I am using QGIS 3.10.2-A Coruña and PyQGIS via the internal Python Console (Plugins -> Python Console). Currently I am trying to import a shape file using the following command:

vlayer = QgsVectorLayer("path/file.shp", "layer_name", "ogr")

It seems to be loaded in the sense that I don't get any error message, I can return the column names (fields) and I can also see the attribute table via:


However, the loaded .shp file is neither displayed in the list of layers nor is the corresponding map shown in the main window. I don't have that issue when loading files from a geoPackage or with point vector layers.

What do I have to do differently?

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Are you sure it works by replacing a shapefile with a geopackage?

What you are doing doesn't ask QGIS to add it to the map canvas. You are only creating the python variable vlayer in the memory, representing a vector layer.

After the layer creation, you must add it to the project :

  • Thanks a lot, works! I thought it did with geopackage, but that's just from my notes from a tutorial I did some time ago, so you're probably right and it doesn't without the additional .instance() command.
    – L B
    Commented Mar 18, 2020 at 10:09

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