I have two shapefile files "A" and "B" loaded in QGIS 3.22.

I would like to use a variable from one shapefile in the field calculator of another shapefile.

For file "A" I would like to use the variables ident, x1, y1, end1x and end1y to calculate a determinant (matrix) if the feature of "B" has the value of ident equal to "A" (B=A), in this case I want to use x2 and y2 from "B" in field calculator within A.

attribute table A

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attribute table B

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if ident@B=ident@B then


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This expression returns the attribute value from the x2 field of layer B, where layer B's ident is equal to layer A's ident.

    get_feature('B', 'ident', "ident"),

See the help pane in the field calculator for a more detailed explanation of the functions.

Note the use of single and double quotes - the second argument of get_feature is a field name and the third argument is a field value, in this case taken from layer A.

For readability of your final expression, you could set the layer B values to variables and call them with the @ operator, like this:

with_variable('x2', attribute(get_feature('B', 'ident', "ident"), 'x2'),
with_variable('y2', attribute(get_feature('B', 'ident', "ident"), 'y2'),


  • this works great, thanks!! Dec 25, 2022 at 18:22

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