I have the latest QGIS 2.18.6 and i try to use some postgis query using python in QGS python console.

field characters from mytable is my non-English language and in postgis have encode 'utf-8' and any time where I want to work In QGIS never haven't problem with characters encode.

but any time to use python and postgis I have any time problem with encode characters.

here the code :

#!/usr/bin/env python
# -*- coding: utf-8 -*-
from qgis.PyQt.QtXml import QDomDocument
from qgis.utils import iface
import psycopg2

constring = u"dbname='database' host='postgre' port='port' user='username' password='code'"
checkCur = conn.cursor()
sqlCheck = "select * from public.mytable;"
sqlCheckRess = checkCur.fetchall()


for i in sqlCheckRess :
print mylist

that work nice but that I take in print mylist is un-humanity language

print like this :

 u'2247_\u03a5\u06c6\u03b9\u04c3\u03c4\u03ac\u05bc\u03b5\u03bd\u03bf \u03c5\u03c0\u03cc\u03b2\u03b1
  • Your string is in unicode, and it print very well :s = u'2247_\u03a5\u06c6\u03b9\u04c3\u03c4\u03ac\u05bc\u03b5\u03bd\u03bf \u03c5\u03c0\u03cc\u03b2\u03b1' and print s return me 2247_ΥۆιӃτάּενο υπόβα It's just how the string it's store.
    – SIGIS
    Commented Oct 11, 2017 at 6:36
  • It's how list stores your string and if you print each one of the element it will print as you expect.
    – SIGIS
    Commented Oct 11, 2017 at 7:38

1 Answer 1


Try this:


for i in sqlCheckRess :
    mylist.append([x.encode("utf-8") for x in i])

you are appending unicode objects to the list, that's why you see those un-human characters, have a look at this. Also, I assumed that "i" is a list when you append it.

  • @xDias not work I get error no attribute to encode.any other idea ?
    – Mar
    Commented Oct 10, 2017 at 13:48
  • are you getting something like 'list' object has no attribute 'encode'? if so somehow your i object is a list rather than a unicode object. You can try encoding every item on the i list, like this [[x.encode("utf-8") for x in y] for y in i]. Be aware that by doing it this way you'll end up appending a list object to mylist
    – xlDias
    Commented Oct 11, 2017 at 14:00
  • I try some error no attribute to encode
    – Mar
    Commented Oct 17, 2017 at 13:08

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