I have .shp layer with field "FIELD_1" in the attribute table (5000 records). I have also Excel file with field "FIELD_2" in the attribute table (1600 records).

I want to select in .shp all 1600 records from Excel file ("FIELD_1" and "FIELD_2" have corresponding attributes). What tool should I use?

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You can use an expression.

I have a point layer called random with the field FIELD_1.

I have dragged and dropped an excel table called abcd with a field named Field1.

I want to select all points whose FIELD_1 value is in the Excel table Field1 column.

array_agg is creating an array of all values in the Field1 field of the layer abcd, and array_contains is selecting all rows in the point layer whose FIELD_1 value is in the aggregated array:

array_contains( array:=
aggregate( layer:='abcd', aggregate:='array_agg', expression:="Field1"), value:="FIELD_1")

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    Great. Many thanks it works perfectly !
    – com
    Feb 12 at 6:36

It is a one line command with ogrinfo or ogr2ogr.

Take a shapefile that has an id field "shp_id"

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Then take an Excel table that has on id field "excel_id"

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Excel_ids 10, 11, and 12 appear also in the shp_id of the shapefile.

Then have a look at the JOIN in the GDAL SQLite SQL dialect documentation https://gdal.org/user/sql_sqlite_dialect.html.

Before writing the command we must know what table names GDAL finds from the shapefile and the Excel spreadsheet file. Use ogrinfo for the check.

ogrinfo jointest.shp
INFO: Open of `jointest.shp'
      using driver `ESRI Shapefile' successful.
1: jointest (Point)

ogrinfo jointest.xlsx
INFO: Open of `jointest.xlsx'
      using driver `XLSX' successful.
1: table1 (None)

The table names are "jointest" and "table1".

ogrinfo jointest.shp -dialect SQLite -sql "select shape.*,excel.* from
 jointest shape LEFT JOIN 'jointest.xlsx'.table1 excel
 ON shape.shp_id=excel.excel_id where excel.excel_id is not null"
    INFO: Open of `jointest.shp'
          using driver `ESRI Shapefile' successful.
    Layer name: SELECT
    Geometry: Point
    Feature Count: 3
    Extent: (21.701551, 64.282740) - (21.934438, 64.479450)
    Layer SRS WKT:
    Geometry Column = GEOMETRY
    shp_id: Integer (0.0)
    excel_id: Integer (0.0)
    attr: String (0.0)
      shp_id (Integer) = 10
      excel_id (Integer) = 10
      attr (String) = foo
      POINT (21.7015510367855 64.4794502413075)
      shp_id (Integer) = 11
      excel_id (Integer) = 11
      attr (String) = bar
      POINT (21.8485186954945 64.2827396827278)
      shp_id (Integer) = 12
      excel_id (Integer) = 12
      attr (String) = baz
      POINT (21.9344382498167 64.4410125459529)

Only the three features with the matching ids were selected.

Notice: I split the ogrinfo command on three lines for making it easier to read. If you try that at home keep the command on a single line.

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