I am trying to create a standalone script using the code below. I was able to add a shapefile with no errors but when I add map = QgsMapCanvas() after qgs.initQgis() and map.setLayerSet([QgsMapCanvasLayer(layer)]) after QgsMapLayerRegistry.instance().addMapLayer(layer) I get the following errors: Cannot Create a QPixmap when no GUI is being used and Cannot Create a Qwidget when no GUI is being used

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

import sys, os

qgs = QgsApplication(sys.argv, False)
qgis_prefix = "C:\\OSGeo4W\\apps\\qgis"
QgsApplication.setPrefixPath(qgis_prefix, True)

map = QgsMapCanvas()

layer = QgsVectorLayer("F:/IrrigatedLands/FC_qgis/boundary.shp", "testlayer_shp", "ogr")

if not layer.isValid():
    print "Layer failed to load!"

    print "Layer was loaded successfully!"



print layer

The second parameter of the QgsApplication enables/disables the QGIS GUI components in your script. Just change it to true:

qgs = QgsApplication(sys.argv, True)

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