As I get more into QGIS scripting, I refer to the documentation often and usually without success. I have trouble deciphering how to interpret the classes, etc.

I've been really struggling to create a New Print Layout and add things to it like the map, legend, label, etc. I have not gotten to trying to make things look nice yet, just the very basic functionality.

Let's take the QgsLayoutItemLegend class for example from the documentation:

Now, I think I understand that in order to create a legend item and add it to my Print Layout, I would do something like this...


Except, I need to already have a legend item to "create" a legend in the Print Layout. But how do I create this legend item?

I don't only want to know how to create this legend item, but where in the documentation can I even find this?

closed as too broad by PolyGeo Dec 18 '18 at 21:20

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