I have a GeoJson file that I want to convert to ESRI Shapefile using ogr2ogr in FWTools.

I tried using

ogr2ogr -F "ESRI Shapefile" filename.shp geojsonfile.json OGRGeoJSON

I got output

ERROR 6: Can't create fields of type StringList on shapefile layers. ERROR 1: Attempt to write non-polygon (POINT) geometry to type shapefile. ERROR 1: Terminating translation prematurely after failed translation of layer OGRGeoJSON

GeoJSON input we are giving is in standard geojson format.

content of geojson are like {to share I took only a part from features array }




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You have to force the SHP geometry type (because the geometry type of GeoJSON Geometry Collection is not supported in SHPs) and use the -skipfailures option:

ogr2ogr -nlt POINT -skipfailures points.shp geojsonfile.json OGRGeoJSON    
ogr2ogr -nlt LINESTRING -skipfailures linestrings.shp geojsonfile.json OGRGeoJSON
ogr2ogr -nlt POLYGON -skipfailures polygons.shp geojsonfile.json OGRGeoJSON

(Tested with GDAL 1.10.0, released 2013/04/24)


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