# Unable to load shapefile in PyQGIS

I've been trying to load a .shp file using PyQGIS, but layer.isValid() is always false. I've tried looking around at past solutions for the problem and nothing is working for me. This is my code currently:

from qgis.core import *
from PyQt4.QtGui import QApplication

app = QApplication([])
QgsApplication.setPrefixPath('C:\\OSGeo4W\\apps\\qgis\\', True)
QgsApplication.initQgis()

layer = QgsVectorLayer('C:\\path\\to\\file.shp', 'name', 'ogr')
print layer.isValid()


I've also tried using forward slashes instead of double backslashes in my paths, which doesn't work either. I'm on Windows 10, running Python 2.7.5 with OSGeo4W.

• Can you load the layer in QGIS or any other GIS programs? – Liam G Nov 28 '17 at 5:12
• Yes, I'm using in a QGIS project just fine. – distant_quasar Nov 28 '17 at 5:17
• You probably need to set your paths correctly. You could run this batch file described in this post before running your script. – Joseph Nov 28 '17 at 10:39

app = QApplication([])