I am looking to create an attribute table where the first field is a drop-down menu (I have achieved this by using the 'value map' edit widget), but I'm struggling to find a method for the next part;

After the value has been selected from the drop-down menu, I would like the adjacent cell (in the next field) to be automatically populated according to the value in the drop-down menu. So for example; if drop-down value = A, then adjacent field = 1. Or if drop-down value = B, then adjacent field value = 3, etc.

I realise that by using field calculator, it is possible to auto-populate fields as part of a separate process, but I would like to have the fields populated at the same time as the drop-down value is selected if possible.

I am using windows 7 and QGIS version 1.8.

Many thanks.

1 Answer 1


You will need a little python to do this.

You can read this very nice blog post here

Create a script similar to the following called FillForm.py and place it next to your project

from PyQt4.QtCore import *
from PyQt4.QtGui import *

aField = None
bField = None

def formOpen(dialog,layerid,featureid):
    global aField
    aField = dialog.findChild(QComboBox,"fieldA")
    global bField
    bField = dialog.findChild(QLineEdit,"fieldB")
    aField.currentIndexChanged.connect( aChanged )

def aChanged( value ):
    if ( aField.currentText() == 'A' )
        bField.setText( '1' )
    elif ( aField.currentText() == 'B' )
        bField.setText( '2' )

Go to Vector Layer Properties => General and enter FormFill.formOpen in the Init function line edit.

  • Is it possible to do it in qgis 2.10? Is there many differences of 1.8? Oct 16, 2015 at 19:49
  • yes it is still possible
    – Ian Turton
    Feb 13, 2017 at 17:46

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