I have a point layer with an attribute table like this:

id_point  class
       1      A
       2      B
       3      A
       4      C
       5      B

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What I need is to count how many points of any class are in every polygon. Something like this

id_pol   A   B   C
  pol1   1   2   0
  pol2   1   0   1

Is there a way to count points within polygons grouping by a point attribute using Python in QGIS 3?

I think QGIS 2 had a Count Unique Features by Polygon but I can't find it in QGIS 3.

  • In QGIS 3, there is "Count points in polygon" tool which counts unique features with some settings. But your problem is different, and that tools doesn't help you. You should use a script. I've added a script that may help you. Commented May 20, 2020 at 23:02
  • Is there a way to make it work for lines instead of polygons ?
    – Cinouna
    Commented Feb 19, 2021 at 10:00

1 Answer 1


Use this script:

from PyQt5.QtCore import QVariant

# layers
polygon_lyr = QgsProject.instance().mapLayersByName("Polygons")[0]
point_lyr = QgsProject.instance().mapLayersByName("Points")[0]

# index number of "class" field 
field_index = point_lyr.fields().indexFromName('class')

# unique class names
unique_classes = point_lyr.uniqueValues(field_index)


# add a field for each class to polygon layer
for field_name in unique_classes:
    if polygon_lyr.fields().indexFromName(field_name)==-1:
        polygon_lyr.addAttribute(QgsField(field_name, QVariant.Int))

for feat in polygon_lyr.getFeatures():
    g = feat.geometry()
    req = QgsFeatureRequest(g.boundingBox()) # for performance
    classes = [p["class"] for p in point_lyr.getFeatures(req) if g.contains(p.geometry())]
    class_numbers_in_polygon = {cls: classes.count(cls) for cls in unique_classes}

    # add unique class numbers in polygon to the related field
    for cls in class_numbers_in_polygon:
        feat[cls] = class_numbers_in_polygon[cls]


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  • Thanks Kadir Şahbaz, your script works fine, but when updating the fields I get an error: 'QgsVectorLayer' object has no attribute 'updatefields', although the new fields are added. I just save as another shp the original polygon layer before the first for instance as not to modify it, then I add the new shp with iface.addVectorLayer and define the layer by name. Commented May 21, 2020 at 11:16
  • Sorry, I've realized that you don't need updateFields in edit mode. I've deleted that line. (It would be updateFields, not updatefields) Commented May 21, 2020 at 11:36
  • Great, I made some changes to adapt it to my script and it worked fine. Thanks. Commented May 21, 2020 at 16:19

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