I am trying to run an elementary piece of Python code, that simply loads a dem file as a raster accessing the QGIS Python API.

On the embedded console (within the QGIS application GUI), it runs fine and the raster loads. However, it does not load work when I run it outside of the embedded console, from a standard windows prompt AFTER setting up QGIS_PREFIX_HOME and PYTHONPATH using a batch file.

The code I am running is as follows:

import os

from PyQt4.QtCore import QFileInfo, QSettings
from qgis.core import *

# load providers

# Load an input dem
rasterFile = "E:\\data\\43j11\\43J11.dt2"
fileInfo = QFileInfo(rasterFile)    
baseName = fileInfo.baseName()
print "Loading raster layer:" + fileName

if fileInfo.exists():
    print "Raster file specified exists."
    print "File does not exist"

errorStr = "Unknown"
if QgsRasterLayer.isValidRasterFileName(rasterFile, errorStr):
    print "File is a valid raster"
    rlayer = QgsRasterLayer(rasterFile, baseName)
    if not rlayer.isValid():
        print "Layer failed to load!"
        print "Successfully loaded dem: " + fileName    
    print "File is not a valid raster. Error: " + errorStr  


Within the embedded console, the output I get is:

Loading raster layer:43J11.dt2
Raster file specified exists.
File is a valid raster
Successfully loaded dem: 43J11.dt2

Outside the embedded console, the output I get is:

Loading raster layer:43J11.dt2
Raster file specified exists.
File is not a valid raster. Error: Unknown

I suspect this is a path/initialization problem, so I am also including the .bat file I am using here:

set QGIS_PREFIX_PATH=C:\Program Files\QGIS Wien

I need it to work outside of the embedded console since I need to package QGis as part of my application. My eventual plan is to include a .bat file where I will set the QGIS_PREFIX_HOME from my application's installer.

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    @gcarrillo That did the trick. Can you please convert your comment to an answer so that I can accept it as one?
    – balajeerc
    Apr 1, 2015 at 5:02

1 Answer 1


I think you need to include this line:

QgsApplication.setPrefixPath("C:\\Program Files\\QGIS Wien\\apps\\qgis", True) 

right before this one:


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