Is there a way to to have a map (Print Composer) open automatically upon project load?

I have a map constructed in Print Composer "General Map".

When a user fires off the project, I would like "General Map" to open by default.

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I'm not aware of any way to designate the print composer to open as a default action of the QGIS software. Also, I'm not sure if there is a plug-in either, I would imagine if there was this capability available it would be available as a plug-in unless the QGIS developers move to having the print composer open as a default option.

Furthermore, I came across a discussion in a different forum that discusses the thought process amongst some QGIS developers about the reason to not having this as a default option but rather encouraging users to utilize the template load option for customization of each print composer for a particular project.


As @whyzar already mentioned, I don't think there's a setting or plugin which could achieve this directly (not yet anyway).

However, you can achieve this by using a Python script inside a macro (script adapted from this post, credit to @Matt) which runs whenever the project is loaded. Note that the Print composer template must be saved separately as the following script loads this .qpt file:

import os, qgis
from PyQt4.QtXml import QDomDocument

# Change path and name of template accordingly
myFile = os.path.join('C:/Users/You/Desktop//', 'General Map.qpt')
myTemplateFile = file(myFile, 'rt')
myTemplateContent = myTemplateFile.read()
myDocument = QDomDocument()
myDocument.setContent(myTemplateContent, False)
newcomp = qgis.utils.iface.createNewComposer()

From the toolbar, insert the script in:

Project > Project Properties... > Macros

Script to load composer template

Make sure you do the following:

  • Save your project

  • Enable macros by going to:

    Settings > Options > General > Project files

    Enable macros

Now when the project is loaded, the composer template should pop up.

  • 1
    That is a neat script to make this feature available
    – whyzar
    Feb 29, 2016 at 12:44
  • 1
    @whyzar - Thank you buddy but the script has been mentioned in several posts such as this one so I just borrowed it ;)
    – Joseph
    Feb 29, 2016 at 12:49

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