I've got a vector layer with a QGIS Form and the column "test" in the attribute table. I have values for the columns e.g: abc, abc, abcd.

I defined a form for this Layer. The type for the column "test" is Value Relation and I checked Use Completer.

When I create a new feature for this Layer in the form I get a dropdown when I type the first letter as desired. But in the dropdown, I have three options to select: abc, abc, abcd. So abc is duplicated.

I would like to remove the duplicates from this list. I just would like to see: abc, abcd

Is there a possibility to do this?

QGIS-Version: 3.22.9


  1. Open an empty Project
  2. Create an empty shape-layer with one text field
  3. In Form use Value Relation and check Use Completer
  4. Add a new feature
  • Why use Value Relation ? If you use List, you'll have a complete list of unique values in your test column. Mar 2, 2023 at 14:10
  • List is greyed out
    – fsg
    Mar 2, 2023 at 14:18
  • So, can you provide more information about your QGIS version, your layer source, etc. ? to help other users to reproduce your problem. Mar 2, 2023 at 14:26
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    I added some information to my question. I got the same problems for a local stored shape and a PostGIS-Layer!
    – fsg
    Mar 3, 2023 at 8:42

3 Answers 3


You can use the Value Map form widget to have a list of unique items, even from a field with duplicate values.

From the documentation :

Value Map: A combo box with predefined items. The value is stored in the attribute, the description is shown in the combo box. You can define values manually or load them from a layer or a CSV file.

Value Map form widget

  • I cant add new Values with this in the atribute form or can i?
    – fsg
    Mar 6, 2023 at 7:47
  • For me, you can't. Mar 17, 2023 at 15:24
  • Then, this isnt an option for me!
    – fsg
    Mar 22, 2023 at 8:06

The answer by @J.Monticolo should be correct. Additionally, your data may be the source of the problem if there are blank spaces hidden in the values. For example, your values may include 'abc', ' abc', 'abc ', or ' abc '.

These often arise as data entry errors and are difficult to visually spot. They will appear separately in a value map, but because the blank spaces are difficult to notice they will appear to be duplicated.

"fid" = array_first(array_agg("fid", group_by:="Direction"))

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  • This changes my values from e.g. "abc" to "(abc)" and completer doesnt work...
    – fsg
    Mar 6, 2023 at 15:02

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