I have been able to select features using an attribute from a Point vector file:

expr = QgsExpression("\"NAME\" = 'PESCOE'") 
collegePoint = collegeLayer.getFeatures( QgsFeatureRequest (expr))

#get ids  
ids = [i.id() for i in collegePoint]

#select the features  

Now for each of the selected features I wish to create a temporary buffer layer (not as presented in Buffering in pyQGIS?, as it is not quite clear).

How do I achieve this?

1 Answer 1


You could use the following which:

  1. Creates a list of your selected features.
  2. Clears the selection.
  3. Iterates through each feature in the list, selects it and runs the processing buffer algorithm.
  4. Each buffer is a temporary output which are immediately loaded.

Note that the "Use only selected features" option must be enabled in:

Processing > Options > General > Use only selected features

Here is the code:

import processing
layer = iface.activeLayer()
feat_list = []
for feat in layer.selectedFeatures():


for selected_feat in feat_list:
    layer.select( selected_feat.id() )
    processing.runandload("qgis:fixeddistancebuffer", layer, 0.01, 99, False, None)


Sample points:

Sample points



  • what if i want all the buffers in one layer and not a separate layer for each buffer ? Jun 12, 2017 at 11:13
  • @AbhijitGujar - Just run processing.runandload("qgis:fixeddistancebuffer", layer, 0.01, 99, False, None) without a for loop :)
    – Joseph
    Jun 12, 2017 at 11:19
  • Thanks but what i want is to make buffer for 1000 features but i certainly don't want 1000 buffers in layer panel but i need all 1000 buffers in one layer Jun 12, 2017 at 13:25
  • @AbhijitGujar - Could you ask this as a new question please? I'm not sure I follow. Also include any code you have used :)
    – Joseph
    Jun 12, 2017 at 13:30

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