The code snipped mentioned in Automatic pyqgis categorized renderer classification and Apply symbol to each feature (Categorized symbol) automatically create categorized renderers and determine categories using PyQGIS.

I (using QGIS 2.18.18 LTR) have a layer with uniqueValues for a field pre_cluster_id like [0, 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, NULL] for which the above referred to approaches correctly create a category with value 0 and Legend 0, but incorrectly (from my understanding) create a category with value 0 and legend NULL hiding the first one, screenshot:

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Created with the Classify Button, there is a category with no value, covering all except [0, ..., 9] (including NULL):

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Hence, question: Using PyQGIS, how can I create a QgsRendererCategoryV2() with no value, i.e. all other values (or a category for NULL value, respectively)?

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The NULL in the uniqueValues is of type QPyNullVariant (cp. https://nathanw.net/2013/08/31/qgis-2-0-dealing-with-null-values-in-pyqgis/) and a category created as

QgsRendererCategoryV2(NULL, mysymbol, 'legend_text')

does not create a category with no value, but with value 0. For a category with no value it needs to be created as

QgsRendererCategoryV2(None, mysymbol, 'legend_text')

Therefore, a slight alteration in the codes mentioned in my question solves this issue:

# create renderer object
if unique_value == NULL:
    category = QgsRendererCategoryV2(None, symbol, 'any other values')
    category = QgsRendererCategoryV2(cl_no, symbol, str(cl_no))
# entry for the list of category items

But, to be honest, this is only half the answer. I could not find out how to explicitly create a category for the NULL values.

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