Is it possible to close the QGIS welcome page with Python?

I have a permanently docked Python plugin, that uses showRubberBand to directly write into map canvas. Therefor I have to close/remove the welcome page first.

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There are a couple of different approaches to that:

Start a new project


Add a layer

Whenever a new layer gets added to the mapcanvas, the welcome page will disappear

Change the configuration

In contrast to the other two approaches, this changes the configuration of the QGIS installation permanently.

# 0: Welcome page
# 1: Most recent
# 2: Specific (specify with '/qgis/projOpenAtLaunchPath')
# 3: New
QSettings().setValue('/qgis/projOpenAtLaunch', 3)
  • Thank's Matthias! if len(QgsMapLayerRegistry.instance().mapLayers()) == 0: self.iface.newProject() does the trick.
    – christoph
    Jun 27, 2016 at 10:45
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    I am glad that it helped. Please be so kind and accept the answer as correct (there should be a green tick to click) Jun 27, 2016 at 11:19

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