I have a perfectly fine working script that runs within the QGIS Python Console and I would like to run the script outside of the software, preferably in cmd as a .bat, so then I can use task scheduler to run the task every minute. I am using QGIS downloaded with OSGEO4W64. My .bat looks like this and runs, until it encounters a variable within QGIS e.g. QGSRasterLayer or QgsPrintLayout:

cd C:\Path\to\.py Script
C:\OSGeo4W64\apps\Python37\python.exe .\Full_Script.py

NameError: name 'QgsRasterLayer' is not defined

I know I have to do from qgis.core import QgsRasterLayer but every time I try to use this piece of code, it says that 'qgis' is not defined. I have looked into many forums on this site and have looked mainly into path and PYTHONPATH environment variables. My path looks like this:


And my PYTHONPATH looks like this:


I have also tried using sys.path.append but I have had no luck so far. Can anyone help me out so I can sort out this problem and finally get my script working outside of QGIS, as I am struggling to find a way how to resolve this issue? Have I inputted the paths wrong or do I need to do something else, in order so that I can import qgis.core and be able to use all the elements (QgsRasterLayer etc) in my script, outside of QGIS.

EDIT: I currently have it working now but it comes up with the error: NoneType object has no attribute 'RasterLayer'

  • Is there any reason you use pure cmd instead of OSGeo Shell (which is also cmd)? Commented Jan 6, 2021 at 12:11
  • Hi Kadir, no reason in particular. I just thought that the easiest way would be through cmd. If it easier, I can use OSGeo Shell if you could help me getting it working through that? Thanks
    – LiamHems
    Commented Jan 6, 2021 at 12:17
  • I've already tried. I get the same error in OSGeo Shell. Commented Jan 6, 2021 at 12:18
  • Ah that is annoying... I have been trying to get it working for a while but unfortunately I have not got anywhere with it yet...
    – LiamHems
    Commented Jan 6, 2021 at 12:21
  • please do not post pictures of your code or environment variables - it is impossible for some users to read (and just hard for the rest of us).
    – Ian Turton
    Commented Jan 6, 2021 at 12:32

1 Answer 1


If you want to run a pyqgis script - my_pyqgis_script.py in the example below - from outside, for example from a bat file, you should use the following syntax within your bat file:

"C:\Program Files\QGIS 3.10\bin\python-qgis.bat" my_pyqgis_script.py

you have to adjust the path to python-qgis.bat, in your case something like C:\OSGeo4W\qgis\bin just look for the python-qgis.bat file. In your python script you have to load all libraries like you described above (from qgis.core import QgsRasterLayer and so on). The python-qgis.bat will set all relevant path information and finally call you script.

  • Thank you for your answer. Within the script, I have added all the libraries e.g. from qgis.utils import iface from PyQt5.QtGui import QFont, QColor etc. However, when I go to the .bat file, I double click it and the command window comes up but then nothing happens after that. When I try to run the actual script, the message "Could not find the Qt platform plugin "windows" in "" comes up. Any ideas?
    – LiamHems
    Commented Jan 6, 2021 at 16:52
  • Since I don't know your PyQGIS script it is difficult to say what is happening. It sounds that you are trying to use GUI elements? Normally if you want to start a QGIS Process from outside, let's say to print a layout or make some processing, you woulnd't use iface for that - with the program line: app = QgsApplication([], false). On the other side, there can be other programs on your programm using QT, which makes it more difficult, you can check with cmd and type echo %QT_PLUGIN_PATH%. This should be empty, if not delete it and try again.
    – eurojam
    Commented Jan 7, 2021 at 7:06
  • Hi, I have managed to find and locate the Qt platform plugin using os.environ[QT_QPA_PLATFORM_PLUGIN_PATH] and os.environ[PATH] but now it comes up with the error - NoneType object has no attribute 'RasterLayer'. I am guessing it is because I am using iface.addRasterLayer or iface.addVectorLayer. What would be the best way to add these in without using iface?
    – LiamHems
    Commented Jan 7, 2021 at 10:20
  • 1
    If you want to do something with the vectorlayer or rasterlayer in background there is no need to add it to a mapcanvas. for example: layer = QgsVectorLayer('D:/buildings_a.shp',u'OSM Gebäude Freiburg', 'ogr') will load a vectorlayer into the variable layer. From that point you can do anything with layer like reproject, export, add features and so on, no need to add it...
    – eurojam
    Commented Jan 7, 2021 at 12:30
  • Thanks @eurojam for your answer. The simplest solution. Commented Oct 1, 2021 at 4:17

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