In the newer versions of QGIS it's possible to export a layer as a Mapinfo Tab file and include the Feature Symbology. Does anyone know if you can access this as part of the 'Save Vector Features To File' algorithm or PyQGIS?

symbology export

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Apply the symbologyExport=QgsVectorFileWriter.FeatureSymbology parameter when writing and it will keep its symbology when opened in MapInfo.

from os.path import abspath
from qgis.utils import iface 

_vlayer = iface.activeLayer()

_writer = QgsVectorFileWriter.writeAsVectorFormat(
    driverName="MapInfo File",
  • have you checked it with a point layer?
    – KVO
    Commented May 21, 2023 at 14:10
  • it doesn't seem to work with points but it does work with polygons. Haven't checked lines yet. That's a pain, as it will read MapInfo point symbology into QGIS
    – Prosper
    Commented May 22, 2023 at 7:43
  • is it possible to export a layer from QGIS to MapInfo .MIF format retaining MapInfo symbology by a PyQGIS script? MIF format is human readable and a .MIF file can be edited by simple text editor such as blocknote or Notepad++
    – KVO
    Commented Oct 16, 2023 at 12:59
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    it's been a while but recently found out you can apply a style to a Mapinfo tab file using Geopandas. You just need to create a column called 'OGR_STYLE' and create a style using the GDAL style specifcation: gdal.org/user/ogr_feature_style.html before you write the tab. I've tested with points and it works. Only issue so far is that you end up with a column called 'OGR_STYLE' in the tab but looking to sort that.
    – Prosper
    Commented May 23 at 15:32
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    @KVO you can use ogr2ogr to copy the file and drop the OGR_STYLE column. Ogr2ogr can be called from the osgeo4w shell or as a subprocess in your script.
    – Prosper
    Commented Jul 3 at 14:12

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