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I'm using QGIS 2.18.20. On MacOS High Sierra 10.13.5 Only recently I haven't been able to find uninstalled plugins. The settings show the repository is "unavailable". I'm not using a proxy. I've tried using http:// instead of https:// but it comes up with SSL error.

I've manually downloaded the desired plugins (Animove and Point Sampling Tool) but I can't find the .qgis folder on my mac (perhaps this is a lack of knowledge about macs so please advise on this mac users!) so I'm not sure how to go about manually adding the unzipped files

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Managed to figure this out after lots of searching through this site:

  1. Manually download the plugin you are looking for (e.g. from here https://plugins.qgis.org/plugins/pointsamplingtool/) NB: make sure you select the right version for your version of QGIS
  2. Drag and drop the whole (unzipped) downloaded file to the following location (this will only be correct for QGIS2): MacHD/Applications/QGIS.app/Contents/Resources/python/plugins

These posts were very helpful:

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I was unable to access https:// via the default library url in March 2019. However I added link via http:// and after ignoring SSL error message plugins listed as they should be using the http url ,however the SSL error stops them being downloaded. They can be accessed through Safari

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