My QGIS ToC contains layer groups and some layers that do not belong to any group.

I would like to create a text file containing the name of those layers that do not belong to any group.

Is there an automated way to do it?

  • Could you please expand a bit your question? What would you like the txt file to contain? Jan 25, 2015 at 12:30
  • my excuses,I work with many layers (100+) some of them I grouped together. Those that I could not group someone else need to have a look at. For this reason I would like the txt file to contain the names of those layers I did not group. Basically just a list. I could do this manually but hope there is another way to do so.
    – kwai
    Jan 25, 2015 at 13:06

1 Answer 1


You can do that from the QGIS Python console. Follow this workflow:

  1. Open the QGIS Python console

  2. Adjust the following line to match the path of your text file and copy the whole line to the QGIS Python console:

    textFilePath = '/tmp/non_grouped_layers.txt'

    As you can see, in the example above, I want to create a text file named 'non_grouped_layers.txt' in the folder /tmp/, I'm on a GNU/Linux machine.

  3. Press Enter.

  4. Copy the following code snippet to your QGIS Python console and, after that, press Enter a couple of times:

    # Get a reference of the layer tree
    root = QgsProject.instance().layerTreeRoot()
    tree = root.children()
    # Get names of non-grouped layers
    nonGrouped = []
    for node in tree:
        if isinstance( node, QgsLayerTreeLayer ):
            nonGrouped.append( node.layerName() )
    #Save the nonGrouped list as text file
    f = open( textFilePath, 'wt')
    f.write( '\n'.join( nonGrouped ) )

You should now have your text file with the list of non-grouped layers.

In the screenshot you can see my QGIS ToC arrangement and the text file I get from running the code snippet.

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If you face troubles, tell me.

  • On trying this in QGIS3 console I get the following error -is there some difference in running this line? f = open( textFilePath, 'wt') Traceback (most recent call last): File "C:\OSGEO4~1\apps\Python37\lib\codeop.py", line 133, in call codeob = compile(source, filename, symbol, self.flags, 1) File "<input>", line 4 f = open( textFilePath, 'wt') ^
    – GeorgeC
    Feb 16, 2019 at 12:05
  • 1
    node.layerName() has changed in QGIS 3, it should be now node.name(). Other than that, everything should work. Just tested it and it runs smoothly. Feb 16, 2019 at 13:44

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