I have some custom python functions I have defined in QGIS which I use in print composer. I tried copying the python folder into the QGIS Server path but they do not get propagated. I have seen the following http://osgeo-org.1560.x6.nabble.com/QGIS-Developer-Custom-python-expressions-in-QGIS-Server-td5362875.html but the answer seems vague to me. Any hints / documentation or that I could read on this anyone out there with an example that I could look at.


It depends how you have installed QGIS Server, you didn't mention it in your ticket.

If you are using Py-QGIS-Server for instance, it might be easier because it's a QGIS Server implementation in Python. I haven't tried. https://github.com/3liz/py-qgis-server

I am assuming you are not using Py-QGIS-Server, I have tried quickly by writing a quick QGIS Server plugin and it worked, so it is still easy. I have followed the link you gave more or less.

  1. Make a folder called ServerExpression for instance.

  2. In this folder, add a quick metadata.txt:

    name=Server expression
    description=Expose Python expressions on QGIS Server
    about=Expose Python expressions on QGIS Server
    author=Etienne Trimaille
  3. In this folder, add a __init__.py:

    from qgis.core import QgsMessageLog, Qgis, QgsExpression
    from qgis.utils import qgsfunction
        args='auto', group='Your group', usesGeometry=False, referencedColumns=[], helpText='Define the help string here')
    def your_expression(params, feature, parent):
        # UPDATE the qgsfunction above
        return params.upper()
    class ServerExpressionPlugin:
        def __init__(self):
            QgsMessageLog.logMessage('Loading expressions', 'ServerExpression', Qgis.Info)
    def serverClassFactory(serverIface):
        _ = serverIface
        return ServerExpressionPlugin()
  4. If in your layout, you have a label with


You will have a PDF with HELLO.

To make things easy, I have added all the code in the __init__.py. Of course, you can make your Python files listing your expressions, to make it easier to copy paste between Desktop and Server.

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  • Thanks, I will try it. I am using docker to run qgis server. Yes the 3liz docker container – kartoza-geek Mar 27 at 16:59
  • I have created the server plugin in QGIS plugin path but the functions do not get registered. I am using 3liz/qgis-map-server:3.10 – kartoza-geek Mar 27 at 18:00
  • Do you have any server plugin already which are working? – etrimaille Mar 30 at 8:13

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