Due to various IT policies at my workplace, QGIS is installed on a machine that is not connected to the Internet. I wish to install a couple of QGIS plugins on this system.

I have downloaded the required plugins from http://pyqgis.org/repo/contributed. How do I install them in QGIS?

  • I remember something about this on the user list.But can't find it now it seems like one of the devs said they could just place them in tthe plugin folder (unpacked). I'll keep looking
    – Brad Nesom
    Jun 7, 2012 at 4:49

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For QGIS 3 (see the Changelog for QGIS 3.0)

When QGIS 3 is released it will contain a Install from Zip menu item to remove the need for you to manually do it.

You can just extract them into the .qgis/python/plugins folder in your home directory.

If you are using QGIS 1.9.0. (available as nightly build) you need to extract the archive into .qgis2/python/plugins instead.

The folder structure should look like this:

├── python
│   └── plugins
│        └──plugin folder
│        └──plugin folder
│        └──plugin folder

For example, this is an extract of what mine looks like:

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    A reminder for anyone else who does this: Do remember to enable the plugin from 'Manage Plugins' Menu. Without it, the plugin won't be visible on the UI. Jun 8, 2012 at 14:33
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    – Nathan W
    Jan 7, 2013 at 6:23
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    QGIS 2.0 or 2.0.1 the folder is now: - "QGIS Dufour\apps\qgis\python\plugins" Oct 11, 2013 at 13:40
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    No the folder is C:\Users\{username}\.qgis2`. Don't install into the QGIS Dufour` folder.
    – Nathan W
    Oct 11, 2013 at 21:50
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    Note: on a mac the folders containing the QGIS plugins are hidden. you will have to reveal them. Reference from comment on - gis.stackexchange.com/questions/227057/…
    – dustinturp
    Jul 3, 2017 at 18:15

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