Bug report #15777

Categorized symbols without categories are lost when saving and re-opening project

Added by Raphael Das Gupta over 4 years ago. Updated over 2 years ago.

Affected QGIS version:2.18.0 Regression?:No
Operating System:Ubuntu Linux Easy fix?:No
Pull Request or Patch supplied:No Resolution:end of life
Crashes QGIS or corrupts data:No Copied to github as #:23698


To reproduce

  1. Download and unpack https://github.com/geometalab/osmaxx/blob/v2.5.0/osmaxx/core/static/osmaxx/example_data/rapperswil_wgs-84_2016-10-05_gpkg_full-detail.zip
  2. from the extracted folder, open symbology/QGIS/OSMaxx.qgs in QGIS
  3. In the "Layer Styling" panel, choose a layer with "Single symbol" symbology, e.g. transport_l (a linestring layer) or address_p (a point layer)
  4. Change that layer to a categorized layer with the drop-down menu just below the Layer Styling layer selection drop-down.
    Note that the previous single symbol is not being converted to a category. In fact, the categories list is empty.
    Leave it empty, don't add any categories, i.e. click neither the "Classify" nor the "+" button.
  5. Save the project
  6. Close QGIS
  7. Open the project again in QGIS
  8. In the "Layer Styling" panel, choose the layer you modified before.


  • The symbology of the layer is still "Categorized"
    • still with empty categories list and
    • categories can be added now manually (button "+") or automatically (button "Classify") as if the project hadn't been closed after step 4 above
  • or QGIS should have populated the list with a default category in step 4 above (best based on previous single symbol)
  • and/or QGIS shouldn't have allowed me to save the project with a categorized symbol without categories


  • The selected value of the drop-down menu just below the Layer Styling layer selection drop-down is now blank. (If you open the drop down menu, all expected values are still offered.)
  • In the area where the symbol(s) can usually be configured (below that second drop down menu) it just says "This renderer doesn't implement a graphical interface."
  • After step 5 above, the changed <renderer-v2> can be seen in the sourcecode (XML) of the project file, indeed without any <categories> sub-element.
  • If after step 8 above, the project is saved again, the <renderer-v2> element will be gone from the XML
  • After step 8, attempting to change the symbol type from blank to "Categorized" using the drop-down menu sometimes lets QGIS hang, sometimes closes it immediately, but never seems to succeed.


#1 Updated by Giovanni Manghi about 4 years ago

  • Easy fix? set to No
  • Regression? set to No

#2 Updated by Giovanni Manghi over 2 years ago

  • Resolution set to end of life
  • Status changed from Open to Closed

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