I'm hoping to use raw_input() inside a loop to prompt the user when s/he wants to continue running the script. However, I'm getting an error:

Traceback (most recent call last):
   File "<input>", line 1, in <module>
EOFError: EOF when reading a line

Is this function supported in qgis' python console? If not, do you have any suggestion?

I don't need to read the user's input. I just need the loop to pause for a while to let the user do some other stuff, then when ready, to resume working again.

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    I'm not sure waiting for the user like this is a good idea. Why not make a UI for your script and turning it into a plugin.
    – Nathan W
    Mar 9, 2013 at 12:38
  • You're probably right Nathan. It's supposed to be a quick and dirty script, and I haven't learned how to write a plugin yet. :) oh, btw, it needs to pause because the script is also doing some counting.
    – n1kn0k
    Mar 9, 2013 at 13:32
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    The QGIS Plugin Builder plugin can give you a jump start with making your first plugin.
    – katahdin
    Mar 11, 2013 at 2:26

4 Answers 4


The alternative to raw_input is QInputDialog.getText as explained in Maximus' answer above. A quick and Dirty example would be:

##Import libraries
from PyQt4.QtCore import *
from PyQt4.QtGui import *
from qgis.core import *
from qgis.gui import *
from qgis.utils import *

from PyQt4.QtGui import QInputDialog #this is for your dialogs

 tempTuple = QInputDialog.getText(None, "Your Name" ,"Enter your Full Name: ")
 userName = tempTuple[0]

see also: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/35707849/link-qinputdialog-text-to-a-variable

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    Thanks! This is the solution that works for me in QGIS 3.10
    – grego
    Nov 18, 2020 at 20:42

It is a bug in PyQGIS. This is what i found http://mappinggis.com/2015/09/feed-back-como-introducir-valores-a-traves-de-pyqgis/

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    Please edit your answer to give a little more information - external links are notorious for going bad.
    – MaryBeth
    Sep 26, 2016 at 16:04
  • Also, this is a link to a page in Spanish, FYI Nov 15, 2018 at 15:22

This is a very old question but the problem seems to persist as of QGis v2.18.

I was able to work around this issue by installing the IPython QGIS Console plugin and running my script from there.


This bug report indicates that neither input() nor raw_input() are currently supported, nor likely to be any time soon. Bummer...

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