I have a Python script to change the color of some specific features (lines) using categories in a vector layer. When I import the script in the console, the first time through the console it works just fine. But (while qgis is open) when I edit the script and change the color of some category to 'red' instead of the previous 'green' and then import script again, it doesn't show the changes, the lines have the same color like before. Here's the script and some images:

from PyQt4.QtGui import *
from PyQt4.QtCore import *
from qgis.core import *
from qgis.utils import iface

def change_color():
    active_layer = iface.activeLayer()

    pipeline = [["1", "green"],["2","red"],


    for label,color in pipeline:
        symbol = QgsSymbolV2.defaultSymbol(active_layer.geometryType())
        category = QgsRendererCategoryV2(int(label), symbol, label)

    expression = 'id' 
    renderer = QgsCategorizedSymbolRendererV2(expression, categories)


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Now let's say for example that I edit script and change pipeline to:

pipeline = [["1", "green"],["2","red"],

and run script again. Then it should show 3 red lines instead of 1. But it doesn't! Hope I was clear enough. (I'm not even close to a developer.)

  • that works for me..are you running it in the console or code window?
    – vinayan
    Mar 3, 2015 at 9:11
  • Does it work after you change the categories on the script?I mean first time lets say you want one line to be red and the rest gree. You run it and it works. Then, WITHOUT CLOSING QGIS, you edit the script and set all lines to "red".Run script again in QGIS.Does it work that way?For me it does not :( I use the python console in QGIS and do import script
    – Stelios M
    Mar 3, 2015 at 9:15
  • i copy pasted the script in the code editor window, and it works even after changing categories..
    – vinayan
    Mar 3, 2015 at 10:35
  • i am editing code like below i.imgur.com/0p9XKFz.png
    – vinayan
    Mar 3, 2015 at 10:39
  • Thanks vinayan i was careless and i didnt use the execfile command. i just wrote import (name of script)
    – Stelios M
    Mar 3, 2015 at 10:48

1 Answer 1


I think i found it. If i use >>>execfile instead of >>>import (name of script) it works as many times as i want without closing QGIS

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