I would like to update one attribute of a feature. However, I don't know to update it using the feature object. I have to use data provider to update it.

layers = QgsMapLayerRegistry.instance().mapLayersByName('my_line') 
layer = layers[0]
dp = layer.dataProvider()
it = dp.getFeatures()

for i in range(0, dp.featureCount()):
  feat = it.next()
  attrs = { 2 : 30 }
  layer.dataProvider().changeAttributeValues({ feat.id() : attrs })

Can I change the value of an attribute using QgsFeature object?

Moreover, is it possible to loop using an iterator object?

  • how can I change values without using the index? I would like to change the values by naming their fieldname. That would be much more comfortable. Thank you very much! Greetings Robert – Robert B K Jan 5 '18 at 21:20
  • Simply use my_index = layer.fieldNameIndex("my_field_name") to get the index. – Germán Carrillo Jan 5 '18 at 22:18
  • in this case i cant add in the field the string how i can do? – Hamed Makian Mar 13 '18 at 13:24
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Answering your two questions:

  1. You can change your feature values from the layer object, no need to access the dataProvider().

  2. Yes, you can use the iterator in a for loop.

Check the code below:

layers = QgsMapLayerRegistry.instance().mapLayersByName('my_line') 
layer = layers[0]
it = layer.getFeatures()

for feat in it:
  layer.changeAttributeValue(feat.id(), 2, 30)


This updates the third (index 2) field value to 30 for all layer features.

Note: As you pointed out, for some reason the QgsFeature object cannot update feature values, although the API says it can.


Yes, but you have to know the index of the field:

QgsFeature::setAttribute(int field,const QVariant & attr )  

You can get the fields using QgsFeature::fields and then iterate through them until you find the one you want or QgsFeature::attribute(const QString & name ) to find the field index by name.

The reason for QVariant is that the setAttribute can take Integer, Float, Date and Text types. QgsFeature.attribute(name) returns a variant also of type int if the attribute is found and something else if it can't be found.. be aware of this in your code. A try..except block would be warranted, try to convert to int and except if type is not int.

It is possible that your feature doesn't support this method. Another method that I have employed is QgsVectorLayer::changeAttributeValue:


This tells the layer to update a specific feature and specific attribute. In the example case the value comes from a widget.

  • I tried feat.setAttribute(1, QVariant(20)) but the system said TypeError: PyQt4.QtCore.QVariant represents a mapped type and cannot be instantiated – wannik Jun 16 '14 at 3:09
  • feat.setAttribute(1, 20) is how I've done it before. That is put the value '20' into attribute 1. – Michael Stimson Jun 16 '14 at 3:11
  • I tried feat.setAttribute(1, 20) but the values don't change. However, I can print(feat.attributes()[1]) – wannik Jun 16 '14 at 3:28
  • See edits, perhaps you have to call the QgsVectorLayer.changeAttributeValue which should use the driver to make the changes. – Michael Stimson Jun 16 '14 at 3:38

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