[QGIS-Developer] [Qgis-developer] OTB and LiDAR tools as separate plugins

Martin Isenburg martin.isenburg at gmail.com
Thu Aug 23 03:05:50 PDT 2018

Hello Alex,

all the python code is pretty much written. Victor even did some kind of
port already.


But I am struggling with how to add this code as a plugin such it can be
searched for. Maybe I should provide it as a zip package ("Install from
ZIP") rather than make it a plugin that can be queried from QGIS. I have
heard that some people are not happy with the LAStools binding scripts
being hosted on the official QGIS site as LAStools is not entirely open
source. The initial attempt of bundling the binaries with the scripts as
you can find it here:


will also need to change back to how it used to be ("setup the PATH to the
LAStools and - if needed to Wine") as the binaries of LAStools change too
often to have them inside the processing python bindings which almost never

I was looking for documentation on how to prepare such an external plugin
so users can load it into QGIS - either online or as a ZIP.


On Thu, Aug 23, 2018 at 11:42 AM, Alexander Bruy <alexander.bruy at gmail.com>

> Hi Martin,
> there are a lot of Processing providers which are not part of the QGIS
> core. You can easily find
> some of them in the QGIS Plugin repository by "Processing" keyword.
> Also in QGIS sources
> there is an example provider which can be used as staring point, see
> https://github.com/qgis/QGIS/tree/master/python/plugins/processing/algs/
> exampleprovider.
> чт, 23 серп. 2018 о 12:19 Martin Isenburg <martin.isenburg at gmail.com>
> пише:
> >
> > Hello from Zanzibar,
> >
> > In the next three days I'd like to tackle recreating the LAStools
> toolbox the way it was available in QGIS 2.4 through 2.18 to also in QGIS
> 3.2. Is there a guide / example that I can follow to provide the LiDAR
> tools provider as a separate plugin as we've discussed it previously? Has
> anyone else created such a processing plugin that is residing outside of
> QGIS who is / will come to Tanzania?
> >
> > Regards.
> >
> > Martin
> --
> Alexander Bruy
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