I've recently learned that QGIS Browser Panel is able to read zip archives.

Unfortunately when there's a large archive (let's say 10GB) in a folder the browser is forced to scan it's contents. This prevents display of the folder's content until the scan is finished.

Is there a way to turn off zip archive read by the Browser Panel?

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In QGIS, go to the Settings / Options... menu, then choose Data Sources and disable zip files scanning.

No Zip scan

  • Do you know what the difference between "Full scan" and "Basic scan" is? Commented Feb 12, 2018 at 19:21
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    @HeikkiVesanto There is a note in the source code "Using (Full Scan) will ignore invalid items. Using (Basic Scan) would raise errors". I honestly haven't seen a difference between the two.
    – JGH
    Commented Feb 13, 2018 at 13:39
  • Ha! Must have had an episode of temporal blindness, because I searched options a few times. Thanks for that!
    – pg85
    Commented Feb 14, 2018 at 13:15

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