Feature request #13797

Support native editing of GeoJSON files

Added by Nathaniel V. Kelso over 8 years ago. Updated almost 8 years ago.

Pull Request or Patch supplied:No Resolution:up/downstream
Easy fix?:No Copied to github as #:21822


I can load a GeoJSON file in QGIS and view it, great!
I can export any data layer in QGIS as a GeoJSON file, great!
But I can't edit a GeoJSON file in QGIS, which makes me sad :(

While simple files can be edited in a web tool like geojson.io, it would be amazing to edit more complex files (especially data properties other than geometry) in QGIS like a desktop GIS pro. Today I end up loading the GeoJOSN file, exporting to SHP, edit the properties / shape, save the SHP, export the SHP to GeoJSON. Which is a lot of steps and isn't a great workflow to undertake or explain to people. I also worry borking geom precision during all those conversions (with no testing, so maybe it's not valid concern).

I would use this feature to on-off and bulk edit records in Who's On First [1], Mapzen's free and open data gazetteer.

Two workaround suggestions were given on Twitter [2]:

Maybe one of these can be developed into something more robust & native?

[1] https://github.com/whosonfirst/whosonfirst-data
[2] https://twitter.com/kelsosCorner/status/662317579394912257


#1 Updated by Giovanni Manghi over 8 years ago

  • Tracker changed from Bug report to Feature request
  • Category set to Vectors

#2 Updated by Nyall Dawson over 8 years ago

  • Resolution set to up/downstream

Requires support for editing GeoJSON formats in OGR.

#3 Updated by Thomas Gratier over 8 years ago

For information, it seems feasible according to Even Rouault (GDAL lead dev) https://twitter.com/EvenRouault/status/662594852970893312
I think he would be happy to make the job at OGR level but don't really know how manage funding in this particular case https://twitter.com/EvenRouault/status/663003352511352832

#4 Updated by Nyall Dawson over 8 years ago

Well... this isn't something that QGIS can fund. You'd need to discuss with Even about the costs for implementing this in OGR and then do some fundraising/crowdsourcing to make it happen.

#5 Updated by Nathaniel V. Kelso over 8 years ago

I've emailed Even to investigate LOE and funding options.

#6 Updated by Nyall Dawson almost 8 years ago

  • Status changed from Open to Closed

Upstream issue, resolved in GDAL 2.1. When GDAL 2.1 is released and QGIS is built with it GeoJSON editing will be supported.

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