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I have installed Qgis on ubuntu. it works fine but I am not getting option to add new plugins only option to manage plugins is available. Please help

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No Fetch Python Plugins option? – R.K. Feb 26 '12 at 8:20
Is there a "Python Console" entry in Plugins menu? – underdark Feb 26 '12 at 11:47
I'm having the same problem with Sabayon-Linux... – 5chdn Dec 20 '12 at 9:07


Did some digging around on the QGIS site. Apparently you need to install the python-gis package if you want to use the python plugins.

sudo apt-get install python-qgis

You should now be able to add new plugins :)

If I'm not mistaken, you need to enable the Plugins Installer. Just activate it in Plugins Manager.

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This problem also occurs while moving from QGIS 2.2 to the 2.6 under Ubuntu 14.04 and is also solved by installing (or re installing) the package python-qgis.

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I had the same problem on Ubuntu 11.10 (oneiric). To get the python plugin installer back, I uninstalled all qgis packages, added the unstable ubuntu-gis repositories (

deb oneiric main

deb-src oneiric main

and then reinstalled qgis. Hope this works for you.

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This can also happen if you start QGIS from a Python virtual environment shell.

I had a previously perfectly working QGIS+Python system suddenly stop doing Python. Nothing had changed or upgraded. It was literally working ten minutes ago. Then it wasn't.

Turned out I'd started it from a Python virtual environment, so the python libs needed weren't there. Opened a fresh shell, started QGIS, Python working nicely.

I still occasionally start QGIS from a virtual environment and go "oops".

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