I am searching for default location for QGIS 3 Plugin folder

I checked here but could not find:

  • C:\Program Files\QGIS 3.0\apps\qgis\python\plugins
  • C:\Users\Abhijit\.qgis2 (cannot locate .qgis3, should it be there ?)

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Go to menu Settings -> User profiles -> Open active profile folder

From there, you can go to python -> plugins. That's the plugin folder for QGIS v3.

On my GNU/Linux machine:


On a Windows machine:


In those paths, USER will change by yours and default might change as well if you're using another profile.

  • Thanks for the step by step instructions . by any chance is the documentation for new QGIS ready ? any link will help. Mar 10, 2018 at 13:32
  • Plugins directory may not exist so pastable path for current Windows user: %APPDATA%\QGIS\QGIS3\profiles\default\python\
    – Pocketsand
    Apr 11, 2018 at 10:47
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    On Mac with QGIS3.6 , it was ~/Library/Application\ Support/QGIS/QGIS3/profiles/default/python/plugins
    – Dave X
    Mar 11, 2019 at 15:15
  • this is useful for debugging - just change the name of the plugin folder if you are having trouble getting QGIS to load due to a plugin you just installed
    – Malcolm
    Feb 24, 2020 at 13:27
  • Thanks. I have found it in $HOME/.local/share/QGIS/QGIS3/profiles/default/python/plugins Jan 12, 2022 at 8:22

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