I need to copy the attribute value (only one particular attribute) of a selected point and save it in a text file. Is there any Python script or plugin which can do this for me? I need to save a lot of points so individually copying the values is going to be tedious.

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If you only want to save values from one particular field, you could use something like the following in the Python Console:

def save(fieldName):
    result_path = 'path/to/file.txt'
    layer = iface.activeLayer()
    result = ''
    for feat in layer.selectedFeatures():
        result += str(feat[fieldName]) + '\n'
    with open(result_path, 'a') as f:

Then select your features and type save('myField') to run the function (note the single quotes around the field name).

Personally, I would also include the id of the feature so that it can be matched to the attribute. So if you wanted, you could replace:

result += str(feat[fieldName]) + '\n'


result += str(feat.id()) + ': ' + str(feat[fieldName]) + '\n'
  • Thanks, but this keeps giving me errors. It says error in syntax at lines 1, 3 and 5 and 6 randomly. Found out what was wrong.
    – Sunny Naik
    May 30, 2017 at 10:20
  • @SunnyNaik - Did you set the path of the text file and the field name correctly?
    – Joseph
    May 30, 2017 at 10:25
  • Yes, the file is getting created. But there is nothing stored in it.
    – Sunny Naik
    May 30, 2017 at 10:28
  • @SunnyNaik - I cannot replicate your issue, it's working fine for me. Are you sure selected your features before running the code?
    – Joseph
    May 30, 2017 at 10:43
  • Yes I selected the features, only one time it got saved, the rest of the times it did not.
    – Sunny Naik
    May 30, 2017 at 10:45

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