I Have a CSV table where one of the columns has names of the post offices with the type given in brackets like this:

Sri venkateswara puram (Sub Office)

I want to extract the post office type, by using regular expressions, and I can use (?<=\().+?(?=\)) as the regular expression, but I can't figure out how I can copy the matching string to another column in Qgis's Field Calculator.

How do I extract the match of a Regular Expression in Qgis's Field Calculator, either using the inbuilt functions or custom functions?

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I solved this issue by writing the following custom function

Define new functions using @qgsfunction. feature and parent must always be the
last args. Use args=-1 to pass a list of values as arguments

from qgis.core import *
from qgis.gui import *
import re

@qgsfunction(args='auto', group='Custom')
def getRegexMatch(s, feature, value):
    p = re.compile(ur'(?<=\().+?(?=\))')
    result=re.findall(p, s)
    return result[-1]

After I loaded this function, I could populate the required column with the following expression getRegexMatch("Name")


Another shorter alternative would be to use the build in "if" function.

if( regexp_match( "fieldname",'criteria'), regexp_substr("fieldname",'criteria'),'')

  • This doesn't seem to work. Only outputs an empty string Mar 28, 2016 at 7:18
  • Misunderstoof your question at first, Edited the answer with the regexp_substr as output of the function. But you are right it is not working, possibly this built in function does not allow the full regexp vocabulary.
    – Matte
    Mar 28, 2016 at 7:48

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