In pyqgis 2 standalone application, the following code will trigger the display of vertex as red cross mark, but in pyqgis 3.0.3 standalone application, it doesn't:


why is that? Do we have to somehow manually trigger the vertex markers to be displayed?

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Your code works fine, the likely issue is that there is a default setting which only shows vertices when editing selected features. You can check this by going to:

Settings > Options > Digitizing > Vertex markers

Digitizing settings

Uncheck this and run your code again, the vertices should now show up for all features.

  • this looks promising, just that this is a standalone pyqgis 3 application, how to unset this setting through a function call? Aug 23, 2018 at 14:37
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    @ForComment - Maybe try something like: from PyQt5.QtCore import QSettings; QSettings().setValue("/Qgis/digitizing/marker_only_for_selected", False). This works from the console but can't confirm for a standalone application.
    – Joseph
    Aug 23, 2018 at 14:43
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    Yes, the QSetting code worked. Just need to do this at the top of the module, then it displays all vertices' markers Aug 23, 2018 at 15:36
  • @ForComment - Nice one! Glad it helped :)
    – Joseph
    Aug 24, 2018 at 9:22

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