I am attempting to do a join in QGIS between a SQL Server Spatial table and a non-spatial table (on a single integer field). I was able to add both successfully and make the join, but the query builder dialog only shows the fields from the spatial table.

I also tried setting a feature filter on the non-spatial table before joining to the spatial table, but that filter was not honored (no error, but no affect on the layer).

QGIS version: 2.12.1-Lyon QGIS code revision: 16760fd

Microsoft SQL Server 2012 - 11.0.2100.60 (X64) Feb 10 2012 19:39:15 Copyright (c) Microsoft Corporation Enterprise Edition (64-bit) on Windows NT 6.1 <X64> (Build 7601: Service Pack 1) (Hypervisor)

  • would loading the non-spatial table into MSSQL be out of the question / workflow? Commented Dec 21, 2015 at 17:37
  • The non-spatial table IS an MSSQL table. For environments where I can, I just build a spatial view that does the filtering that I need. But for other environments and/or users w/ limited privs, can the filtering be done with the software? Commented Dec 21, 2015 at 17:43
  • Try saving your joined layer as a shapefile in order to save all columns in a proper file? Joining tables in QGIS is a temporary process that often need saving into a new file to be able to work with all columns, including the joined ones.
    – wiltomap
    Commented Dec 22, 2015 at 8:48

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I found these 2 feature requests which seem to confirm that you can't filter the layer on the joined table. The workaround is to export the layer to shapefile as @wiltomap suggested (provided the data is static).

Not possible to define subset of layer using field from joined table

query / filter on attribute tables with external tables joined

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