I want to convert a point shapefile to a raster with the same extent and resolution as an input raster using the algorithm saga:shapestogrid. When I run this code:

##Input_field= field Sampled_trees

from qgis.core import *
from PyQt4.QtCore import *

inputTrees= processing.getObject(Sampled_trees)
inputField = inputTrees.fieldNameIndex(Input_field)
dem = processing.getObject(Elevation_model)

result = processing.runalg('saga:shapestogrid', inputTrees, Input_field, 0, 0, 4, dem.extent(),  dem.rasterUnitsPerPixelX(), path)

I get the error: Error: Wrong parameter value: qgis._core.QgsRectangle object at 0x0000000019F287B8

If I add or remove any parameter, the error will be Error: Wrong number of parameters.

The documentation gives the following syntax: processing.runalg('saga:shapestogrid', input, field, multiple, line_type, grid_type, output_extent, user_size, user_grid)

How should I define the output_extent parameter to make the algorithm to run?

  • Interesting, don't have this tool available in QGIS 2.16.1 but anyway, try defining the extent instead like in an example I posted here which defines the xmin, xmax... etc and then calling this in your parameter as "%f,%f,%f,%f"% (xmin, xmax, ymin, ymax).
    – Joseph
    Oct 7, 2016 at 12:13

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I agree with you, Processing could just accept a QgsRectangle and make our lives easier.

However, Processing needs the extent in this way (see http://docs.qgis.org/2.2/en/docs/training_manual/processing/extents.html):

"Xmin, Xmax, Ymin, Ymax"

So, you can just pass that argument as:

extent = "%s,%s,%s,%s" % ( dem.extent.xMinimum(), dem.extent.xMaximum(), dem.extent.yMinimum(), dem.extent.yMaximum() )

result = processing.runalg('saga:shapestogrid', inputTrees, Input_field, 0, 0, 4, extent,  dem.rasterUnitsPerPixelX(), path)
  • Do you mind if I edit the title to "How to pass an extent parameter to a Processing algorithm in PyQGIS"? I think that way it would be more useful to other users, while still reflecting you're original intention. Oct 7, 2016 at 13:32
  • 1
    It would be a good idea. Oct 7, 2016 at 14:04

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