When a layer is on the edit mode and I click on the exit button of the QGIS project, it asks me if I want to save changes that I made (automatically). So, how can I disable it using PyQGIS? I've tried QgsProject.instance().setDirty(False) but it keeps asking if I want to save my changes. The image below shows the message that pops up.

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How to automatically discard changes and never prompt the user to save changes?

I saw simillar questions like this one: Is there is a signal in QGIS when a project is about to be closed?

But it was also an open question.

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    Do you modify the project after using setDirty(False)? Sep 5, 2020 at 8:29
  • Yep, after modifying, I don't want to save my modifications.
    – Samuel
    Sep 5, 2020 at 17:00
  • I use the version 3.10.7
    – Samuel
    Sep 8, 2020 at 14:24
  • Now I updated to version to 3.14.15 and it keeps asking if I want to save changes. :/
    – Samuel
    Sep 8, 2020 at 14:33

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QgsProject.instance().setDirty(False) works just if you don't modify the project after using it.

If you would like it to be effective until closing QGIS, define a method including that and connect the method to isDirtyChanged signal.

def set_dirty_false():

  • I did what you said, but it is still asking if I want to save modifications. What I'm doing is: opening the project, modifying it, but when closing I don't want to save the modifications and I don't want the window asking to save my modifications to pop up.
    – Samuel
    Sep 5, 2020 at 17:00
  • @Samuel Did you run the script using QGIS Python Editor? Sep 6, 2020 at 6:39
  • Yep, it keeps asking if I want to save the changes.
    – Samuel
    Sep 6, 2020 at 13:24
  • I added an image of the window that pops up. In case, I want to either disable that window, or autoselect "discard".
    – Samuel
    Sep 6, 2020 at 13:27
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    @menes I think he didn't miss it, it's just that the question was edited after the answer, changing the base scenario. Sep 10, 2020 at 15:04

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