In ArcMap, user can create a table that groups the field values using summarize field tool (as shown below)

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How can I create a table that summarizes field values in QGIS?


Please try the plugin: "Dissolve with Stats": plugin page Just install from the plugin manager.

After starting the plugin from the Vector menu, you chose which layer to dissolve, which field in the attribute table to dissolve by, then which other attributes to aggregate: either count for any type of field, or summarize, min, max etc for numeric fields.

The result gets saved to a new shapefile.

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    Can you expand more on your answer and provide more content? – artwork21 Dec 25 '17 at 14:19
  • Many Thanks Micha, I tried it and it worked fine. Is there any tool/plugin that extracts the summary to table instead of SHP? – Hani Draidi Jan 4 '18 at 15:06
  • Just save the shapefile attribute table to a CSV. – Micha Jan 5 '18 at 7:27
  • IS the "Dissolve with Stats" plugin still available in QGIS 3.0? – Mary Johnson Apr 10 '18 at 1:05

QGIS has a Statistics Panel that allows you to view a long list of descriptive statistics for whichever vector layer you choose. To open the statistical summary tool, either click View -> Statistical Summary OR View -> Panels -> Statistics Panel, Or you can use this icon on the toolbar enter image description here and you will get statistical description for any vector layer but only for fields with numerical types like real, integer, and long integer types. It will not work for fields of type text (string).

This an example of land use vector data:

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  • I think this one should be marked as the correct answer? Its the most straightforward approach and most similar to the summarize function in Arc. – June Skeeter Jun 6 '19 at 21:12
  • No; although useful this appears to be the counterpart to ArcGIS "Statistics" function, not ArcGIS "Summarize" which is what the OP is looking for. – Sideshow Bob Oct 22 '20 at 13:52

The more similar tool is the plugin "Group Stats"


QGIS 3.14 does this with the "Statistics by Categories" tool under Vector Analysis in the Processing toolbox.


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