All of a sudden my vector menu tools are missing. I know this is a common bug but all the instructions on how to fix it didn't work for me.

I checked if the processing plugin is installed but QGIS tells me this plugin is broken.

I tried uninstalling it and deleted the .qgis2 folder but even after reinstalling nothing changed.

I'm using QGIS version 2.18.2 on macOS Sierra.

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    A full re-install might be easiest. Mar 13, 2017 at 10:02
  • I did uninstall and reinstall it. Do I have to delete anything else besides the application and the .qgis2 folder? Mar 13, 2017 at 10:03
  • .qgis2 folder should be enough. Are you using the Kyngchaos installer? kyngchaos.com/software/qgis Mar 13, 2017 at 10:06
  • Yes I'm using Kyngchaos Mar 13, 2017 at 10:12
  • Is there anything in your \.qgis2\python\plugins folder? QGIS reported processing as broken directly after the reinstall of QGIS? Mar 13, 2017 at 10:19

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Finally found the files that were still left on the computer! So I followed this instruction:


"3. Remove all components related to Quantum GIS 2.8.1 in Finder" I only found the remaining files when I used the "Go to folder" function in the Finder. Like in the figure I typed in "~/Library" (there is different Library folders on Mac but the "Go to folder" directed me to the right one)

Under "Preferences" I found and deleted this: "org.qgis.QGIS2.plist" I believe there was another file with a similar name in the "Application Support" or "Caches" folder but I can't find it anymore now. I deleted both those files, the .qgis2 folder, and the Application, emptied the trash and reinstalled QGIS. When starting it again there were no more errors and the Vector menu reappeared!

Hope this might help people who are confronted with the same problem! Thanks everyone for the help!

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