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I want to create a button and add it to the QGIS toolbar or alternatively create my own toolbar and add the button here.

A plugin should be started when the user clicks the button.

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You can add icons to the toolbar or menus. For more info check the pyqgis Cookbook

def initGui(self):
    # create action that will start plugin configuration
    self.action = QAction(QIcon(":/plugins/testplug/icon.png"), "Test plugin", self.iface.mainWindow())
    self.action.setWhatsThis("Configuration for test plugin")
    self.action.setStatusTip("This is status tip")
    QObject.connect(self.action, SIGNAL("triggered()"),

    # add toolbar button and menu item
    self.iface.addPluginToMenu("&Test plugins", self.action)
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thank you very much! – Cathrin Jun 21 '12 at 9:17
Then why don't you accept the answer – Stat-R Jul 26 '12 at 3:29

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