Is it possible to have a transparency slider shown by default in the Layer window, i.e. directly after adding a new layer, instead of having it to enable for each layer manually via layer-properties?


This was briefly mentioned in QGIS - Developer forum where you need to use QgsMapLayer::setCustomPropertylayer to enable the embedded widget for your layer. We can then add an itemAdded event so that whenever a layer is added, it will automatically be shown with the transparency widget.

So you could use something like the following in the Python Console:

def transparency_slider():
    for layer in QgsMapLayerRegistry.instance().mapLayers().values():
        if layer.customProperty("embeddedWidgets/count") != 1 or layer.customProperty("embeddedWidgets/0/id") != u'transparency':
            layer.setCustomProperty("embeddedWidgets/count", 1)
            layer.setCustomProperty("embeddedWidgets/0/id", "transparency")         

# Connect "itemAdded" event to "transparency_slider" function
legend = qgis.utils.iface.legendInterface()

Tested on QGIS 2.18.3 for Win7 64-bit.


Inserting code into python console and before adding shapefiles:




  • That's fantastic! How do you then turn that off if you want to bring in subsequent vector layers without the transparency slider? – Martin Hügi Mar 17 '17 at 12:29
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    @MartinHügi - You can just type legend.itemAdded.disconnect(transparency_slider) in the python console ;) – Joseph Mar 17 '17 at 12:35
  • @MartinHügi - Most welcome, glad it does =) – Joseph Mar 17 '17 at 12:37
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    Excellent script! Is there a way to keep this even when restarting QGIS or do you have to perform the script on every restart? – blabbath Mar 19 '17 at 14:43
  • @poellinf - As described in this post: Is there a way to run a python script on opening a QGIS project?, you can make either a startup.py script (which runs the script everytime QGIS starts up) or make a project macro (which runs only on your project). Using either method, you will need to add import qgis; from qgis.core import QgsMapLayerRegistry in your script :) – Joseph Mar 20 '17 at 10:30

There is a plugin called Raster Transparency, that as the name suggests, will open a dockable panel with sliders for changing the transparency of a selected raster layer.

Go to Plugins > Manage and install plugins - Find it and install, a new associated icon will appear on your toolbars.

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