I have a multiband (WV3) satellite image that I'm displaying in false color (R=NIR, G=Red, B=Green) on QGIS 2.14. The quality of the results I'm getting via simply changing the band rendering in Layer-> Properties -> Style -> Band rendering --> Render Type: Multiband color are substantially different, and lower than using the SCP-plugin:

Regular rendering via layer properties: enter image description here

Band rendering via SCP: enter image description here

I need to do this programmatically via PyQGIS, so I can't use the plugin. I have also tried to play around with raster enhancement buttons but no success. Does anyone know how to improve the quality of band rendering?

UPDATE As pointed out by @user30184, the issue was the fact the max values were not updated in the band rendering (pressing the 'Load' button in the band rendering window). The problem remains - how to update the rendered min/max values via PyQGIS? My current code:

lyr = iface.activeLayer() #An multiband (8 band) raster 


if hasattr(lyr, "setCacheImage"):

The 'Load' action that needs to be completed in PyQGIS: enter image description here

  • What do you mean with no success with raster enhancement buttons? Spread out first the "Load min/max values" menu and populate the min/max values.
    – user30184
    Mar 7, 2018 at 17:36
  • That actually worked, thanks! I assumed it does this automatically from PyQGIS upon changing the band with lyr.renderer().setRedBand(7) , but it doesn't. Do you know what is the method I should call on the QgsMultiBandColorRenderer to do this in Python (equivalent to the 'Load' button in the interface)?
    – 15Step
    Mar 7, 2018 at 17:45

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Here's a solution to updating the min/max values after changing band order using PyQGIS:

#Change Bands rendering
#5-3-2 = true color /// 7-5-3 = false color vegetation
lyr = iface.activeLayer()


if hasattr(lyr, "setCacheImage"):

contrast = QgsRaster.ContrastEnhancementStdDev #OR: QgsRaster.ContrastEnhancementCumulativeCut
lyr.setContrastEnhancement(QgsContrastEnhancement.StretchToMinimumMaximum, contrast, iface.mapCanvas().extent())

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