The problem

Following the instructions from the QGIS page, after the corresponding ppa channels are installed, the command

 sudo apt-get install qgis

fails with a message:

The following packages have unmet dependencies:
qgis : Depends: python-qgis (= 1:2.18.18+24xenial) but it is not going to be installed

Trying again with:

sudo apt-get install qgis python-qgis

leads to the error:

python-qgis : Depends: python-qscintilla2 but it is not going to be installed

Finally, trying with:

sudo apt-get install qgis python-qgis  python-qscintilla2


python-qscintilla2 : Depends: sip-api-11.3 but it is not installable

After some hours looking for a solution, I figured out that xenian only supports the sip-api-11.2. For some bizarre reason, QGIS packages point for the version 11.3, which does not exist in xenian, crashing the installation.

The Fix

Fortunately, a fix that worked on my machine was:

Download these individual .deb packages:



The package python3-pyqt5.qsci will force the installation of sip-api-11.2.

Install these packages in that same order:

sudo gdebi python3-pyqt5.qsci_2.9.1+dfsg-4build1_amd64.deb
sudo gdebi python-qscintilla2_2.9.1+dfsg-4build1_amd64.deb

After this qgis should install normally.

sudo apt-get install qgis   
  • 1
    Welcome to GIS SE! It is permissible, and encouraged to post self-answered questions on this site, but here you have posted an answer within a question. Please cut/paste your answer out from your question and into the area reserved for answers. – PolyGeo Apr 19 '18 at 3:46
  • From qgis.org/debian-ltr/dists/xenial/main/binary-amd64/Packages I see a dependency on sip-api-11.2; not 11.3. Did you install a newer version of python-sip manually? You should have 4.17+dfsg-1build1. – AndreJ Apr 19 '18 at 14:02
  • Great! Works for me (Mint 18.3). – Max Yudin Aug 13 '18 at 17:02

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