I have one "column D" with a b c values for my entities (1-2-3-4). Something like that :

 1. b
 2. c
 3. c
 4. e
 5. j
 6. b

I would like to generate a list of each different value of "column D". so I would have b,c,e,j. How can I perform this?

  • 2
    You could run dissolve and set the tool to dissolve by that column.
    – Erik
    Commented Jun 14, 2022 at 8:46
  • 1
    Do you want to create a column with the values?
    – Bera
    Commented Jun 14, 2022 at 8:46
  • Please, do not forget about "What should I do when someone answers my question?"
    – Taras
    Commented Oct 27, 2022 at 13:41

2 Answers 2


Use the Field Calculator with this expression:

        array_agg(expression:="column D")

This expression utilizes the following functions: array_to_string(), array_distinct(), and array_agg().


You can create a virtual layer to fetch the distinct values

Go to the menu Layer > Add Layer > Add/Edit Virtual Layer... and enter the query:

FROM myLayer;

or to get it as a single list

SELECT group_concat(nme, ', ') 
  SELECT DISTINCT "column D" as nme 
  FROM myLayer

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