I am very new to QGIS.

I have added three new fields using batch processor to all my layers (150 or so), but named them incorrectly. All I want to do is rename them correctly but I can't seem to do this. Everything involves creating new layers with the renamed column (refractor fields) or if I deleted the columns and add them again then again it creates new layers without them and keeps the old ones. It will take forever to save all these files under a new name and a new place, so I was wondering if there is any way to delete or rename the columns in the same layers and not create new ones.

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    Why don't you simply redo the batch processing with the correct names?
    – Erik
    Sep 26, 2019 at 9:27
  • Thanks for your reply, yeah I've done that but is there any way to batch delete the incorrect fields without creating whole new layers?
    – Sally
    Sep 26, 2019 at 9:35
  • Toggle editing, then delete them via the attribute table - which is manually.
    – Erik
    Sep 26, 2019 at 9:40
  • @Sally - You should be able to do this with a little scripting if you have experience in using Python for QGIS.
    – Joseph
    Sep 26, 2019 at 9:42
  • This could be a good starting point gis.stackexchange.com/questions/250288/…
    – user30184
    Sep 26, 2019 at 9:55

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I think a script would be beneficial for this amount of layers. If you load all your layers into QGIS, you can copy/paste the following code into the Python Console (load the console using Ctrl + Alt + P). Replace the names in the dictionary with your own:

# Dictionary to hold old names as keys; new names as values
dict_of_field_names = { 'A': 'new_A',
                        'B': 'new_B',
                        'C': 'new_C'

# Iterate through each layer
for layer in QgsProject.instance().mapLayers().values():
    # Store all field names in a list
    fields = [field.name() for field in layer.fields()]
    # Iterate through each field
    for field in layer.fields():
        # Check if old field name matches those in the dictionary
        if field.name() in dict_of_field_names:
            # If yes then edit the layer
            with edit(layer):
                # Get index of field containing the old field name
                idx = layer.fields().indexFromName(field.name())
                #  Change old field name to its corresponding new field name
                layer.renameAttribute(idx, dict_of_field_names[field.name()])

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