Using the QGIS 3.x processing framework, given a vector layer as an input parameter:

(from the default script template)

def initAlgorithm(self, config=None):
            self.tr('Input layer'),

How can I get this layer's source file path as a string (assuming that only file-based data sources will be used, not PostGIS tables, etc)?

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I was able to get the path using the following:

self.parameterDefinition('INPUT').valueAsPythonString(parameters['INPUT'], context)

This answer might be slightly off-topic, but your question keeps coming up whilst searching for the graphical modeller answers.

If you are using the graphical modeller, you can use the parameter function to retrieve a string of any inputs. Unfortunately, you can not use the shorthand @parameter way of accessing data if you want a string.

The below code takes a folder input (outputFolder) and a vector layer input (dataFile) and produces a new string. i.e.:

IF outputFolder == c:\temp AND dataFile == c:\someFolder\anotherFolder\SomeData.csv THEN the output will be c:\temp\someData.gpkg


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