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I am working on a plugin that would highlight selected features by changing its color. Can anyone help me regarding this? The plugin searches for required features and once found, I want that those features are highlighted with color different from the layer color. How to do this?

Here is the snippet:

def processResults(self, results):
    if self.layer is None:
    if self.selectBox.isChecked():
        if len(results) == 0:

        if self.panBox.isEnabled() and self.panBox.isChecked():
            canvas = self.iface.mapCanvas()
            rect = canvas.mapRenderer().layerExtentToOutputExtent(self.layer, self.layer.boundingBoxOfSelected())
            if rect is not None:
                if self.scaleBox.isEnabled() and self.scaleBox.isChecked():
                    canvas.setExtent(QgsRectangle(rect.center(), rect.center()))

This code just scales the canvas 1.5 times, what I want is not zooming in it, but just highlight it on the same scale by either changing color or any other means. How to do it?

marked as duplicate by underdark Oct 13 '14 at 17:59

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  • please help me anyone, its urgent – shahryar Oct 12 '14 at 12:01
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    no chance to look extensively - but this question and answer seems similar. – fluidmotion Oct 12 '14 at 14:37
  • Actually in the answer given in the above link does not tell how to highlight or color the feature differently from the rest of the layer. I have already used setSelectedFeature option (can be seen in the above edited code snippet) but it doesn't help. Can anyone help please? – shahryar Oct 13 '14 at 8:21
  • QGIS will automatically apply the selection color if the selection is set correctly. You should not have to do anything manually. – underdark Oct 13 '14 at 18:02

Difficult to tell what all your extra code is doing, but these two lines, executed in the Python console, select and highlight the first two features in the active layer:

  • thanks very much, finally I got my feature selected as well as highlighted. It was highlighted previously as well, but it was hidden another feature. – shahryar Oct 14 '14 at 10:14

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