On Windows, if I open a project in QGIS then the project file name appears in the title bar.

If I do the same thing in PyQGIS using the following code the title bar does not change.

from PyQt4.QtCore import QFileInfo

But the project loads fine, I can see my project data and if I click the save button then the file name appears in the title bar.

I was wondering if there was a bridge or some hack needed to get the file name to appear. I need this because my client has similar looking projects and uses the file name to know that my code has loaded the right one for them. Of course I could show it to them another way like in the message bar but seeing as opened projects normally get their file name in the title bar I thought I should be keeping to this 'standard' way of doing it.

Things I've tried...

  1. Saving the file via:


Does save the file but doesn't update the title bar.

  1. Canvas bridge code

    from qgis.gui import *
    canvas = QgsMapCanvas()
    bridge = QgsLayerTreeMapCanvasBridge( \
         QgsProject.instance().layerTreeRoot(), canvas)

Also didn't help.

How can I get the file name to appear in the title bar of QGIS when using .read() ?

1 Answer 1


Normally in the titlebar, it will read QGIS 2.18.2 (or whatever version being used).

What I tend to do is to remove this and instead just use the name of the project that's loaded. So instead of reading:

QGIS 2.18.2 - MyProject

it will simply read:


Personal choice but you can edit the title using:

from PyQt4.QtCore import QFileInfo
import os

project_path = "C:/FilePath.qgs"

#iface.mainWindow().setWindowTitle("QGIS 2.18.2 - " + os.path.splitext(os.path.basename(project_path))[0])

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