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I am developing a few scripts in Python for QGIS 1.8 to automate some geo-tasks and one of them would be to calculate the shortest distance from a hospital to each building in a town.

I would like to take advantage of the already existing Qgis plugin but, as it is a C++ plugin, I am not sure whether it is possible to access it from Python? Is there a binding or a trick for that?

If not, any further advice would be appreciated! As the base data is OpenStreetMap data stored in a PostGIS DB, I may also try with pgRouting. But the Qgis plugin would be my favourite choice if possible.

Thanks in advance!

PS: this question is close to this one: Is there a way to access QGIS plugins in Python? but I believe it's still different enough to be worth a new thred.

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up vote 3 down vote accepted has a tutorial on using the network analysis library in QGIS using Python. It's not in English but Google Translate should be able to make it comprehensible. Good luck!

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Thanks a lot, I will give it a try! – Stéphane Henriod May 1 '13 at 11:49
The Google translation doesn't really help, cause it's a very poor translation. But using your examples of code, I somehow manage to get it through. спасибо – Stéphane Henriod May 2 '13 at 6:19
Btw, that wasn't my blog post. I just linked it. Glad to know it helped though. Did it answer your question? – R.K. May 2 '13 at 6:58
I'm still working on it but I think it did solve it yes, thx – Stéphane Henriod May 2 '13 at 11:39

There's a tutorial in the QGIS documentation, might help:

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Could you expand on this a little please.. at the moment the answer is a 'link only' which would be better as a comment. I understand you don't have enough reputation to leave a comment but would like to see a bit more information in an answer. – Michael Miles-Stimson May 26 at 23:57

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