I installed QGIS 3 with GRASS 7 this morning via OSGeo4W64, and the application opens up without any issues, however the GdalTools plugin is coming up as "Invalid", showing the error "This plugin is broken: Missing metadata file."

I can't uninstall/reinstall the plugin within QGIS, as it advises it is a core plugin. I can't find it in the repository either, which was my Plan B. I've uninstalled and reinstalled QGIS 3, along with all of the GDAL-related packages listed in OSGeo4W64, but nothing has corrected this error.

I have QGIS 2.18.17 installed on the same machine, which is working fine, however I've also noticed that I'm getting the same error for the fTools plugin in 2.18.17. Could be related but I can't be sure when that error first appeared - it may have been there for some time without me noticing.

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I've resolved this by learning from Michael Stuyts' experiences in his comment above.

After upgrading from QGIS 2.18 to 3.0, I also had an empty folder "C:\OSGeo4W64\apps\qgis\python\plugins\GdalTools\tools". I removed the GdalTools folder and this has made the error disappear from the "Manage and Install Plugins" window.

  • I have the exact same problem. The broken plugin appears in Plugin Manager, but there's no GdalTools folder in python/plugins.
    – pg85
    Commented Jun 28, 2018 at 5:55

You shouldn't need the GdalTools plugin in 3.0 -- it was removed and the plugin's functionality was merged into the processing plugin.

If you go to Settings -> User Profiles -> Open active profile folder, what do you see listed under python/plugins?

  • The only folder I have in the python/plugins folder is "SemiAutomaticClassificationPlugin" Commented Feb 26, 2018 at 6:26
  • Given that the GdalTools plugin's functionality was merged into the processing plugin in 3.0, is it safe to ignore this error? Or could it be indicative of a separate problem? Commented Feb 28, 2018 at 5:44
  • After I upgraded from QGIS 2.18 to 3.0 GdalTools also appeared as invalid in 3.0. Apparently an empty folder `C:\OSGeo4W64\apps\qgis\python\plugins\GdalTools\tools` still existed on my Windows 10 machine. I removed the GdalTools folder in this location and GdalTools was no longer listed in the Plugins Window. Commented Feb 28, 2018 at 12:56

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