Here's something me and my colleagues run into all the time: We're working in different QGIS files making maps visualizing our data. Every specific tool or action wants to save the output by default in the last used folder. Since we use a lot of tools once or twice during a single project, often this default folder is the folder of a different project, i.e. the last one in which we used the tool.

For instance:

  • I want to merge to vector layers using [Merge vector layer]
  • Instead of creating a temporary layer, I choose [save to file]
  • Qgis opens a browsing window, in the project folder where I last used this tool
  • I have to browse to my project home, and save
  • Next, I want to use [join attributes by nearest]
  • Again, QGIS opens the last used folder, and I have to browse to project home.
  • Repeat ad infinitum

Is there any way to set the default location to save the output of any tool to [Project Home], enabling my to browse from there?

  • I find this frustrating too
    – GlenS
    Mar 28 at 9:52

1 Answer 1


Yes, I find this frustrating too. There is a code way to try and fix it which can be run at the python window or added as a macro - see instructions at this answer:

import os
from qgis.core import QgsProject
from PyQt5.QtCore import QSettings
prjhomepath = QgsProject.instance().homePath()
if os.path.exists(prjhomepath):

The code changes various folder locations stored in your QGIS.ini file to your projects home folder. There may be other folders to change - take a look at QGIS3.ini in a txt editor.

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