So I have one layerA with CRS:4326 and I can change CRS saving it:

# This layer has crs:4346
layerA = QgsVectorLayer("layerA.sqlite", "layerA", "ogr")

#New crs

#saving layerA to layerB with new crs:32629
error = QgsVectorFileWriter.writeAsVectorFormat(layerA, "layerB.sqlite", "UTF-8", crs , "SpatiaLite")

With this code I can get a new LayerB with another CRS

I have read this: http://docs.qgis.org/testing/en/docs/pyqgis_developer_cookbook/crs

But I think this solution need to iterating over every feature to reproject it.

Is there any solution to reproject a layer with only one instruction (like when saving it) but without need to create a new layer ?

Something like layerA.reproject(newCRS) ?


I don't think you can reproject a layer and overwrite its data at the same time it is being accessed. One option is to:

  1. Create a memory layer
  2. Transfer all data from the original layer to the memory layer
  3. Remove any dependencies on the original layer
  4. Overwrite original layer with the new CRS

# Get original shapefile and its features
layer = QgsVectorLayer("path/to/shapefile", "polygon", "ogr")
feats = [feat for feat in layer.getFeatures()]

# Create memory layer and copy over all attributes and geometries
mem_layer = QgsVectorLayer("Polygon?crs=epsg:4326", "memory_layer", "memory")
mem_layer_data = mem_layer.dataProvider()
attr = layer.dataProvider().fields().toList()

# Get original shapefile path
layer_source = layer.source()
# Remove dependence on shapefile
del layer
#New crs
crs = QgsCoordinateReferenceSystem("EPSG:32629")
# Overwrite original shapefile
error = QgsVectorFileWriter.writeAsVectorFormat(mem_layer, layer_source, "utf-8", crs, "ESRI Shapefile")
# Add result to canvas
QgsMapLayerRegistry.instance().addMapLayer(QgsVectorLayer(layer_source, "Result", "ogr"))
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  • Thanks, Joseph. There is not a clean solution, maybe only save it to with another crs and reload (that is the more clean, I think), because calling to algorhtim docs.qgis.org/2.6/en/docs/user_manual/processing_algs/qgis/… need create a progress bar object before call it from standalone script. – Juanma Font Dec 15 '16 at 11:15
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    @JuanmaFont - I agree that saving it to another shapefile is cleaner (especially easier using the Reproject algorithm) but in response to your question, the above code is what I have used :) – Joseph Dec 15 '16 at 11:19

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