I've got a fresh clean install of QGIS 3 running on Mac OS and I can't find where the plugin directory should be.

I don't have a directory at ~/.qgis3.

I've search my drive with locate qgis and locate plugins | grep qgis and can't see it anywhere.

I actually have two QGIS 3 installs, one using Homebrew and the other using Kyngchaos, and when I start either, they list the same installed plugins, so there must be a directory somewhere!

So, where is the QGIS 3 config directory on Mac OS hiding?

Edit: Nyall helped me find it! It's at ~/Library/Application\ Support/QGIS/QGIS3/profiles/default/ (the default component is a named profile, which is a new feature).

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    Didn't watch mine and Nyall's talk at QGIS Aus conf hey Alex ;)
    – Nathan W
    Mar 12, 2018 at 21:58
  • Clearly not! Rather foolish of me not to look in the place it's actually supposed to be!
    – Alex Leith
    Mar 13, 2018 at 5:20

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From the Settings Menu, User Profiles, select "Open active profile folder". You'll be taken straight there.


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