I have a python script (as given below) in QGIS which will just print "Hello QGIS!".

import sys
from qgis.core import *

# Initialize QGIS Application
QgsApplication.setPrefixPath("C:/OSGeo4W/apps/qgis", True)
app = QgsApplication([], True)

# Add the path to Processing framework

# Import and initialize Processing framework
from processing.core.Processing import Processing
import processing

print 'Hello QGIS!'

Now, I want to execute this python script without opening QGIS by using a Windows Batch File script. The .bat file which I created for this is given below.

REM Change OSGEO4W_ROOT to point to the base install folder
set QGIS_PREFIX_PATH=C:\OSGeo4W\apps\qgis
REM Gdal Setup
set GDAL_DATA=C:\OSGeo4W\share\gdal\
REM Python Setup
set PATH=C:\OSGeo4W\bin;C:\OSGeo4W\apps\qgis\bin;%PATH%
SET PYTHONHOME=C:\OSGeo4W\apps\Python27
set PYTHONPATH=C:\OSGeo4W\apps\qgis\python;%PYTHONPATH%

REM Launch python job
python C:/Users/Sreeraj/.qgis2/processing/scripts/hello.py

Unfortunately, I am getting an error :

File "C:/Users/Sreeraj/.qgis2/processing/scripts/hello.py", line 13, in <module>
from processing.core.Processing import Processing
ImportError: No module named processing.core.Processing

I also tried modifying the .bat file as given below.

call "C:/OSGeo4W/bin/o4w_env.bat"
SET PATH=%PATH%;C:\OSGeo4W\apps\qgis\bin

cmd /c python "C:/Users/Sreeraj/.qgis2/processing/scripts/hello.py" 

Again, I am getting the same error :

ImportError: No module named processing.core.Processing

But, clearly, I have set everything correctly and the processing folder is located in C:/Users/Sreeraj/.qgis2/ .

So, what kind of modification do I have to make in order to run this basic python script correctly using a .bat file ?

  • Try replacing import processing with from processing.tools import *.
    – Joseph
    Feb 12, 2018 at 11:44
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    @Joseph I tried that and it didn't work.
    – Sreeraj
    Feb 12, 2018 at 11:46
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    @Joseph Is there some other folder called 'processing' in any other location ? Currently, I can see a folder named 'processing' in the location C:/Users/Sreeraj/.qgis2/ . And my python script hello.py is saved in the location "C:/Users/Sreeraj/.qgis2/processing/scripts/hello.py"
    – Sreeraj
    Feb 12, 2018 at 11:53
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    @Joseph This processing folder "C:/Users/Sreeraj/.qgis2/processing/" is not in the QGIS_PREFIX_PATH=C:\OSGeo4W\apps\qgis . Will that make a problem ?
    – Sreeraj
    Feb 12, 2018 at 11:59
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    @Joseph You are right !! I have to give sys.path.append("C:/OSGeo4W/apps/qgis/python/plugins") and not sys.path.append("C:/OSGeo4W/apps/qgis/plugins") . It worked perfectly. It was a very silly and simple mistake from my side. Thank You.
    – Sreeraj
    Feb 12, 2018 at 12:15

1 Answer 1


You need to replace the following line:




As this is where the Processing functionalities are stored (the path you initially used contains other core plugins)

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