Layer tools

Extract layer extent

Generates a vector layer with the minimum bounding box (rectangle with N-S orientation) that covers all the input features.

The output layer contains a single bounding box for the whole input layer.


In red the bounding box of the source layer

Default menu: Vector ‣ Research Tools


Label Name Type Description
Layer INPUT [layer] Input layer

[vector: polygon]

Default: [Create temporary layer]

Specify the polygon vector layer for the output extent. One of:

  • Create Temporary Layer (TEMPORARY_OUTPUT)
  • Save to File…
  • Save to Geopackage…
  • Save to PostGIS Table…

The file encoding can also be changed here.


Label Name Type Description
Extent OUTPUT [vector: polygon] Output (polygon) vector layer with the extent (minimum bounding box)