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Is there any way to show our custom message in Qgis Status bar using python? Just like in arcgis IApplication.statusbar.message(0) = "Please wait..."

like that is there any option to show progressbar in Qgis like

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You can use iface.mainWindow().statusBar() which returns a QStatusBar

iface.mainWindow().statusBar().showMessage( u"Hello World" )

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Starting from QGIS 2.0 there is also QgsMessageBar which is able to display unobtrusive messages

iface.messageBar().pushInfo(u'My Plugin says', u'Hey there')

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The message bar can also show any QWidget (like a QProgressBar) with a close button and a timeout (5 seconds in the example).

from PyQt4.QtGui import QProgressBar
from qgis.gui import QgsMessageBar
msgBar = iface.messageBar()

pb = QProgressBar( msgBar )
msgBar.pushWidget( pb, QgsMessageBar.INFO, 5 )

msg = msgBar.createMessage( u'Hello World' )
msgBar.pushWidget( msg, QgsMessageBar.WARNING, 5 )

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More info about QgsMessageBar can be found in this answer by NathanW How to address the new "Task-Completed" QgsMessageBar in Python? Thanks for pointing out Curlew


In the python console for QGIS < 1.9 it would be:

qgis.utils.iface.mainWindow().statusBar().showMessage( u"Hello World" )
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Thanks a lot there any option for progressbar? – venkat Apr 22 '13 at 11:33
In the QgsMessageBar you're able to display any kind of widget. I would not know that this is possible in the status bar. – Matthias Kuhn Apr 22 '13 at 11:36
I am very new to qgis and python.. could you please give me example for QgsMessageBar? and what is the meaning of using 'u' prefix in "Hello world" – venkat Apr 22 '13 at 11:40
Also see Nathans answer on how to push a widget to the new messagebar… – Curlew Apr 22 '13 at 13:32
@venkat, If you think this was the right answer for your question, please accept it as correct. Thanks. – Alexandre Neto Apr 23 '13 at 8:45

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