Is there a way to integrate my own custom tools into the Processing toolbox in QGIS? I believe I have found where to strategically hack the stock processing scripts to ensure it picks up my custom provider (python/plugins/processing/core/Processing.py) but I can't figure out if there's a less kludgy way to register things.

I can't find any tutorials or anything so hoping that someone has either done this or can walk me through it.

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Processing provides example code for a new algorithm provider. It's located in the processing folder inside your home directory, e.g. on my machine:


Based on these example files, you can build your own plugin which can contain as many new algorithms as you want.

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    Thanks. I found the example provider code but hadn't noticed the plugin element. This is exactly what I needed. Would be good to add some documentation on this. Maybe I'll do this when I have some free time. Jul 25, 2015 at 21:49
  • I didn't see neither the 'example provider' in the list of provider available in qgis 2.8.1. When I run the command processing.Processing.providers, I don't see the exempleprovider in the list. I try to put on .qgis2\python\plugins\processing. \algs\exampleprovider, on .qgis2\python\ but it doesn't work. Why am I missing ?
    – lejedi76
    Sep 23, 2015 at 14:03
  • I just found this qa. Did you ever find out what the preferred way is to deploy and register your custom provider with QGIS? Dec 1, 2015 at 13:50

I know this is an old post with an accepted answer, however I could not find a solution for newer versions of QGIS. As of QGIS 2.14+ there are two main techniques to create a new plugin that adds its functionality as Processing algorithms:

  • Creating a plugin that adds an algorithm provider: This options is more complex, but provides more flexibility.
  • Creating a plugin that contains a set of processing scripts: The simplest solution, you just need a set of Processing script files.

This and more details can be found in the documentation.

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