I currently have a Python script that adds a MultiPolygon shapefile to my map within QGIS. Within QGIS, I can apply a categorized symbology render, with the color ramp 'Spectral' going from blue to red, with 55% opacity, for a shapefile called 'Shapefile'. The values within the file under the field 'Intensity' are applied within the categorized symbology (see screenshots). However, I would like to apply this within the Python console. Is there any way I can do this?

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UPDATE: Using the code suggested below, I have this: enter image description here

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Try running the code snippet below in the Python console:

default_style = QgsStyle().defaultStyle()
color_ramp = default_style.colorRamp('Spectral') #Spectral color ramp

layer = QgsProject().instance().mapLayersByName('Shapefile')[0]
field_index = layer.fields().lookupField('Intensity')
unique_values = list(layer.uniqueValues(field_index))
categories = []
for value in sorted(unique_values):
    symbol = QgsSymbol.defaultSymbol(layer.geometryType())
    category = QgsRendererCategory(value, symbol, str(value))
renderer = QgsCategorizedSymbolRenderer('Intensity', categories) 

# If you really want 4 decimal places (as in your screenshot) uncomment the 3 lines below
#labels = ['1.5000','1.6000','1.8000','2.0000','2.2000','2.4000','2.6000','2.8000','3.0000','3.2000','3.3000']
#for i, n in enumerate(labels):
#    renderer.updateCategoryLabel(i, n)

Example result:

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  • Hi there. Thank you for your answer. This has nearly answered my question! However, when it is printed out, the values are not in ascending order, so they have varying colours. I have included a screenshot of what I mean above. Do you have any idea how to fix this? Thanks
    – LiamHems
    Feb 22, 2021 at 13:59
  • @LiamHems, Yes- sorting the list of unique values should fix it. I have updated my answer.
    – Ben W
    Feb 22, 2021 at 21:35
  • Thank you very much for your help! It was greatly appreciated and it works perfectly, exactly what I wanted :)
    – LiamHems
    Feb 23, 2021 at 9:30
  • No problem, glad it helped!
    – Ben W
    Feb 23, 2021 at 10:11

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