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?

  • please help me anyone, its urgent
    – shahryar
    Oct 12, 2014 at 12:01
  • 1
    no chance to look extensively - but this question and answer seems similar. Oct 12, 2014 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, 2014 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, 2014 at 18:02

1 Answer 1


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, 2014 at 10:14

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