It seems the syntax of Pop! OS is such that I can't search this site or google without it being confused as pop up. It is a scientific based development friendly OS based on Ubuntu. However you can't get QGIS through a repo so I wondered if anyone knows what the problem is or if there is a work around. It seems the perfect environment for creating a python extension for QGIS so that is what I'm trying for.


Pop! is based on Ubuntu 18.04 so QGIS 2.18 is available by default and can be installed from the command line (or synaptic):

sudo apt install qgis python-qgis qgis-plugin-grass

QGIS is not available via Pop!_Shop or other software centers such as Gnome Software or the Elementary App Center (which Pop!_Shop is forked from) because whoever packaged QGIS for Ubuntu (or Debian) have not included an "appdata.xml" file.

In order for a software center (i.e Pop!_Shop) to show an application including a description and screenshots, applications have to include a specific "appdata.xml" file.

Therefore, you'll have to install from the command line (or synaptic).

You can also install more up to date versions from QGIS:

An example command line install based on the provided instructions:

DISTRO=$(lsb_release -cs)

echo "deb     $REPO $DISTRO main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/qgis.list
echo "deb-src $REPO $DISTRO main" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/qgis.list
sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-key CAEB3DC3BDF7FB45

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install qgis python-qgis qgis-plugin-grass
  • I'm assuming since in their package manager it does not compile. it's called pop shop. I was interested in anyone with experience as to why it is not working for POP! – lewis Jul 14 '18 at 23:02
  • @Luke QGIS binaries depend on certain packages available in the main Ubuntu (or Debian) repos. I'm not sure if those are in the sources.list of a Pop!OS installation by default. And for a Xenial-based OS (not sure if this applies to the current POP!OS) you need the ubuntugis-unstable ppa to get QGIS 3.2. – AndreJ Jul 15 '18 at 11:56
  • Thanks for your answers, and now I see that synaptic is in Pop Shop package manager and when I use that I see that they do have QGIS for the distro. – lewis Jul 16 '18 at 0:59
  • @lewis, yes synaptic shows everything. I use it myself. – user2856 Jul 16 '18 at 1:25

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