I would like to rename some fields in my attribute table:


Like rename "XRF_N3"in something else. It seems quite a easy issue but I don't find any information about how can I do that.

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Since 2.16, you can edit field names in the layer properties when editing is enabled:

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Renaming is possible using Table Manager plugin (http://plugins.qgis.org/plugins/tablemanager/)

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  • The table manager now shows up with the warning message, "may corrupt your data".
    – Kingfisher
    Dec 2, 2016 at 18:43
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    Good... because it does indeed corrupt the data sometimes ! Better use Refactor fields instead of Table Manager, it's safer.
    – gisnside
    Oct 8, 2017 at 8:27

Since QGIS 2.16 you no longer need a plugin to do this - you can double click a field name in a shapefile from the vector layer properties window and rename (set the layer as editable first)


if anyone is having any difficulty finding the Table manager button, for me it was located here:

location of table manager


No need for plugins since QGIS v3.12. There is now something called the Rename field tool — special thanks to ndawson for building the tool.


  1. Locate the top-most menu bar
  2. Go to ProcessingToolbox
  3. In the Processsing Toolbox, go to Vector TableRename field
  4. The Rename Field window will be opened like so: Rename field window
  5. Select the Input layer that has the attribute table
  6. Select the Field to rename (field that you want to rename)
  7. Type the New field name
  8. Click Run

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