If I have a vector layer in QGIS, how do I use Python to find the maximum value which a given field has? I need to convert the values in one field into values between 0 and 1. I guess I therefore need to set it to val/maxVal. That's why I need to find the maximum value.

  • and what if I'd like to evaluate the maximum for each unique value? This doesn't work at all...could someone find the error? thanks uniquevalues=layer.uniqueValues(index,limit=10000) for uv in uniquevalues: features = layer.getFeatures() for feat in features: values = [] attrs = feat.attributes() values.append(attrs[field]) if feat[field] == uv: maxarea = max(values) – FedericaZ May 17 '17 at 15:44

This does not work in qgis3. See below for updated answer

It is not necessary to get a complete list of field values. In QgsVectorLayer exists 'maximumValue' method. So, this works well and it's shorter:

layer = iface.activeLayer()

idx = layer.fieldNameIndex('fieldName')
print layer.maximumValue(idx)
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    I really should read the API more often ;) – Joseph Sep 15 '16 at 12:04
  • Perfect - just what I needed, and works perfectly. Thanks! – Tom Chadwin Sep 15 '16 at 12:46
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    Just a note - the biggest advantage of using QgsVectorLayer.maximumValue over iterating through every value is that maximumValue can hand calculation of the maximum over to the data source itself. Ie, for a Postgres layer QGIS will send a simple "select max("field") from ..." query to the database, rather then having to fetch every single feature from the database and iterate through them. It's a dramatic performance win. – ndawson Sep 15 '16 at 22:07
  • Not working on string columns. Code proposed by Joseph fix te issue. – Kostadin Jan 16 '18 at 14:07

You could use the following in the Python Console to print out the maximum value for a given field:

values = []
layer = qgis.utils.iface.activeLayer()
idx = layer.fieldNameIndex('fieldName')
for feat in layer.getFeatures():
    attrs = feat.attributes()

print max(values)
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    It is not necessary to get a complete list of field values. In QgsVectorLayer exists 'maximumValue' method. – xunilk Sep 15 '16 at 12:02
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    Also works, but @xunilk's is the better solution. – Tom Chadwin Sep 15 '16 at 12:47
  • @TomChadwin - Can't argue there =) – Joseph Sep 15 '16 at 12:49

The accepted answer does not work in QGIS3.

Now one has to do:


(I am setting fieldname as the first line to make it easier to cut and paste for someone wanting to test it with their layer)

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