I have a layer in QGIS that has four date fields - date1, date2, date3, date4. Using pyqgis I wish to find the latest date (ignoring null values) for every record from these four columns and copy that value into a field called MaxDate.

If the four date fields are null, then MaxDate is set at the value of last_date

It feels like there should be an easy solution, but I have yet to crack it!

The fields are all 'QDate' format (yyyy-MM-dd)

Data Example

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Here is a PyQGIS solution. It assumes that you have already all the fields created with the same names you mentioned above:

layer = iface.activeLayer()

for feat in layer.getFeatures():
    featureList=[feat['date1'], feat['date2'], feat['date3'], feat['date4']]
    idx = layer.fieldNameIndex( 'maxDate' )

        maxDate=max(x for x in featureList if x !=qgis.core.NULL)
    except ValueError:

print 'Done'

EDIT: Code adjusted to ignore null values, taking instead highest date found. If all the dates are null, then the value from 'list_date' is returned.

Example with sample data:

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  • Thanks 15Step, that works perfectly! Its working out the iteration steps that had me stumped. – Tom Mar 21 '18 at 14:34
  • Great! :) It would be nice if you could accept my answer (the green arrow) – 15Step Mar 21 '18 at 14:48
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    sorry - forgot that bit! Done – Tom Mar 21 '18 at 14:54

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