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Is there a way to call the clip function in QQGIS from the python console? It is found under geoprocessing tools in the vector menu.

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Ok I fixed it by using the multiparts to singleparts function first. Then it works. –  Toke Apr 14 at 9:32

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Sure You can get the function from the processing toolbox. Here's how to use it: As per http://qgis.org/de/docs/user_manual/processing/console.html

From the console you can get a list of all the algorithms available which contain the word "clip" by typing:

import processing

Then you could find out how to use what appears the most appropriate function with:


Then simply use the algorithm in your script as follows:


Note: The algorithm will work only on slected features"

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Sorry for bringing this topic to life again, but never made this work, and now I need it again. In the pyhton console I get the two layers by Layer = qgis.utils.iface.activeLayer() and InputLayer = qgis.utils.iface.activeLayer(). Then I use processing.runandload("qgis:clip",InputLayer,Layer,"output_file.shp") and the new layer is added to the Layers menu with the name Clipped. But the layer is empty. If I use these two layers with the clip function within Qgis, the output layer has the lines from the clipping. Anyone who what can be wrong? I do not get any errors. –  Toke Apr 14 at 7:03
It works if I use two polygons, but one of my layers are a line and not polygon. It contains several lines, and I can use this layer for clipping when doing it in Qgis. –  Toke Apr 14 at 9:07
You need to have the features that you want to clip selectged. I've edited the answer to reflect this. –  Mr Purple Apr 15 at 21:50

Assuming that you have a layer called "overlay" and another one called "layer_to_clip" loaded.

# get the overlay layer in the console
overlay_layer = [x for x in iface.legendInterface().layers() if x.name() == 'overlay'][0]

# get the layer to clip in the console
layer_to_clip = [x for x in iface.legendInterface().layers() if x.name() == 'layer_to_clip'][0]

# run the algorithm and output the results in /tmp/output.shp

processing.algrun("qgis:clip", overlay_layer, layer_to_clip, "/tmp/output.shp")
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