Is it possible to create a shapefile directly from a CSV WKT file in QGIS 2.01?


Save as shapefile doesn't seem to work.

  • Save as should work. What exactly happens if you try? Can you provide a few lines of the CSV for test purposes?
    – underdark
    Jan 10, 2014 at 8:42
  • Ok: wkt_geom WKT Indicator Unit Subgroup Area Area ID Time Perio Source Data Value Total ug_dis_txt ug_dis_t_1 ug_dis_t_2 ug_dis_t_3 ug_dis_t_4 NULL Rural safe water coverage Percent Total Kasese AFRUGA004006 1997 UGA_SA01, Statistical Abstract for the Year 2001, Uganda Bureau of Statistics_June 2001 56.8 56.8 MULTIPOLYGON (((29.69894176319956 -0.207959707995483,29.699173391560674 -0.207610084667762,29.69928899695746 -0.207609762601961,29.699288480121101 -0.207610802690738,29.69894176319956 -0.207959707995483)),((30.289259452112795 0.230890259465728,30.2895114 120 Pre 2005 0.274835 2.477278
    – TimTensen
    Jan 10, 2014 at 8:50
  • THis is only one line.. I cannot post most characters :)
    – TimTensen
    Jan 10, 2014 at 8:51
  • You can edit this into your question. The header line should be seperate. Otherwise you have a line separation problem, which might be Operating System dependent. What OS are you running?
    – AndreJ
    Jan 10, 2014 at 9:11

1 Answer 1


For a CSV import with WKT, the delimiter must be semicolon or tab, because comma and blank are already used inside the WKT field as point and coordinate separators.

You can exchange the separators with a good text editor (like Notepad++ on Windows).

  • Ok, I think I solved it by opening as delimited file and than save as shapefile.. I have to learn a lot :), installed QGis only a few day ago. Thanks!
    – TimTensen
    Jan 10, 2014 at 9:57
  • I am also new to the GIS stack exchange, how should I close a question after it is solved?
    – TimTensen
    Jan 10, 2014 at 9:58
  • @TimTensen There is a tick mark button besides every answer which you can use to "accept" the answer which solved your problem.
    – underdark
    Jan 10, 2014 at 10:11

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