I'm trying to programmatically modify the upper and lower range values and the label on the graduated symbol renderer of a map layer, then producing a PDF from a layout based on that map.

The map item updates correctly to reflect changes in the upper and lower range values, but the legend item does not reflect changes I make to the labels.

I've tried all the triggerRepaint(), update(), legendUpdate(), etc. calls I could find but the only thing I found that made the legend update was setAutoUpdateModel(True), which has the unfortunate side-effect of making the legend include all the layers that I don't want to see a legend for. I'd even use that as a work-around if I could figure out how to programmatically hide the legend items I don't want.

What might I be missing or doing wrong?

  • I don't know if it will work and I can't test right now, but perhaps layer.emitStyleChanged() will do it.
    – Matt
    Commented Feb 8, 2023 at 16:03
  • Thank you for the suggestion but unfortunately it had no effect.
    – Jonathan
    Commented Feb 8, 2023 at 23:22
  • I finally found a work-around - write then re-open the project.
    – Jonathan
    Commented Feb 8, 2023 at 23:35

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I faced the same when did a standalone script for generating layouts and images from there. Modern pyqgis syntax may require resetting the whole symbology object. This was my case with classification method:

# define layer and its renderer
layer = iface.activeLayer()
renderer = layer.renderer()

# setting the classification method 
method = QgsClassificationEqualInterval()
method.setLabelFormat('%1 to %2')

renderer.updateClasses(layer_out, 5) # let there be five classes

# updating layer symbology, changes will be seen immediately in layout window

# and one more optional method that I used before to see changes in layer treeview

Other methods are listed here: https://api.qgis.org/api/qgsclassificationmethod_8h_source.html#l00092 and in another QGIS source code documentations

  • None of those calls produced anything for me(!) And as my real application runs QGIS headlessly I don't even have an iface to operate on.
    – Jonathan
    Commented Feb 10, 2023 at 13:06
  • Yes, iface is unreachable from standalone script but its methods can be replaced. I suggest there are another methods for layer renderer that can be helpful Commented Feb 10, 2023 at 15:23

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