EnMAP-Box repository

The EnMAP-Box source code is hosted in a Git repository at https://bitbucket.org/hu-geomatics/enmap-box



The repository contains the following files and folders:

Folder/File Purpose
doc/ Sphinx documentation
enmapbox/ EnMAP-Box source code
enmapboxtesting/ Unit tests
examples/ Code examples how to use the EnMAP-Box API
examples/minimumexample/ Exemplary EnMAP-Box Application
site-packages/ Other python libraries the EnMAP-Box depends on
snippets/ Small source code snippets.

Scripts for Developers

The make directory contains scrips to support developers. Ensure that this folder is part of your python path, e.g add it as source in your PyCharm project (left-mouse, mark directory as source):

Script Purpose
make/deploy.py Create the EnMAP-Box Plugin ZIP file.
make/guimake.py Routines to handle PyQt5 issues, e.g. to create Qt resource files.
make/iconselect.py A widget to show Qt internal resource icons and to copy its path to the clipboard.
make/updateexternals.py Update parts of the EnMAP-Box code which are hosted in external repositories. Read here for details.

Generated Folders

Some directories and files are not part of the repository and explicitly ignore in the .gitignore file, but required or created during the development process. These are:

enmapboxtestdata/ Official EnMAP-Box testdata. Not part of repository code, installed afterwards.
qgisresources/ QGIS resources compiled as python modules. Read here for details.
deploy/ Builds of the EnMAP-Box plugin.
deploy/enmapboxplugin Folder with last EnMAP-Box Plugin build.
deploy/enmapboxplugin.3.X…zip Zipped version of a EnMAP-box Plugin build.

Install the EnMAP-Box repository

  1. Open your shell and clone the EnMAP-Box repository:

    cd <my_repositories>
    git clone https://bitbucket.org/hu-geomatics/enmap-box.git
    cd enmap-box
  2. Add <my_repositories>/enmapbox/ as source location to your PyCharm project

    (instead of that in your QGIS active profile!)

  3. (Optional) install the QGIS source code repository.

    For the next step, but also if you like to discover the QGIS ++ code, it is recommended to install the QGIS repository as well

    cd <my_repositories>
    git clone https://github.com/qgis/QGIS.git

    Now define a environmental variable DIR_QGIS_REPO in the IDE / PyCharm startup script (3. Setup PyCharm)

    OS Command
    Windows set DIR_QGIS_REPO=<my_repositories/QGIS>
    Linux /macOS DIR_QGIS_REPO=<my_repositories/QGIS> export DIR_QGIS_REPO
  4. Run make/setuprepository.py to create Qt resource modules and perform a dependency check.

    The EnMAP-Box uses the Qt resource system (see https://doc.qt.io/qt-5/resources.html for details) to access icons. This step creates for each Qt resource file (filename.qrc) a corresponding python module (filename.py) that contains a binary encrypted description of resources (icons, images, etc.). During startup, these resources are loaded and can be accessed by resource path strings.

    The EnMAP-Box re-uses several icons provided by the QGIS desktop application. For example, the QGIS icon for raster layers is available at :/images/themes/default/mIconPolygonLayer.svg and can be visualized in the QGIS python shell as followed:

    icon = QIcon(r':/images/themes/default/mIconRaster.svg')
    label = QLabel()

    The QGIS icon for raster (mIconRaster.svg)

    If we start and develop application from inside PyCharm, we usually don’t have access to QGIS desktop application resources. However, if you have downloaded the QGIS repository as described above, make/setuprepository.py will look for it, compile the resource files and write them into folder enmap-box/qgisresources.

Install / Update EnMAP-Box Testdata

The most-recent EnMAP-Box testdata is hosted on https://bitbucket.org/hu-geomatics/enmap-box-testdata/get/master.zip If missing or outdatet, it will be downloaded and installed after a user clicks on Project > Load Example Data. The downloaded data will be extracted into <root>/enmapboxtestdata, with <root> either being the EnMAP-Box repository folder or the QGIS plugin installation folder.

The testdata can be download explicitly:

import enmapbox.dependencycheck
enmapbox.dependencycheck.installTestData(ask=False, overwrite_existing=True)

Get Updates from other Repositories

The EnMAP-Box includes source-code from external projects. How these source contribute to the EnMAP-Box repository is described in make/updateexternals.py. In general, such remote locations are desribed by a RemoteInfo entry:


The combination of remote and local location, as well as the respective branch, is not accessible via the key remoterepo. Updating code from a remote location, i.e. copy changes from https://foobar.org/remoterepo.git/remotepackage to <enmapboxrepository>/site-packages/remotepackage, can be done with:

import make.updateexternals

It is possible to register multiple combinations of local and remote prefixes to the same key, what allows to copy different folders of a remote repository into different folders of the EnMAP-Box repository.