When starting up QGIS 3.2.2 (also tested with 3.2.3), I get the following message in the "Plugins" Log Message Window:

2018-10-18T08:03:48     WARNING    Failed to load C:/OSGEO4~1/apps/qgis/plugins/grassplugin7.dll (Reason: Cannot load library C:\OSGEO4~1\apps\qgis\plugins\grassplugin7.dll: Das angegebene Modul wurde nicht gefunden.)
2018-10-18T08:03:48     WARNING    Failed to load C:/OSGEO4~1/apps/qgis/plugins/grassprovider7.dll (Reason: Cannot load library C:\OSGEO4~1\apps\qgis\plugins\grassprovider7.dll: Das angegebene Modul wurde nicht gefunden.)
2018-10-18T08:03:48     WARNING    Failed to load C:/OSGEO4~1/apps/qgis/plugins/grassrasterprovider7.dll (Reason: Cannot load library C:\OSGEO4~1\apps\qgis\plugins\grassrasterprovider7.dll: Das angegebene Modul wurde nicht gefunden.)
2018-10-18T08:03:48     INFO    Loaded mmqgis (package: mmqgis)
2018-10-18T08:03:50     INFO    Loaded Networks (package: networks)
2018-10-18T08:03:50     INFO    Loaded QuickOSM (package: QuickOSM)
2018-10-18T08:03:52     INFO    Loaded QuickMapServices (package: quick_map_services)
2018-10-18T08:03:52     INFO    Loaded DB Manager (package: db_manager)
2018-10-18T08:03:52     INFO    Loaded MetaSearch Catalog Client (package: MetaSearch)
2018-10-18T08:03:54     INFO    Loaded Processing (package: processing)

And sure enough, I cannot use the GRASS GIS Plugins. I also have QGIS 2.18.24 installed, the plugins are fully available there. Any idea what the issue might be?


I also tested with OSGeo4W Network Installer (64 bit), with the same result. Also note that grassplugin7.dll, grassprovider7.dll and grassrasterprovider7.dll are available in the folder C:\OSGeo4W64\apps\qgis\plugins

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Ok, this is slightly embarrassing but I'll post the answer here anyway in case someone is as blind as I was. Apparently, there are two QGIS executable files: C:\OSGeo4W64\bin\qgis-bin.exe and C:\OSGeo4W64\bin\qgis-bin-g7.4.1.exe. In Windows, when firing up a program via the Windwos startup button, it runs qgis-bin.exe by default and GRASS does not work. When you run qgis-bin-g7.4.1.exe however, it GRASS works.

I'll show myself out

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    no need to show yourself out. over two years later and you've saved me!
    – Jo Pedder
    Commented Mar 3, 2021 at 15:30

It looks like a faulty installation. I faced some plugin issue with OSGeo4W installation in windows OS whereas my Linux system is all good.

If there is not any specific reason to stick with 3.2.2, I would suggest to download and install the standalone version of QGIS 3.2.3-Bonn with GRASS 7.4.1.

Its running all fine in my Windows 10.

  • Thank you for this answer. I uninstalled both QGIS Versions 2.18.24 and 3.2.2 and installed 3.2.3 with GRASS 7.4.1. The issue persists... Any ideas?
    – Ratnanil
    Commented Oct 19, 2018 at 5:44
  • Have you checked if any of the previous dlls are sitting in the sytem like Appdata folder or so. Do a quick search to check if the DLLs are only on one place. Commented Oct 20, 2018 at 13:35
  • Also make sure the MSVC++ runtime is uptodate. I have experineced a lot of problems of dlll loading where the installed MSVC++ is different than which was used to comile the dlls. The MSVC++ that comes with the GRASS 7.4.1 should be fully compatible with GRASS dlls. Also make sure the Windows registry is not carrying a older/imcompatible MSVC++. DLLs are absolute pain now a days. Commented Oct 20, 2018 at 13:42
  • To your first question: I searched my entire Harddrive and found the dll's at two locations. Once for each QGIS Installation. For QGIS 2.18 it's locatated here C:\Program Files\QGIS 2.18\apps\qgis-ltr\plugins while its located here C:\OSGeo4W64\apps\qgis\plugins for QGIS 3.2.3.
    – Ratnanil
    Commented Oct 22, 2018 at 12:10
  • To your second question: I've added my MSVC++ Versions in the original question:
    – Ratnanil
    Commented Oct 22, 2018 at 12:14

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