I have a point feature layer with some attributes. The numeric value of each attribute stands for the number of items of that attribute related to each point. Is it possible in QGIS to display a symbology according to these values, where the number of symbols depends on the numeric value itself?

For example, with an attribute table like this:

pt_number apples bananas
1 1 2
2 3 1

the symbology for point 1 would be this:

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I would like to avoid to create as many rules as the possible combinations, just to set the main icons and then display them automatically.

  • How many different attributes are there to display (2 like in your example, or many more ?)
    – Kasper
    Commented Jan 8, 2023 at 14:00
  • @Kasper, Yes, attributes are more than two. Does this affect the possible solution?
    – HyPhens
    Commented Jan 8, 2023 at 14:12
  • Yes,I have a solution for let's say a reasonable amount of attributes from a practical perspective (like one rule defined once per item)
    – Kasper
    Commented Jan 8, 2023 at 14:16
  • @Kasper, any help would be appreciated.
    – HyPhens
    Commented Jan 8, 2023 at 14:21

1 Answer 1


You can use the Geometry Generator in the Layer Style definition.

With one Geometry Generator entry for each relevant category.

These will be used to generate:

  • "Bananas" points, starting from $geometry, spaced by a given amount;
  • "Apples" points, starting from where Bananas left us with;
  • "Oranges" points, starting from where Apples + Bananas left us with;

The generic code will be: collect_geometries(array_foreach(generate_series(0,number_items-1,1),translate($geometry,@element*0.005,0)))

generate_series(0,number_items-1,1) to get the number of items;

translate($geometry,@element*0.005,0) to generate points right from the initial $geometry. 0.005 is the horizontal spacing, 0 the vertical spacing. Alternatives can be used to pile symbols instead of aligning them.

collect_geometries(array_foreach(...)) to generate multipart geometry for the array of translated points

Results with the following sample data:

pt_number bananas apples oranges
1 1 2 2
2 3 1 0
3 4 0 4
4 0 1 0

enter image description here

Settings the Style for 3 item categories:

In the Layer Style, use the 3 separate levels of Geometry Generator:

The first one: enter image description here

The code for each of the 3 levels:

case when "Bananas" >0 then 



(note the offset by number of Bananas)

and then:


(note the offset by number of Bananas + number of Apples)

enter image description here

Alternate styling :

That's the baseline that should allow you to customize your Symbols. For something that matches your initial representation even more closely, you can do the following (keep the Simple Marker for the Point geometry + add one offset in X and Y direction in the translate

enter image description here

  • I updated the Answer with as many details as possible
    – Kasper
    Commented Jan 8, 2023 at 16:40
  • 1
    A very thorough and well written answer! The only thing I would add if anyone wanted to customise further is to configure symbol levels if you want the symbols to overlap in a particular way (i.e. apples above bananas or whatever).
    – she_weeds
    Commented Jan 9, 2023 at 4:58
  • @Kasper, Ok I tried with your dataset and it works. Just one final request. I can't move the symbols like in your alternate styling. I can only display the first attribute ("Bananas") in the right position, above the feature point. What should be the offset values for the other attributes?
    – HyPhens
    Commented Jan 11, 2023 at 11:51
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    The function is translate($geometry, xoffset,yoffset) so you need each of the attribute formulas to have an actual yoffset (replacing the relevant 0 by 0.005 in all the formulas) to raise the symbols. And in the alternate example, I changed the generate_series to start from 1 instead of 0, and end on the attribute value (remove the -1 after the attribute names). This offsets everything by one increment to the right, otherwise the first symbol is above the point
    – Kasper
    Commented Jan 11, 2023 at 12:31
  • I missed your answer, now it's even clearer (although I should have had a better look at your example that was already clear enough).
    – HyPhens
    Commented May 31, 2023 at 12:54

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