I'd like to know how can I create a QGIS Plugin starting from a model built with the graphical modeler. Is it possible or i have to use necessarily scripts python made in the console of QGIS?

Any suggestions? I have to use "Plugin Builder"?

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Yes you sure can.

Check here if you are using an older version of Python. Converting models from QGIS to Python scripts?

I am using 3.14, and inside of the Model Designer, there is a button at the top called 'Export as Script Algorithm'. Press that.


In practice it comes down to exporting your model as python script, building a plugin using PluginBuilder and copying your code into the created plugin code. Although doing this in a single click is a nice idea for a new plugin :). Everything is explained in this post Converting Model in Plug-in in QGIS


You can actually package models in plugins without the need to convert them to scripts.

To do so:

  1. Use the Plugin Builder (itself a QGIS Plugin) to create a starter processing plugin

  2. Open the provider file (*provider.py) in a text editor

  3. Find the line:

from qgis.core import QgsProcessingProvider

and underneath it add the lines:

from qgis.core import QgsProcessingModelAlgorithm

import os

  1. Under the the loadAlgorythms module (def loadAlgorithms(self):) add the following lines of code:
for dirpath, dirnames, files in os.walk(os.path.dirname(__file__)):
    for file_name in files:
        if file_name.lower().endswith('.model3'):
            alg = QgsProcessingModelAlgorithm()
            alg.fromFile(os.path.join(dirpath, file_name))

The above code searches through the plugin folder and any subfolders and if it finds model files it references them. So, from this point forward all you need to do to add models to this plugin is to drop them into the plugin directory.

  • sorry I am a noob at coding but I can't seem to find the provider.py once I create a plugin using Plugin Builder. Any ideas why?
    – Erioderma
    Dec 5, 2022 at 2:03

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