The canvas is not showing the changes after 1 second. The point is visible only after the whole script gets executed.

Here is the Script:

import time

def refresh():
    cachingEnabled = iface.mapCanvas().isCachingEnabled()
    for layer in iface.mapCanvas().layers():
        if cachingEnabled:

def spin(seconds):
    time_end = time.time() + seconds
    while time.time() < time_end:

m = QgsVertexMarker(canvas)
for i in range(5):

2 Answers 2


Maybe you should use "flashFeatureIds" from "QgsMapCanvas" which is designed for that.

layer = iface.activeLayer()
features = layer.getFeatures()
feature = QgsFeature()
iface.mapCanvas().flashFeatureIds(layer, [feature.id()])

You would need to transform your QgsVertexMarker to a QgsVectorLayer before, or maybe there is another way to flash without vector layer.

  • I think this will flash for limited time. Actually my long term goal is to animate a taxi along some points in a path (Showing the point at one point then moving on next point and hiding the previous point). I think this will not work for that.
    – Abhinivesh
    Commented Aug 15, 2021 at 14:36
  • So you should describe your full goal. Have a look to "refresh layer" in vector properties and then "display". You can set an interval for refresh. And use a geometry generator to make the feature changing opacity along the time. youtube.com/watch?v=2jsYRxmnWkI
    – etrimaille
    Commented Aug 17, 2021 at 10:41

Is there a reason why you are using


Does this not suggest that it will accumulate the refresh 5 times? Therefore adding a refresh of 5 seconds, as opposed to 1? (actually, 10 seconds, because you spin() twice in the loop).

Try changing the range() to 1 and only putting calling spin() once.

  • I used range because I want to create a point blinking type of animation. And I am refreshing the canvas after the spin function. But its not refreshing , that is the main problem.
    – Abhinivesh
    Commented Aug 11, 2021 at 8:15
  • yes i have a funny feeling that because the refresh() calls are inside the for loop, that they aren't excecuting untilt he loop is exited. Test without the for loop to start with.
    – nr_aus
    Commented Aug 11, 2021 at 8:25
  • 1
    I have no idea, but I guess, this might never work. The Python inside QGIS might not be threaded, so the "refresh" is just sitting in a queue or something similar waiting for the end of the script. I already tried to make a feature blinking each after the other one with one second interval, it didn't work a long time ago.
    – etrimaille
    Commented Aug 11, 2021 at 9:32

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