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i look for solution to get the unique values of an attribute of a vector layer. what is the best way in python qgis to get the unique values of one distinct attribute? I work with qgis 1.8.0.

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In QGIS without python you could just query the FieldCalculator with all unique values of a field (there is a button on the right side). A pythonic solution would also be possible. What do you need this value for? Please elaborate a bit –  Curlew Oct 8 '13 at 17:42
i have polygons described by an attribute "group". Each group contains 1 to about 10 polygons. I want to process the polygons belonging to a certain group in for-loop, i.e. for each iteration of the for-loop i select the polygons with setSubsetString to process this group, e.g. to write them to a shape file. However i do not know the group befor reading the vector layer. –  gallay Oct 8 '13 at 18:30
There is a split tool which will create separate shapefiles depending on an attribute if that's all you need. Otherwise, that plugin would also be the place to look for sample code. –  underdark Oct 8 '13 at 18:58
From the plugin you were mentioned the function split in splitterdialog.py is what i was looking for. Thank you for the hint! –  gallay Oct 8 '13 at 20:04

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Python's sets are handy for finding unique values. For example:

>>> set(range(4) + range(5) + range(6))
set([0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5])

Try something like this (pyqgis 1.8):

values = set()
for feature in layer:
    index = layer.fieldNameIndex(ATTRNAME)

Pyqgis 2.0:

values = set()
for feature in layer.getFeatures():
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