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Plugin Builder Tool

Python command line tool for compiling and deploying QGIS plugins

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Plugin Build Tool - pb_tool

http://g-sherman.github.io/plugin_build_tool

Python command line tool for compiling and deploying QGIS plugins on all OS platforms.

Features

pb_tool provides commands to aid in developing, testing, and deploying a QGIS Python Plugin:

Installation

You can install the tool using pip:

pip install pb_tool

To upgrade to the latest version, use:

pip install --upgrade pb_tool

You can also install using easy_install:

easy_install pb_tool

For information on getting setup to develop on Windows, see: A Quick Guide to Getting Started with PyQGIS on Windows

Usage

pb_tool requires a configuration file in order to do anything. By default, pb_tool assumes a file name of pb_tool.cfg, although you can specify a different one using the --config options in most commands.

To display the available commands, just enter pb_tool on the command line:

$ pb_tool
Usage: pb_tool [OPTIONS] COMMAND [ARGS]...

  Simple Python tool to compile and deploy a QGIS plugin. For help on a
  command use --help after the command: pb_tool deploy --help.

  pb_tool requires a configuration file (default: pb_tool.cfg) that declares
  the files and resources used in your plugin. Plugin Builder 2.6.0 creates
  a config file when you generate a new plugin template.

  See http://g-sherman.github.io/plugin_build_tool for for an example config
  file. You can also use the create command to generate a best-guess config
  file for an existing project, then tweak as needed.

Options:
  --help  Show this message and exit.

Commands:
  clean       Remove compiled resource and ui files
  clean_docs  Remove the built HTML help files from the...
  compile     Compile the resource and ui files
  create      Create a config file based on source files in...
  dclean      Remove the deployed plugin from the...
  deploy      Deploy the plugin to QGIS plugin directory...
  doc         Build HTML version of the help files using...
  list        List the contents of the configuration file
  translate   Build translations using lrelease.
  update      Check for update to pb_tool
  validate    Check the pb_tool.cfg file for mandatory...
  version     Return the version of pb_tool and exit
  zip         Package the plugin into a zip file suitable...

Aliases

Every command can be referred to by an unique alias. For example:

pb_tool de is the same as pb_tool deploy

Include just enough characters to make it unique.

Command Help

Here is the help for a few of the commands, as reported using the --help option:

Compile

$ pb_tool compile --help
Usage: pb_tool compile [OPTIONS]

  Compile the resource and ui files

Options:
  --config TEXT  Name of the config file to use if other than pb_tool.cfg
  --help         Show this message and exit.

Clean Deployment

$ pb_tool dclean --help
Usage: pb_tool dclean [OPTIONS]

  Remove the deployed plugin from the .qgis2/python/plugins directory

Options:
  --config TEXT  Name of the config file to use if other than pb_tool.cfg
  --help         Show this message and exit.

Note: Confirmation is required to remove the plugin

Clean Compiled Files

$ pb_tool clean --help
Usage: pb_tool clean [OPTIONS]

  Remove compiled resource and ui files

Options:
  --config TEXT  Name of the config file to use if other than pb_tool.cfg
  --help         Show this message and exit.

Deploy

$ pb_tool deploy --help
Usage: pb_tool deploy [OPTIONS]

  Deploy the plugin to QGIS plugin directory using parameters in pb_tool.cfg

Options:
  --config TEXT  Name of the config file to use if other than pb_tool.cfg
  -q, --quick    Do a quick install without compiling ui, resource, docs,
                 and translation files
  --help         Show this message and exit.

Note: Confirmation is required before deploying as it removes the current version.

Zip

$ pb_tool zip --help
Usage: pb_tool zip [OPTIONS]

  Package the plugin into a zip file suitable for uploading to the QGIS
  plugin repository

Options:
  --config TEXT  Name of the config file to use if other than pb_tool.cfg
  --help         Show this message and exit.

Note: To get a clean package for upload to a repository, the zip command suggests doing a dclean and deploy first.

Creating a Config File for an Existing Project

You can create a config file for an existing plugin project by changing to the directory containing the plugin source and using pb_tool create:

$ pb_tool create --help
Usage: pb_tool create [OPTIONS]

  Create a config file based on source files in the current directory

Options:
  --name TEXT  Name of the config file to create if other than pb_tool.cfg
  --help       Show this message and exit.

Once the config file is created you can try deploy to see if it picked up everything needed for your plugin---or open it in your favorite text editor to tweak it as needed. The config file is annotated and should be self-explanatory.

Sample Config

# Sane defaults for your plugin generated by the Plugin Builder are
# already set below.
# 
# As you add Python source files and UI files to your plugin, add
# them to the appropriate [files] section below.

[plugin]
# Name of the plugin. This is the name of the directory that will
# be created in .qgis2/python/plugins
name: TestPlugin

[files]
# Python  files that should be deployed with the plugin
python_files: __init__.py test_plugin.py test_plugin_dialog.py 

# The main dialog file that is loaded (not compiled)
main_dialog: test_plugin_dialog_base.ui

# Other ui files for dialogs you create (these will be compiled)
compiled_ui_files: foo.ui

# Resource file(s) that will be compiled
resource_files: resources.qrc

# Other files required for the plugin
extras: icon.png metadata.txt

# Other directories to be deployed with the plugin.
# These must be subdirectories under the plugin directory
extra_dirs: i18n

# ISO code(s) for any locales (translations), separated by spaces.
# Corresponding .ts files must exist in the i18n directory
locales: af

[help]
# the built help directory that should be deployed with the plugin
dir: help/build/html
# the name of the directory to target in the deployed plugin 
target: help

Deploying

Use ``pb_tool deploy`` to build your plugin and copy it
to qgis2/python/plugins`` in your HOME directory:


pb_tool deploy
Deploying will:
            * Remove your currently deployed version
            * Compile the ui and resource files
            * Build the help docs
            * Copy everything to your .qgis2/python/plugins directory

Proceed? [y/N]: y
Removing plugin from /Users/gsherman/.qgis2/python/plugins/TestPlugin
Deploying to /Users/gsherman/.qgis2/python/plugins/TestPlugin
Compiling to make sure install is clean
Skipping foo.ui (unchanged)
Compiled 0 UI files
Skipping resources.qrc (unchanged)
Compiled 0 resource files
Building the help documentation
sphinx-build -b html -d build/doctrees   source build/html
Running Sphinx v1.2b1
loading pickled environment... done
building [html]: targets for 0 source files that are out of date
updating environment: 0 added, 0 changed, 0 removed
looking for now-outdated files... none found
no targets are out of date.

Build finished. The HTML pages are in build/html.
Copying __init__.py
Copying test_plugin.py
Copying test_plugin_dialog.py
Copying test_plugin_dialog_base.ui
Copying foo.py
Copying resources_rc.py
Copying icon.png
Copying metadata.txt
Copying help/build/html to /Users/gsherman/.qgis2/python/plugins/TestPlugin/help

What's Missing

Why?

Why create a build tool when make using the Makefile generated by the Plugin Builder plugin generally works? Here are some reasons:

Contributing

Issues and pull requests can be submitted here: