I am using QGIS 3.18.

I have, for example, this layer with points or centroids (with x, y coordinates) enter image description here

I want to enumerate the points from right to left (for example) and top to bottom like this:

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I tried sorting them using the Sort and Number plugin (using X and Y), I got close but not enough

I even tried to follow and modify the below

Automatically numbering points East-West & North-south on QGIS?

but still didn't get far Is there any other way?

2 Answers 2


labeling the points with this expression:

                 ), $y)+1

+1 because arrays start from zero

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    I like this solution!
    – Babel
    Commented May 29, 2021 at 19:29
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    Very neat solution! Both solutions are great. Too bad I cannot accept two answers. This solution is simple. However, BERA was fast to answer so I chose his solution! @pigreco
    – wollyka
    Commented May 29, 2021 at 20:48

Try this python script:

layer = iface.activeLayer() #Click layer in layer tree
idfield = 'enum' #Change to match the name of your field

coords = [[f.geometry().asPoint().x(), f.geometry().asPoint().y(), f.id()] for f in layer.getFeatures()] #List x coordinate, y coordinate and id of each point
coords.sort(key=lambda k: (k[1],-k[0]), reverse=True) #Sort by y, x
order = [i[2] for i in coords] #Extract only the ids from the sorted list of lists

i = layer.fields().indexFromName(idfield)
attrMap = {id: {i:e} for e,id in enumerate(order,1)}

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