I want to work with PyQGIS Python 3 using QGIS 3.2 standalone install. I created a simple batch file to work with PyQGIS but I have some errors.

Here's the batch file:

@echo off
SET OSGEO4W_ROOT=C:\Program Files\QGIS 3.2

call "%OSGEO4W_ROOT%"\bin\o4w_env
call "%OSGEO4W_ROOT%"\apps\grass\grass-7.4.1\etc\env.bat
@echo off
path %PATH%;%OSGEO4W_ROOT%\apps\qgis\bin
path %PATH%;%OSGEO4W_ROOT%\apps\grass\grass-7.4.1\lib
path %PATH%;%OSGEO4W_ROOT%\apps\Qt5\bin
path %PATH%;%OSGEO4W_ROOT%\apps\Python36\Scripts

set PYTHONHOME=%OSGEO4W_ROOT%\apps\Python36

SET PYCHARM="C:\Program Files\JetBrains\PyCharm 2018.1.4\bin\pycharm.exe
start "PyCharm aware of QGIS" /B %PYCHARM% %*

Error is:

  File "C:\PROGRA~1\QGIS3~1.2\apps\Python36\lib\site.py", line 177
SyntaxError: invalid syntax
  • 2
    Sounds like python 2.7 is getting called instead of python3. Update your batch script to call py3_env. Not sure where it is, I don't have access to osgeo4w currently, probably somewhere like call "%OSGEO4W_ROOT%"\bin\py3_env
    – user2856
    Jul 20, 2018 at 4:48

2 Answers 2


Jessie, I suspect there may be a problem with this line in your batch file:

SET OSGEO4W_ROOT=C:\Program Files\QGIS 3.2

try setting it to your OSGeo4W64 root folder like below:


The problem may be caused by incorrect PyCharm setup, check this answer: Why does QGIS 3.2 "native:extractvertices" algorithm not work properly in standalone script?

  • @Luke True. Answer edited. Jul 24, 2018 at 12:33

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