We have new users of QGIS in our office that are dismayed immediately by the startup time of QGIS - which hangs on the 'Restoring Loaded Plugins' message on the splash screen.

Is there a way to tell which plugins take long to load and are causing QGIS to load slowly? This can sometimes take ~1minute!

The only solution so far is to disable almost every plugin that comes with the default installation and bring back the plugins one by one as you need them - but so far we haven't figured out which default plugin is causing the slow load time.

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Hidden feature that I never made a UI for

import pprint

Run it in the Python console

Also see the plugin called Plugin Load Times: (https://gitlab.com/GIS-projects/Plugin-Load-Times)

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    +1, would love to see a button for this somewhere in the UI of Manage and Install Plugins... > Settings :)
    – Joseph
    Commented Sep 1, 2016 at 15:08
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    @Nathan W: I wanted to sort the results, so i gave it a try: gist.github.com/neogis-de/3dfa66180c3506cb0d87f40895ba36c0
    – Thomas B
    Commented Sep 1, 2016 at 20:37
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    In 2.16 there is also a runtime profiler class which which times other parts of the code, mainly the load times. I will look at making a report interface for them all.
    – Nathan W
    Commented Sep 1, 2016 at 23:38
  • A timely answer to a question that has been bugging me too. Perhaps a gui for it is now timely?
    – Johanna
    Commented Sep 6, 2016 at 22:30
  • I wonder if there is also a way to measure how long each layer takes to load?
    – Thomas B
    Commented Sep 30, 2016 at 5:55

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