I have built a plugin (PyQGIS) where once user login, it will display the map with layer retrieved from database. Let say, layer named lot_k is enabled for editing then new polygon is added for this layer after I digitize, it will pop up the feature attribute form as image follows.

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Initially, I need to manually insert the value without any value provided.

I understand this can be achieved by edit of value map to populate the value based on field as follows. But I need to set it every time I relogin (as using plugin).

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Hence, I would like to make dropdown with Python code to edit the field value for this form. For example, as picture below.

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Below is my code :

def configure_attribute_form(layer, field_name, field_values):
  # Check if the field already exists
  if layer.fields().indexFromName(field_name) == -1:
     # Add the drop-down field to the layer
     layer_provider = layer.dataProvider()
     layer_provider.addAttributes([QgsField(field_name, QVariant.String)])

     # Set the field values
     idx = layer.fields().indexFromName(field_name)
     unique_values = set([f[field_name] for f in layer.getFeatures()])
     for value in field_values:
         if value not in unique_values:
             layer_provider.changeAttributeValues({f.id(): {idx: value} for f in layer.getFeatures()})


def on_feature_added(feature):
  # Replace 'lot_k' with the actual name of your layer
  layer_name = 'lot_k'

  # Replace 'majlis' with the name you want for the drop-down field
  field_name = 'kategori'

  # Replace 'value1', 'value2', etc., with the values you want in the drop-down list
  field_values = ['Dewasa', 'Kanak-kanak']

  # Get the layer
  layer = QgsProject.instance().mapLayersByName(layer_name)[0]

  # Configure the attribute form and populate the drop-down field
  configure_attribute_form(layer, field_name, field_values)

  layer_name = 'lot_k'
  layers = QgsProject.instance().mapLayersByName(layer_name)
  if layers:
     layer = layers[0]
     # Configure the attribute form and populate the drop-down field
     configure_attribute_form(layer, 'kategori', ['Dewasa', 'Kanak-kanak'])
     print(f"Layer '{layer_name}' not found.") 
  • hi @Matt, yes I already made correction on indention. I ran above code as suggested chatgpt and it is still not create dropdown when I created new polygon for layer lot_k, I declare configure_attribute_form and on_feature_added function before the plugin class (eg : class(test)). And both function being called inside the class (test) starting (layer_name = 'lot_kubur' layers = QgsProject.instance().mapLayersByName(layer_name)
    – AJ 88
    Nov 29, 2023 at 2:19

1 Answer 1


You can set the value map on an existing field like so:

fields = layer.fields()
idx = fields.indexFromName(field_name)

field_values = ['Dewasa', 'Kanak-kanak']

# use dictionary comprehension to make the value map from the values list - could also create it explicitly: {'Dewasa': 'Dewasa', 'Kanak-kanak': 'Kanak-kanak'}
value_map = {'map': {value: value for value in field_values}}

# create a Value Map widget setup
setup = QgsEditorWidgetSetup('ValueMap', value_map)

# pass the widget setup to the layer using the field index
layer.setEditorWidgetSetup(idx, setup)

On adding a new feature via editing:

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  • Thanks for the response but still it didn't display the drop down of field values. Shall I continue to use the old way to setting the value map first before digitize new polygon. Thanks for the help by the way
    – AJ 88
    Dec 1, 2023 at 8:23
  • That is strange, for me it works fine. When I run the above code and then add a feature to the layer with the edit tool I am able to choose the value from a dropdown in the Feature Attributes window.
    – Matt
    Dec 1, 2023 at 8:28

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