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Building Mapping Applications with QGIS

By : Erik Westra
Book Image

Building Mapping Applications with QGIS

By: Erik Westra

Overview of this book

Table of Contents (16 chapters)
Building Mapping Applications with QGIS
About the Author
About the Reviewers
Free Chapter
Getting Started with QGIS

Creating a simple plugin

Now that we've seen how plugins are structured and used, let's create a very simple "Hello World" style plugin to see what's involved in making one. While there are various tools such as the Plugin Builder plugin, which will create the various files for you, we're going to eschew them in favor of creating our plugin manually. This will make the process clearer and avoid the situation where your code just magically works without knowing why or how.

Go to the ~/.qgis2/python/plugins directory and create a subdirectory named testPlugin. In this directory, create a file named metadata.txt and enter the following values into it:

name=Test Plugin
[email protected]
author=My Name Here
description=Simple test plugin.
about=A very simple test plugin.
version=version 0.1

This is the minimum metadata you need to enter for a plugin. Obviously, you can change these values if you want. Now, create a package initialization file,, and...