Is there a way to access QGIS plugins in Python?

I'd like to write a script to do some geoprocessing, and I'd like to use the clip, regular points and convex hull tools in fTools, as well as the Road graph plugin. The latter is probably a different can of worms because it is a C++ rather than Python plugin.

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If you know the python module for the plugin you can just run a import in the python console For example:

from fTools import somemodule

Then you can do somemodule.methodcall(). You will have to make sure, by looking at the code of the plugin, that it doesn't rely on any of it gui stuff. Otherwise you might get a nice UI pop up when you don't want it.

But yes it's possible.

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    Thanks! I'm guessing that this won't work for C++ plugins, though, unless someone's created a python binding.
    – mattwigway
    Jun 18, 2011 at 14:53
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    Yeah not much you can do with C++ plugins unless someone has made a python binding.
    – Nathan W
    Jun 19, 2011 at 2:21

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