In my attribute table there is a large number of fields. I want to export the data with selected fields.

How to do this in QGIS?

  • Are you asking how to select features and copy and paste them?
    – Erik
    Mar 11, 2022 at 13:11
  • what kind of export do you expect to have ? you can also use the Save only selected features in Save Vector Layer as ...
    – Taras
    Mar 11, 2022 at 13:26
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    @Taras I think they want to only save a selection of columns (fields) rather than features (rows).
    – Spacedman
    Mar 11, 2022 at 13:39
  • @Spacedman, I can barely imagine this ... Besides the output format was not specified
    – Taras
    Mar 11, 2022 at 13:43

2 Answers 2


Two ways:

  1. The "Save Vector Layer" dialog lets me choose which fields to save.

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  1. Use either the "Drop Fields" or "Retain Fields" processing tools (in the "Vector Table" section of the processing toolbox) to create a new temporary scratch layer with a new set of fields. Then export that and delete it if you won't need it again.

You can probably set up a graphical model to do all this if you are going to be doing this a number of times.

  • its working!!!!!
    – Bruno B
    Mar 14, 2022 at 4:45

I could suggest a PyQGIS way of implementing this task.

# referring to a needed layer
layer = iface.activeLayer()

# creating a temporal layer from selected features
temp_layer = layer.materialize(QgsFeatureRequest().setFilterFids(layer.selectedFeatureIds()))

# specifying important fields
needed_fields = ["id"]
all_fields = [field.name() for field in layer.fields()]
other_fields = list(set(all_fields) - set(needed_fields))

# getting indexes of other fields
idx = [temp_layer.fields().indexFromName(field) for field in other_fields]

# deleting other fields based on their indexes

# adding temporal output to the map canvas


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    A bit complicat for such a task!?!
    – katagena
    Mar 11, 2022 at 15:55
  • @katagena seems like. I agree @_@
    – Taras
    Mar 11, 2022 at 17:33

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