I've installed QGIS 2.16 and have noticed that the Merge (Vector Menu>Data Management) doesn't appear to have a Folder option anymore. This was the option that allowed you to process/merge a complete folder without having to load layers into your project/workspace first. I've had a look at the changelog for QGIS 2.16 - although fTools have been replaced by Processing tools I can't see why the extra functionality has been removed.

  • Can you try something? With QGIS 2.16 Processing became a core plugin - you might have to delete the .qgis2/python/plugins/processing folder so that the old plugin doesn't conflict with the upgraded one. Try that and let me know if it brings back the old functionality you're looking for.
    – SaultDon
    Jul 21, 2016 at 14:44
  • I'd say make a feature request hub.qgis.org/projects/quantum-gis/issues Jul 21, 2016 at 15:33
  • Thanks Matthias and SaultDon. SaultDon - I uninstalled / deleted all versions and related folders before installing 2.16. From what I gather the replacement Merge (see AndreJs answer below) has lost this functionality.
    – user77875
    Jul 22, 2016 at 7:44

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Due to the drop of ftools, there is no chance to merge a whole folder of shapefiles from the GUI anymore. It should be possible with ogr2ogr on the commandline: http://www.northrivergeographic.com/ogr2ogr-merge-shapefiles , but you have to be sure only merging files of the same geometry type.

The Merge Vector layers algorithm only deals with loaded layers from the canvas. This is more or less what the SAGA module of the same name already does, but far less than ftoools provided.

I reported the bug at https://hub.qgis.org/issues/15321. Lets see how the developers deal with it.

  • Thanks for this. Hopefully the functionality will get added in in time for the next QGIS release!
    – user77875
    Jul 22, 2016 at 7:46
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    Unfortunately, the developers don't want to. You are encouraged to use the batch processing instead. Or keep a copy of QGIS 2.14 in a safe place ...
    – AndreJ
    Jul 27, 2016 at 15:18

As an alternative, there is the Merge shapes plugin which has the same basic functionality of the fTools' Merge tool:

Merge shapes plugin

You can download this from the menubar:

Plugins > Manage and Install Plugins...
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    @user77875 - Most welcome, I agree in that they should bring back the old tool but according to the bug report by AndreJ, it would seem they have rejected it :(
    – Joseph
    Jul 26, 2016 at 13:00
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    It would appear they have. Shame, because although they suggest batch processing as a workaround, it really isn't as quick as pointing to a directory / folder.
    – user77875
    Jul 27, 2016 at 15:27

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