I would like to know if there is an option in QGIS labeling engine which would remove all the duplicate labels.

My polygon layer contains a few features with same name. So when labeled it becomes a cluster which does not look good.

  • i play a bit with mymaps application from google.. seems it does not work on mymaps (though it works on acrGIS or QGIS ). The label still mentioned multiple times on some features (polygons) <br> NOrth Sumatera map – user45653 Jan 28 '15 at 11:37

Check also if you are using the old labelling engine (the one still available in the vector properties) or if you are using the new labelling engine, available through a button in the toolbar (the icon has the letters "abc" underlined with a blue line). The new engine is much better than the old and there is more control on how/what labels draw.


For polygons, there is an option called "label every part of multi-part features" in advanced labeling settings. Consequently, it is possible to label only one part of a multi-part feature.

If I understand you correctly, your dataset contains multiple polygon features with same labels but the are NOT part of one multi-part feature.

Therefore, you'll have to merge these single-part features into multi-part features based on the label attribute: Vector - Geometry tools - Singleparts to multipart.

  • I have multi-part point features in a shape which insist on being labeled. (Found this answer while looking for a reason.) Label every part of mulit-part features is turned off. The multi-part points are so close together in my 1:5000 print composer that the chosen symbols overlap. I can't find a way of only one point of the group being labeled. – R'n'E Sep 26 '17 at 13:50
  • @WilliamBligh Please start a new thread if you have a new question. – underdark Sep 27 '17 at 18:54
  • Just wanted to help people who end up here looking for an answer to a similar Q. No time to create a reprodicible example. – R'n'E Sep 28 '17 at 11:07

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