In the QGIS Python console, this block of code returned a valid object in QGIS 2.16.3 and I think 2.18.6. I could view the static image in QGIS.

>>> reg = QgsMapLayerRegistry.instance()
>>> raster = QgsRasterLayer('https://maps.googleapis.com/maps/api/staticmap?center=51,0&zoom=10&size=2550x3300', 'test')
>>> raster.isValid()
>>> reg.addMapLayer(raster)

At least since 2.18.9 (tested 2.18.15 as well), raster.isValid() returns False.

This is not specific to the Google Static Maps API. The code block also used to work if loading other PNG/JPG images.

Am I missing a required component?

1 Answer 1


Try using http instead of https:

reg = QgsMapLayerRegistry.instance()
raster = QgsRasterLayer('http://maps.googleapis.com/maps/api/staticmap?center=51,0&zoom=10&size=2550x3300', 'test')


Tested on QGIS 2.18.14.

  • Does this mean SSL requests in qgis are broken? What if we need to send the request over ssl for compliance reasons? Commented Dec 22, 2017 at 12:42
  • @AlexanderN. - Check this post to see how to authenticate such requests: QGIS Handling of HTTPS URL Strings. It's not something I have used regularly :)
    – Joseph
    Commented Dec 22, 2017 at 12:48
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    @Joseph thanks! Using HTTP works on Windows but seems to fail on Mac/Linux. I've posted a new question here: gis.stackexchange.com/questions/266485/…
    – ash
    Commented Dec 28, 2017 at 15:55
  • @ash - Most welcome, glad it works for Windows. Unfortunately, I don't have a Linux machine to test it on but hopefully others can provide a solution :)
    – Joseph
    Commented Jan 4, 2018 at 10:48

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