I am still new to Qgis and Python and most likely this is really simple but however I do not manage to do the following:

I am trying to write a python processing algorithm for the processing toolbox. It uses various native processing algorithms (like buffer) and these produce several output layers that I want to save to a single geopackage to make the results more organized. Because of this I can not use standard ProcessingParameterVectorDestination, because then you can only save one layer per gpkg. The Layers are successfully saved to my geopackage as shown below, but I do not manage to display them in the map directly from my processing toolbox script.


  • let my users choose a geopackage to save all the produced layers
                self.tr('Output Geopackage'),
                'Geopackage (*.gpkg)'


destination = self.parameterAsFileOutput(parameters, self.OUTPUTFILE, context)
  • run several processing scripts and use processing.runAndLoadResults() to add the layers like in this Question Example:
        zaun = processing.runAndLoadResults('native:buffer',
                'INPUT': parameters[self.INPUT],
                'DISTANCE': zaunabstand,
                'SEGMENTS': 5,
                'DISSOLVE': False,
                'END_CAP_STYLE': 1,
                'JOIN_STYLE': 1,
                'MITER_LIMIT': 2,
                'OUTPUT': 'ogr:dbname=\''+ destination +'\' table=\"zaun\" (geom)' 
  • When I use the python console to check if the layers are there, it seems like it worked but I cant see them on the map:
layers = QgsProject.instance().mapLayers()
{'OSM_Standard_efcb35f0_1b35_4f6c_ac58_14682871cc31': <QgsRasterLayer: 'OSM Standard' (wms)>, 'Umring_46c1f9a4_f251_44f1_a1d6_cad5aa3ad847': <QgsVectorLayer: 'Umring' (ogr)>, 'test_a7d3776d_c9f7_44ef_ae2b_26422643c173': <QgsVectorLayer: 'zaun' (ogr)>, 'test_e7c8812e_eb24_4497_a942_1cd185c82306': <QgsVectorLayer: 'tische' (ogr)>}

Most likely this is really trivial but how can I show the layers in the TOC and on the map programmatically from my toolbox script?

I also tried to add them with QgsProject.instance().addMapLayer() but this seems not to work out of a processing algorithm.

I wonder if it is possible to use QgsProcessingOutputVectorLayer to output the result of my buffer but I have not idea how.

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Ok, I finally found a soulution. To manually add layers to the map you can not run the task in the background. In the class definition I needed to add:

def flags(self):
    return super().flags() | QgsProcessingAlgorithm.FlagNoThreading

I then run all those processing algorithms with processing.run() and save the resulting layers to my geopackage. With the flag set it is then possible to use QgsProject.instance().addMapLayer().

I still don't know if I make things unnecessary complicated, but at least this works:)

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