I have experienced this scenario once before and now today, whenever I updated my QGIS installation on Ubuntu, it didn't reload python plugins under ~/.qgis2/python/plugins when started, only c++ plugins are available. I can't really recall what I did previously but when I restarted my machine it seemed to work out of the box. Any ideas?

  • qgis 6.2.1 needs python 2.7 - which python do you have installed?
    – Ian Turton
    Commented Jan 4, 2015 at 17:02
  • I'm using pythin 2.7.3
    – Erick
    Commented Jan 4, 2015 at 17:13
  • are there any error messages on startup
    – Ian Turton
    Commented Jan 4, 2015 at 17:19
  • Nope. QGIS starts okay. But it doesn't load or show python plugins only c++ plugins. This started after an update, but before it was just working fine. I was able to use python plugins. I experience the same before, I can't really remember how I sorted the issue out.
    – Erick
    Commented Jan 4, 2015 at 17:20
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    Possible duplicate of: gis.stackexchange.com/questions/126673/… You need to install the python packages for QGIS manually in a second run.
    – AndreJ
    Commented Jan 4, 2015 at 17:53

1 Answer 1


AndreJ is right. When I did an upgrade of QGIS from version 2.6.0 to 2.6.1, python-qgis was not upgraded in the process and was held back at version 2.6.0. This I confirmed by running dpkg below.

dpkg -s python-qgis

After manually upgrading python-qgis as suggested by AndreJ.

sudo apt-get install python-qgis

QGIS finally was able to reload python plugins.

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