How can I in QGIS through Expression calculator remove leading zeroes i.e. the 0 leading from a string?

Original_Value New_Value
09 9
0150 150
09850 9850
054a23 54a23
5837 5837

Something like the example above.


4 Answers 4


The following should be working :


Only if your aim is to strip a (=one) leading zero ...

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    It worked like a charm thank you! But what does \\A mean and where can I find the documentation for these?
    – Felippe M.
    Commented Apr 8, 2021 at 18:29
  • \ stands for this rexegg.com/regex-quickstart.html#morechars and \A declares this rexegg.com/regex-anchors.html#A
    – Taras
    Commented Apr 8, 2021 at 21:33
  • \A stands for 'start of string' ...just google 'regex tutorial' and you will find plenty of ressources ...
    – Snaileater
    Commented Apr 9, 2021 at 8:21
  • Add an asterisc to the expression for one or more 0 (zero). regexp_replace("field_to_modify",'\\A0*','') Commented Apr 9, 2021 at 12:37

Simply you can use the regexp_replace() function in the following expression:

regexp_replace("FieldName", '^0', '')

'^0' means select the 0 that is located at the beginning of string.

"FieldName" is the input field that you want to remove the zero from.

Here is the output:

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I would also suggest making a number attribute column and populating this new column with "OLD_Column" * 1

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    The original column is a string with non-digit characters. Commented Apr 9, 2021 at 12:38

Another way, if there are only numeric characters in your field and you have multiple leading zeros, is to convert the field to an integer using to_int("FIELD_NAME") so 0000535 becomes 535.

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