I'm trying to update the Using Custom Functions tutorial to QGis 3 and Python 3 and I've run into an interesting issue. With the following code I can create an expression GetUtmZone()='33N' and it works in the Output preview, it works to zoom to the features but if I try to select features it says no features are found!


There seems to be no issue with the function code as it works fine as a label and a map tip.

import math
from qgis.core import *
from qgis.gui import *

@qgsfunction(args='auto', group='Custom', usesGeometry=True)
def GetUtmZone(feature, parent):
    centroid = feature.geometry()
    longitude = centroid.asPoint().x()
    latitude = centroid.asPoint().y()
    zone_number = math.floor(((longitude + 180) / 6) % 60) + 1

    if latitude >= 0:
        zone_letter = 'N'
        zone_letter = 'S'

    return '%d%s' % (int(zone_number), zone_letter)

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The zoom to's are clearly working but each select returns the warning: No matching features found.

versions etc:

QGIS version 3.4.4-Madeira

QGIS code revision f6ddc62

Compiled against Qt 5.9.5

Running against Qt 5.9.5

Compiled against GDAL/OGR 2.2.3

Running against GDAL/OGR 2.2.3

Compiled against GEOS 3.6.2-CAPI-1.10.2

Running against GEOS 3.6.2-CAPI-1.10.2 4d2925d6

PostgreSQL Client Version 10.6 (Ubuntu 10.6-0ubuntu0.18.04.1)

SpatiaLite Version 4.3.0a

QWT Version 6.1.3

QScintilla2 Version 2.10.2 PROJ.4 Version 493

Linux astun-desktop 4.15.0-45-generic #48-Ubuntu SMP Tue Jan 29 16:28:13 UTC 2019 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

  • Works fine for me, 3.4.0-Madeira. I'm testing on some Cumbria regions and GetUtmZone() = '31N' and click "select features" in "Select by expression" turns them all yellow. Zoom to Features also works...
    – Spacedman
    Feb 19, 2019 at 16:48
  • And it doesn't work (same behaviour as yours) for a larger set of points across several zones (previous data was polygons all in 31N) - except I don't even get a warning... Just nothing selected.
    – Spacedman
    Feb 19, 2019 at 16:52
  • Selection does seem to work if all the features in the layer are selected by the expression - otherwise none are. Have just tested that with a subset of the large set of points that are all in one zone.
    – Spacedman
    Feb 19, 2019 at 16:57
  • Except I've just made a counter-example to that, with a dataset that has one point in another zone and 12 in another. Function will zoom to and select the data. So in conclusion... agggh.
    – Spacedman
    Feb 19, 2019 at 16:59

1 Answer 1


It's a combination of two things:

  1. You have a typo, usesGeometry should be usesgeometry:

    @qgsfunction(args='auto', group='Custom', usesgeometry=True)

  2. A bug in QGIS, fixed here: https://github.com/qgis/QGIS/pull/9218

  • Thanks, shouldn't usesgeometry default to true anyway, so the typo shouldn't matter? I just going by the help in the editor window
    – Ian Turton
    Feb 20, 2019 at 12:11
  • 1
    Right -- those docs are wrong, it defaults to false. I'll fix.
    – ndawson
    Feb 21, 2019 at 0:31

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