I have a shapefile with only one field DN. I would like to delete all features which does not have specific value of the field. Let's say the DN can be 1,2 or 3.

So far I was able to find out how to select Features and how to delete feature, but I did not succeed to combine them. Let's say I want only features with DN = 3 to remain:

Selection of the Features found here, however, I do not know if it does what it is supposed to do since I did not find the way how to check what is inside.

select = layer.getFeatures(QgsFeatureRequest().setFilterExpression(u'"DN"!=3'))

delete features found here

res = Ilayer.dataProvider().deleteFeatures()

As far as I know, the deleteFeatures() requires IDs of the features, but I have no idea how to get them from from select which is QgsFeatureIterator.


You can loop over the iterator and get the .id() for every feature in it:

with edit(layer):
    # build a request to filter the features based on an attribute
    request = QgsFeatureRequest().setFilterExpression('"DN" != 3')

    # we don't need attributes or geometry, skip them to minimize overhead.
    # these lines are not strictly required but improve performance

    # loop over the features and delete
    for f in layer.getFeatures(request):

Or with QGIS < 2.12

request = QgsFeatureRequest().setFilterExpression('"DN" != 3')
ids = [f.id() for f in layer.getFeatures(request)]
for fid in ids:
  • Thank you, that was that! I just noticed that the FilterExpression was wrong (not u'"DN"=2||"DN"=1' but u'"DN"!=3' should be used). Please if you would edit your answer for this not to confuse other viewers.
    – MasterPJ
    Aug 29 '14 at 14:44
  • isn't it layer.dataProvider().deleteFeatures(ids)? Aug 13 '15 at 12:34
  • Using dataProvider() is possible but I prefer to work directly on the layer since this way the changes are communicated internally (to the map canvas, attribute table...) and other reasons. Aug 13 '15 at 21:34
  • 2
    layer.dataProvider().deleteFeatures(ids) has thrown crashes for me when layer.deleteFeature(fid) didnt... Bad crashes. The kind that cause a seg fault and kill qgis. The kind that take 6 hours to find... stick with the answer posted here. Bums me out because layer.dataProvider().deleteFeatures(ids) is all through my code and now I've got to fix it all.
    – Mr Purple
    Mar 9 '16 at 2:29

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