How is it possible to search feature in QGIS?

I have lots of points with ID. Is it possible to search points using ID?

Update: I'm looking for a solution that centres the map to that point.

  • Find by attributes seems nice for what I want to do. I have tried Quick finder but no luck some error keep coming and I have submited that to the developer. Is Find by attribute available in QGIS 2.4 if yes what repository I can find it in? Regards Surag
    – user34911
    Jul 23, 2014 at 1:29

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(For QGIS 3.x, Locator bar at the bottom of the window)

As @fuzzysolutions mentioned, use f <search_term> to search for any attribute on the active layer.

Use af <search_term> to across all layers by Display Name (configurable under Layer Properties -> Display)

Search Layers plugin is still needed to search all layers by any attribute.

Reference: https://docs.qgis.org/testing/en/docs/user_manual/introduction/qgis_configuration.html#locator-settings

  • On my 13300 rows x 32 columns dataset it spins, and spins... and nothing happens :(
    – PeterM
    Jul 31, 2023 at 13:33

I am using Search Layers plugin for the searching all the features of all the layers of the of the project. It is working fine for me.

Yes, when you select a search result, it zooms to that particular feature.


"Find by attributes" plugin has an "auto zoom" to the features that were found. It can reduce the number of necessary clicks.


You have a search option in the attribute table , where you can search the features on the basis of their attribute fields.

  • how to search on map
    – kinkajou
    Apr 9, 2012 at 6:19
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    when you search for a feature in the attribute table you will have a highlight selected feature button , which will display the selected feature on the map.
    – SNT
    Apr 9, 2012 at 6:58
  • The limitation of this approach is a) too many steps: open attribute table or hit Cntrl-F, then enter the search command, then click ok, then go to the attribute table and select the particular row of interest from all those that match the search, then click zoom to selection. AND at the end of this, you only get to see the feature selected, other features become invisible, which often is not useful
    – Sharad
    Nov 25, 2021 at 10:05

MMQGIS has some nice searching tools: http://michaelminn.com/linux/mmqgis/

It's available as a plugin, and when installed, there's a white button available that does simple, fast searching on an attribute field. That works really well for searching for a value in a dataset you have.

It can also search using the Google Places API or Open Street Map, so you can search for anything at all.

I reckon MMQGIS is the one for you.


Just to revive this old thread for others: Searching features (and many things more) has been greatly improved in QGIS 3.x by the QGIS locator bar. There is less need for additional plugins now.

For features, type "f ATTRIBUTE" with any attribute - you get a list of suggestions with the field name and the respective attribute value. Select using the arrow keys, then press enter to zoom to it.

  • Any idea if we can select the feature located?
    – user25976
    Jan 27, 2022 at 20:21

You will have an option in the attribute table named zoom map to the selected rows(ctrl+j). That 'll do. This is a late reply, But others might get some help with this.


the query-builder should do the desired action (when I understand your question right). right click on the point-layer in the left paneland select query and enter your query e.g. id >100

  • it doesn't move map to that point center map to that point
    – kinkajou
    Apr 9, 2012 at 6:23

I have the same problem too. In newer versions of QGIS haven't found any extension to do that. "find by attribute" was great. I have made a arcview 3.x extension to perform that job, you can download it here if you like: download. I'll try to make it for QGIS but python is quite harder for me. Anyhow, I think my tool could help you if you have Arcview 3.x.

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