I have a polygon shapefile storing hexadecimal color codes in a specific attribute.

  gid    |   label   |   color
1        | Crops     | #FF5F2C
2        | Forest    | #00FF00
3        | Pond      | #0000FF
4        | Forest    | #00FF00

I was looking for a way to say QGIS to read these values in order to style the polygons with them. I can't find anything about this.

I hoped it would be possible without deeping into the Python Console (which still frightens me...).

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In Layer Properties make a click on "Simple Fill" (in the left part). On the right side click the symbol for data defined color and choose Field type: string > color (field in the attribute table).

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It works in QGIS 2.8.2. But I'm missing the different colors for this layer "buffer" in the map legend. enter image description here


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