Need help to solve the following use case:

  1. QGIS started with new project (no layers)
  2. New layer is created programmatically and data is populated:

    vl = QgsVectorLayer("Point", "temporary_points", "memory")
    pr = vl.dataProvider()
    <... put data into vl>
  3. New layer is saved as shapefile:

    QgsVectorFileWriter.writeAsVectorFormat(vl, "c:\\temp\\my_shapes.shp", "CP1250", None, "ESRI Shapefile")
  4. Then I assume I need to update my layer to change data type from "memory" to "ogr" with the path to shapefile from step #3.

  5. Then update project file with this info; so the next time this project is loaded - the layer will read data from my_shapes.shp.

I "kind of" know how to make these #4 and #5 steps using QGIS UI:

  • save layer as shapefile plus set "Add saved layer to map" check box.
  • delete original layer
  • save project

Shall I implement these steps programmatically or there is better way?

  • Brilliant! Thanks a lot Gcarrillo...third time already!..:) Commented Mar 6, 2015 at 4:35

1 Answer 1


Do you need the memory layer at all?

Have a look at the "directly from features" example in the PyQGIS cookbook to see how to create a persistent Shapefile from features, so that you avoid creating a memory layer.

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