I have just downloaded the newest version of QGIS (3.2) and the processing toolbox is nowhere to be found. It says that it is now apart of the core package, but i cannot find it on anywhere on the program.

  • I'm having the same issue. 3.16, Windows 7 (b/c reasons). Vector drop down menu is empty; there is no Processing toolbox or Processing menu. I have seen many comments saying go to Plugins and enable the Processing Plugin, which is supposed to be a core plugin already installed, but the plugin is not even there so I can't enable it. Ctrl+Alt+T does nothing. I looked for the plugin to download and install it, but I could not find it on the QGIS website. Ideas anyone? Mar 2, 2022 at 2:06
  • Update: I uninstalled and then installed QGIS 3.10.14 instead, and the Processing plugin and tools are showing up now. Mar 4, 2022 at 15:37

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You have to activate the plugin "Processing" in the Plugin-Manager.

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    I had done 1001 things but this was the problem all the time. thanks. Jul 12, 2021 at 12:16

You can open it up with Ctrl + Alt + T.

Or you can click on the Processing Toolbox Icon:

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Click on Processing > Toolbox on the Menu Toolbar. Then you can bring it back with Ctl+Alt+T.


@Arthur R, thank you. That is correct and totally fixed it: enable "Processing" plug-in. Other answers that reference Processing drop down menu, the toolbox symbol, or ctrl+alt+t are not helpful for this issue because none of those appear without the plug-in enabled.


Try disabling 'Processing' in plugins by unchecking it. Close the plugins pop-up.

Re-open plugins and re-enable 'Processing'. Close the plugins pop-up again.

Look for the icon in the toolbar or press CTRL+ALT+T

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