I'm using QGIS 2.18.3 in Linux Mint 18. I have downloaded Orfeo Toolbox and want to add it to the processing toolbox in QGIS. I have done it under Windows indicating the bin and lib path, but on Mint doesn't work. I read https://wiki.orfeo-toolbox.org/index.php/QGIS_access_to_OTB_applications but it doesn't seem logic that I have to build it from source just to do that. Anyone knows a easy/better way to do it?

  • I installed OTB from the regular ubuntugis-unstable repos and the tools appear in the QGIS processing toolbox. Nothing more to do...(I assume you have the qgis-providers package installed?).
    – Micha
    Commented Apr 12, 2017 at 18:45
  • No luck, I checked for qgis-providers package and ubuntugis-unstable, reinstall them, but nothing. Do you have to specify the paths in the Providers? I did that on Windows and worked fine. Commented Apr 17, 2017 at 13:11
  • I managed to install otb through the Package Manager of Mint, I an now able to use it from terminal. Now the path (checked) are /usr/bin and /usr/lib/otb/applications, I indicated the path in the processing toolbox settings, but nothing happened. Commented Apr 19, 2017 at 15:10

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Ok, I am responding my own question because I have solved it for my own purpose. It doesn't mean that there could not be a better answer.

It seems to be due to the version. I downgrade to the LTR version of QGIS, and the Orfeo Toolbox appear in the processing toolbox!!

My steps where:

Remove packages

sudo apt-get remove qgis python-qgis 
sudo apt-get autoremove

Add PPA (add lines in etc/apt/sources.list)

deb     http://qgis.org/ubuntugis-ltr xenial main
deb-src http://qgis.org/ubuntugis-ltr xenial main
deb     http://ppa.launchpad.net/ubuntugis/ubuntugis-unstable/ubuntu xenial main

Update repository

sudo apt-get update

Install QGIS

sudo apt-get install qgis python-qgis qgis-plugin-grass

Before you run QGIS for the first time, delete (or rename) the folder home/user/.qgis2 where user is your linux user

That is it!

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