When I try to use the gdal raster tools, eg clipper, I get the message "The process failed to start. Either the invoked program is missing, or you may have insufficient permissions to invoke the program." I have read the forums discussing this issue, and they seem to have solved it by using multiple paths for python and pymods, separated by "/usr/bin:/Library/Frameworks/GDAL.framework/Versions/1.7/Python/"

I am not sure of what this means, but I do know that setting the path to gdal binaries in the gdal tools settings to the path above does not work.

Is there a dumbed-down version of how to correctly set the paths in qgis? Any help would be greatly appreciated. The OS I am using is OSX 10.5 (Leopard), and I am using the 'GDAL complete' package. I tried versions 1.7 and 1.8, not sure if that makes a difference.

  • Yes! This is the exact point where I find myself (except I'm on OS X 10.6, QGIS 1.7, GDAL 1.8). Does anyone have an answer for us?
    – user3581
    Jul 7, 2011 at 19:08

2 Answers 2


the path is /Library/Frameworks/GDAL.framework/Programs which is a symbolic link to the latest version installed /Library/Frameworks/GDAL.framework/Versions/1.8/Programs

To use the commands in the console (shell):

export PATH=/Library/Frameworks/GDAL.framework/Programs:$PATH
gdalinfo ..

Or put this command in the bash_profile file

  • Thanks for providing an explicit and clear answer. Glad to have you here!
    – whuber
    Jul 8, 2011 at 19:49

On my QGIS 1.7, here's the path:


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