[Qgis-developer] Scripting QGIS from the outside using Python

Martin Dobias wonder.sk at gmail.com
Sun Mar 18 14:51:29 EDT 2012

On Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 2:29 PM, Nathan Woodrow <madmanwoo at gmail.com> wrote:
> Is it possible to:
> Load QGIS from Python (well I know how to do this using
> QgsApplicaiton.Init())
> Open the project file
> Zoom to a location
> Print the first composer to pdf
> OR render out the map canvas to a image.

Hi Nathan

yes that's all possible from an external python script with PyQGIS,
without actually starting GUI.

> From what I can see the only way is to create a new composer item and pass
> it the composer node from the xml.

No need to play with XML, everything can be done using API, there is
an example in the cookbook:


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