I have the following PyQGIS script (see below) which works fine except from one issue: The input vector layer I would like to use is a temporary file. How can I call a temporary layer (which does not have a defined location) in PyQGIS?

##importing power plants vector layer
cpp = [call temporary layer here]

##importing population raster layer
pop = "C:/AIRPOLIM-ES/popKE.tif"

from qgis.analysis import QgsZonalStatistics

polygonLayer = QgsVectorLayer(cpp, 'zonepolygons', "ogr")     

rasterLayer = QgsRasterLayer(pop, "Raster Layer")

zoneStat = QgsZonalStatistics (polygonLayer, rasterLayer , 'pre-', 1,QgsZonalStatistics.Sum)
  • It doesn't matter if it is temporary or not, try using the layer name: layer = QgsProject.instance().mapLayersByName("NAME_OF_YOUR_TEMPORARY_LAYER") Jul 18, 2019 at 9:42
  • A temporary file should have a defined location, usually stored in the TEMP folder. You could try using polygonLayer = QgsVectorLayer(cpp.source(), 'zonepolygons', "ogr")
    – Joseph
    Jul 18, 2019 at 9:55


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