I want to digitize many identical features (same attributes). They will have different location. Type: points and lines. Is it possible to have presets? Like to select: "traffic calming" and then all the attributes of those presets apply, without me having to manually state which attributes that feature has.

  • From the menubar, you could use View > Select > Select by expression and enter an expression like "Field_Name" = 'traffic calming' to select all features in a layer which has this attribute. – Joseph Sep 19 '16 at 14:33
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    @Joseph that would allow the attributes to be set after features are created- this question is asking for an ability similar to ArcGIS Feature Templates where you get a 'palette' of pre-defined features you can draw with... – DPSSpatial_BoycottingGISSE Sep 19 '16 at 14:37
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    @DPSSpatial - Thanks for clarifying =). There was the featuretemplates tool which was being developed but not sure how far that got. Otherwise you could try the AutoFields plugin. – Joseph Sep 19 '16 at 14:50
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    @Joseph Oh nice those would both be useful plugins, actually - in addition to the 'feature template', the arcgis 'subtype and domain' concepts allow the ability to auto-assign attributes to new features, which is valuable for digitizing workflows... – DPSSpatial_BoycottingGISSE Sep 19 '16 at 14:55
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    @DPSSpatial - Interesting, I hear ArcGIS does have a 'few' extra tools than QGIS ;) – Joseph Sep 19 '16 at 14:57

No - not as of version 2.16. It's something that myself and a few of the other core developers would love to add but would need someone to step up and sponsor this work.

In versions >= 2.18 you can however set default values for fields, so that could potentially get you part-way there.


While waiting for this amazing new functionality, you can use the Autofields plugin, which can fill expression-based information into your fields at creation.

You can also just set the option in QGIS to use the last used value when creating new features:

use last values

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