I want to create a function that selects a feature and zooms to it (similar in QGIS). Therefore there is following function:


def zoomTo(self):
    layer = self.vlayer
    atable = self.ui.table

    for i in atable.selectionModel().selectedRows():
        ID = atable.item(i.row(),0).text()


The selected features are highlighted on the map. But I have no idea how to make a "zoom" to the selected features or some kind of focus them in the middle of the map.


You need to set the extents of the map canvas to the extents of the selections:

box = layer.boundingBoxOfSelected()
  • Thank you! And how can i relate the iface to the actual open QGIS map?
    – Martin
    Jul 11 '13 at 13:42
  • Are you working on a plugin, or a standalone app?
    – Nathan W
    Jul 11 '13 at 13:48
  • Yes got it. I am working on a plugin. I forgot the gis.utils.iface. Now its working perfectly. Thank you again!
    – Martin
    Jul 11 '13 at 13:50

Zoom to selected features can also be performed by triggering the "Zoom to Selection" option of View menu.

eMenu = self.iface.viewMenu()
eMenu.actions() [12].trigger()

Note: The index number may vary with different QGIS versions.

Or more directly:

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    I would not use this method. What if in a new qgis version the functions moves to index 13? Troubleshooting these kind of issues is definitely not very fun...
    – mozzbozz
    Aug 7 '17 at 7:34
  • @mozzbozz I agree. The first answer is the best choice. This can be a second alternate option. Edited the answer according to your suggestion. Thanks!
    – Sjs
    Aug 21 '17 at 14:35
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    If you want to trigger the option, I think iface.actionZoomToSelected().trigger() is a little safer :)
    – Joseph
    Aug 21 '17 at 14:35
  • @Joseph can u pls edit the answer according to your suggestion?
    – Sjs
    Aug 21 '17 at 14:38
  • 1
    @Joseph I wouldn't mind that ;) happy that you made the answer look even better !
    – Sjs
    Aug 21 '17 at 14:45

# The first a QMessageBox display all selected features:

lyr = iface.activeLayer();
fts = lyr.selectedFeatures();
ftsCount = lyr.selectedFeatureCount();
sFts = str(ftsCount);
msgBox = QMessageBox();
msgBox.setText(sFts +' selected features');

# Second zoom to selected features:


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