I added a screenshot. Nevertheless, I do not think that the .csv-file causes the problem. I still think it has something to do with the project's CRS. I was able to load the file into a project without "on the fly"-projection and it seemed to work there.
    – Gideon
    Commented Jan 6, 2013 at 19:19
  • try also to take out also the "other" field. it is repeated 3 times, and the first one has commas.
    – Gago-Silva
    Commented Jan 7, 2013 at 10:27

2 Answers 2


You have to distinguish between the project CRS and the layer CRS. Your data is in lat/lon degrees, so the layer CRS should be EPSG:4326, WGS84.

Your project CRS can be anything else. In most cases a projected CRS, where units are metres or feet. On-the-fly projection should always be activated.

Just be sure to check the "Decimal separator is comma" box when you have decimal commas in your coordinates.


Try this: edit your .CSV file, changing DOT instead of COMMA in lat/lon fields...

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