After running a lot of scripts in QGIS' python console, I have more than 10 dictionaries and lists, and I need these for further analysis. Is there a way to save python session, with all these variables?

In general, my question is how can I export my variables from python console to something, so that they can be loaded in again at a future time?


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If you want to access your results in other Python scripts, try the pickle module.

simple example:

>>> a = [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
>>> import pickle
>>> f1 = open('results.pickle', 'wb')
>>> pickle.dump(a, f1)
>>> f1.close()

Now the data is saved ('pickled') in the results.pickle file.

To load the pickled data:

>>> f2 = open('results.pickle', 'rb')
>>> b = pickle.load(f2)
>>> b
[1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

pickle serializes objects for use within Python. If you want to use your data with other langauges/programs, try the json module, which has a very similar interface.

  • 1
    Is there a way to pickle pyqgis objects? (e.g. QgsVectorLayer)
    – cefect
    Mar 6, 2021 at 19:47

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