When selecting a feature from census boundary file and using "save selection as" to create a new shapefile, I get the following error:

"Export to vector file failed.
Error: creation of layer failed (OGR error:Failed to open Shapefile `brent.shp'.
)" boundary file attached  

I have re-installed QGIS 1.8 several times, but that didn't help. Also, I cannot seem to create new vector files from joins using "Save selection as..."

Has anyone found a solution to these problems?

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    Have you made sure that you have write access to the folder which the Shapefile should be created in? Did you use the file dialog to pick the destination, or did you just write a file name into the input field?
    – underdark
    Jul 17, 2013 at 15:14
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    Have you selected a filename different from the shapefile you already have opened in QGIS?
    – AndreJ
    Jul 17, 2013 at 17:17

3 Answers 3


Try browsing to the location you want to save your shapefile.

The "save as" input field should have a path, for example: /Users/yourname/Desktop/example.shp


I also had this problem. I solved it by selecting a folder that I could save to and removing spaces from the filepath.


Save Vector Layer as

I faced this issue and found the solution as, shapefiles doesn't support binary data type as compared to GDB files and CAD files. Hence while exporting, I unticked the columns of binary data types in the attribute table and exported sucessfully.

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