I often have to reload layers in the layers panel after doing changes in the DB-Manager (add a column, delete a default value, ...). At the moment I use the changeDatasource plugin. Can this also be done using Python?

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if you have your layer as a variable, simply layer.reload()

You can obtain a list of all layers of the current project from QgsMapLayerRegistry.instance().mapLayers()

If you don’t care about reloading all other layers at the same time, the one-liner


does the job, too.


  • Running QgsMapLayerRegistry.instance().reloadAllLayers() in the Python console returns an error: Traceback (most recent call last): File "/usr/lib/python3.5/code.py", line 91, in runcode exec(code, self.locals) File "<input>", line 1, in <module> NameError: name 'QgsMapLayerRegistry' is not defined Commented Jan 28, 2017 at 20:28
  • layer = qgis.utils.iface.mapCanvas().currentLayer() layer.reload() doesn't work. Commented Jan 28, 2017 at 20:39
  • in the Python console iface.mapCanvas().currentLayer().reload() should work – checking it here in a moment
    – christoph
    Commented Jan 29, 2017 at 17:13
  • It works as long as a layer is selected in the layer list (QgsMapCanvas refers to to the user interface, QgsMapLayerRegistry to the QGIS project) QgsMapLayerRegistry.instance().reloadAllLayers() works as expected, too.
    – christoph
    Commented Jan 29, 2017 at 21:34
  • Perhaps it's a QGIS 2.x/3.x issue. I'll test this in QGIS 2.18 tomorrow. Commented Jan 30, 2017 at 9:27

QgsProject.instance().reloadAllLayers() worked for me on QGIS 3.10.

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    – Midavalo
    Commented Apr 9, 2021 at 15:32

I've read several answers for this specific question; none of them seems to work. The only effective solution I could find is:

layer.setDataSource( layer.source(), layer.name(), layer.providerType() )

Tested in QGIS v2.14.8.

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