Working in QGIS I have a point layer with ad attribute "NAME". Is there any way to automatically create a folder called "NAME" where putting the attachments? Maybe I could use something like this "How to check if a directory exists and create it if necessary?" But how could I checking it directly from the active layer in QGIS?

  • Could you describe what you mean by "attachment"? And your attribute, is this a field called "NAME"?
    – Joseph
    Commented Jan 18, 2017 at 14:06
  • Attachments are files (pdf, tif ...) that describe the point (Building). "NAME" is the code of building. Commented Jan 18, 2017 at 14:21
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    What storage format are you using? If the files are in a separate folder, that's not really an "attachment", since it's not actually attached.
    – jpmc26
    Commented Jan 18, 2017 at 17:06
  • Right. I used a wrong word. I mean all the documentation about the building. Commented Jan 18, 2017 at 17:32

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You could try using the following in the Python Console which:

  • Reads all attributes in your "NAME" field
  • Checks the parent directory to see if it contains directories with the same name as the attributes
  • If a directory does not exist, it is created.

    import os
    layer = iface.activeLayer()
    idx = layer.fieldNameIndex('NAME')  
    path = "path/to/directory"
    for feat in layer.getFeatures():
        attrs = feat.attributes()
        if not os.path.exists(path + attrs[idx]):
            os.makedirs(path + attrs[idx])
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    @DanielePiccolo - Most welcome, glad it worked :)
    – Joseph
    Commented Jan 18, 2017 at 15:14

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