Quick multi attribute edit in QGIS

There seem to be a lot of momentum in the development of QGIS and QGIS plug-ins. Existing plug-ins are regularly updated while new plug-ins are released frequently. One recently released plugin is the quick multi attribute edit plugin. It offers one simple, albeit very handy feature; one click editing of multiple features in a vector layer.

You can get it from the repositories using the menu ‘plugin – fetch python plugins’. This should give you a new button in the toolbar (see below).

The quick multi-attribute edit button (encircled in red)

Click it and you get a small window which let’s you select the column to be edited and the value. Before using the tool, you should toggle the edit mode for the layer. If you forgot to do so, the plugin will remind you.

Window of the QuickMultiAttributeEdit plugin for QGIS

That’s all, simple but effective.

The creator of the plugin (Marco) informed me that the upcoming 0.7 release of the plugin will have some new features, including:

  • The current layer is automatically switched to write mode to commit changes
  • The plugin remembers and auto select from the list the last chosen field and optionally keeps the previous inserted field value
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17 Responses to Quick multi attribute edit in QGIS

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  2. louise says:

    Where did you go to get that plugin ?
    When i go to Plugins>Python plugins installer, it does not appear in the downloadable plugins. I even opened the search to all repositories, even those not checked by Qgis… can’t seem to find it.

    Can you explain if you do some extra manip to get it ?
    Is “Quick multi attribute edit in Qgis” the acutal name of the plugin ?
    Could you specify the author ?

    Thanks, this would be very helpful…

    • pvanb says:

      Hi, you should be able to find the plugin in the QGIS Official Repository 2. If you don’t have that, try adding http://plugins.qgis.org/plugins/plugins.xml to the repositories. I am not sure who the author is, Marco Braida is given in the plugin menu, but in the list of plugins in the Python plugin installer, the name of the author is listed as Lucadelu

  3. Marco Braida says:

    I have create the plugin and Lucadelu published it and is the maintainer

  4. Marco Braida says:

    The incoming 0.7 release of plugin have some different features:
    1) it automatically switch the current layer in write mode to commit changes
    2) for the current edit layer it remember and auto choose from the list the latest chosen field and optionally keep the previous inserted field value

  5. MArco Braida says:

    The incoming 0.8 dress a input error bug: there is an input error if you try to put chars like this “à è”. The dressed source code is on github… if you need it before usual release cicle on qgis, on linux from terminal type:

    mkdir $HOME/src
    cd $HOME/src
    git clone https://github.com/marcobra/QuickMultiAttributeEdit.git
    cp -r QuickMultiAttributeEdit $HOME/.qgis/python/plugins/

    Then restart qgis if was running…

  6. Geert Stevens says:

    Hello, great work! I have a suggestion for the next release. If you open the dialog window, the focus is set to the dropbox, but it could be handy to set te focus to the text field instead. This way, you can more quickly edit.

    • pvanb says:

      I hope the developer of the plug-in is reading this. He actually might as he already commented on this post before, but you can also send your suggestions to the QGIS email list.

      • Marco Braida says:

        Ok i read and i done it (rel 0.9) and i sent this to Luca Delucchi using git, so to preview and use it into your qgis, please try the rows below ( or wait for the standard qgis plugins updates )

        mkdir $HOME/src
        cd $HOME/src
        git clone https://github.com/marcobra/QuickMultiAttributeEdit.git
        cp -r QuickMultiAttributeEdit $HOME/.qgis/python/plugins/

        Then restart qgis if was running…

      • Geert Stevens says:

        Wow, thank you verry much for this fast respons! A small modification, but it saves me a lot of keystrokes! Thank you…

  7. Marco Braida says:

    To preview the requested changes please try:

    Ok i read and i done it (rel 0.9) and i sent this to Luca Delucchi using git, so to preview and use it into your qgis, please try the rows below ( or wait for the standard qgis plugins updates )

    mkdir $HOME/src
    cd $HOME/src
    git clone https://github.com/marcobra/QuickMultiAttributeEdit.git
    cp -fr $HOME/src/QuickMultiAttributeEdit $HOME/.qgis/python/plugins/

    Then restart qgis if was running…

  8. Marco Braida says:

    Since Qgis 2 is not stable and not officially released, if you need QuickMultiAttributeEdit api2 compatible with Qgis 1.9 unstable please tell…

  9. Marco Braida says:

    QuickMultiAttributeEdit is now ready to use in
    http://plugins.qgis.org/plugins/plugins.xml?qgis=2.0

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