I am making a model which requires creating a grid and clipping various layers to it. Using the Create grid function does not provide an ID column, instead it creates 2 columns: "longitude" and "latitude".

Because of this, I would like the Modeler to insert a new ID column using either Field Calculator or Advanced Python Field Calculator but I have no idea what the expression is.

I am using QGIS 2.2.0 Valmiera.

I have noticed this topic: Auto-incrementing in Python Script with ArcPy cursor?

If using the Advanced Python Field Calculator, would the python coding be inserted to the Global expression or to the Formula?

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Assuming you don't need a true, database-style auto-incrementing field (which would only work in PostGIS or Spatialite or another db data format), you could simply add a calculation step to your model, calculating an ID column with the expression:


… this will give a unique, incremented set of integer values.


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