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QGIS Python Programming Cookbook

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QGIS Python Programming Cookbook

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Table of Contents (16 chapters)
QGIS Python Programming Cookbook
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Adding labels to a map for printing

The QgsComposition object allows you to place arbitrary text anywhere in the composition. In this recipe, we'll demonstrate how to add a label to a map composition.

Getting ready

You will need to download the following zipped shapefile and extract it to your qgis_data directory, to a subdirectory named hancock:

In addition to the shapefile, you will also need the MapComposer class. This class encapsulates the boilerplate composer code in a reusable way to make adding other elements easier. You can download it from

This file must be accessible from the QGIS Python console by ensuring that it is in the Python path directory. Place the file in the .qgis2/python directory within your home directory.

How to do it...

To add a label to a composition, we'll first build the map composition, create a label, and then save the composition as an image. To...