I have more than 100 layers loaded in map canvas. Some layers don't have any feature. I would like to delete all layer with zero feature count.

Is it possible to get a script which can delete all these layers?

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    Yes it's possible. What have you got so far? May 24, 2016 at 3:44

2 Answers 2


Better than a script, there's a plugin to achieve it, and it's called "Remove empty layers from the map."


Disclaimer: I'm the plugin's author.


Without knowing exactly where you're up to it's a bit difficult, but here's the nuts and bolts:

layermap = QgsMapLayerRegistry.instance().mapLayers()
RemoveLayers = []
for name, layer in layermap.iteritems():
    if layer.isValid():
        if layer.type() == QgsMapLayer.VectorLayer:
            if layer.featureCount() == 0:
if len(RemoveLayers) > 0:
    QgsMapLayerRegistry.instance().removeMapLayers( RemoveLayers )

I was also going to comment on http://plugins.qgis.org/plugins/RemoveEmptyLayers/ but as the author has already answered that one I'll just upvote his answer.

Also have a read of How to remove a vector QgsVectorLayer from QGis python plugin which is related.

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