I'm writing a QGIS processing plugin. In this plugin, I use the processing algorithm pointsalonglines, and for the distance parameter, I'd like to use an expression which gives back the value of a dictionary with the key equal to a field value. Not sure that is clear but basically:

mydic = {"id1" : 1, "id2" : 2}

and the parameters for pointsalonglines algorithm, something like this :

param2 = {'INPUT':layer,
          'DISTANCE': QgsProperty.fromExpression(mydic["idfield"]),

where idfield is the name of an existing field in my layer, with values = "id1", "id2", ...

I tried many ways to write my expression but without any success.

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    Welcome to GIS SE ! Have you tried something like : QgsProperty.fromExpression("map_get(map('id1', 1, 'id2', 2), \"idfield\")") ? Jan 4, 2021 at 16:29
  • Thanks a lot, it works ! I first created the list of keys and values from my dictionary : mymap = [] for k, v in mydic.items(): mymap.extend([k, v]) mymap = tuple(mymap) then I used : QgsProperty.fromExpression("map_get(map{}, {})".format(str(mymap), \"idfield\"))
    – Julie
    Jan 4, 2021 at 20:48
  • By the way, thanks a lot for the amazing QGIS tutorial. Jan 5, 2021 at 8:47
  • That's great if it's useful, thanks a lot !
    – Julie
    Jan 6, 2021 at 8:49

1 Answer 1


You need for that to place as string in QgsProperty.fromExpression(...) a QGIS expression, so, you can have the same behavior with a map (not a GIS one this time) :

from functools import reduce

mydict = {"id1" : 1, "id2" : 2}
qgis_expr = f'map_get(map{reduce(lambda x, y: x + y, mydict.items())}, "idfield")'
param2 = {
  'DISTANCE': QgsProperty.fromExpression(qgis_expr),
  • Great, thanks !! It works ! I had to remove the quotes around the field name though : qgis_expr = f'map_get(map{reduce(lambda x, y: x + y, mydict.items())}, idfield)' or if my field name is a variable : fieldname = "idfield" qgis_expr = f'map_get(map{reduce(lambda x, y: x + y, mydict.items())}, {fieldname})'
    – Julie
    Jan 6, 2021 at 8:37

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