After having installed QGIS 1.8 I am not able to find the OpenLayers Plugin. In "the old days" I know I was supposed to check "add 3rd party repositories", but that button has disappeared. I tried adding the following repositories without luck:


I hope someone can help me locate the OpenLayers plugin as I desperately need it.


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I found the Github source https://github.com/sourcepole/qgis-openlayers-plugin. Since the repository address http://build.sourcepole.ch/qgis/plugins.xml listed on the Github page didn't work for me, I went ahead and cloned it. Then un-tar it and simply sudo mv it into the /usr/share/qgis/python/plugins directory. From there just enable it in the qgis "plugins -> manage plugins" dialogue.

  • Sourcepole's repository seems to be down currently.
    – underdark
    Commented Jul 23, 2012 at 18:03
  • Moving it to /home/your_name/.qgis/python/plugins/ also work.
    – Pablo
    Commented Jul 23, 2012 at 18:34
  • As underdark mentioned, the Sourcepole repository is down at present. It's been up and down for the last couple of days.
    – nhopton
    Commented Jul 23, 2012 at 18:48
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    Hi, 'sudo mv' is a command in Ubuntu (or other Linux OS) that moves a file/directory with administrator permissions. If you're using Windows, just drag/drop the unpacked file into your qgis plugins directory. Or, by this time, the Sourcepole repo may be back up, rendering all this unnecessary.
    – allen
    Commented Jul 24, 2012 at 12:20
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    The repo works again. Installed in Ubuntu 12.04.
    – Radu Maris
    Commented Sep 6, 2012 at 11:35

I had the same problem with Qgis 1.8,(I'm working on windows 7...) in the Python plugin installer I have add a repository : http://build.sourcepole.ch/qgis/plugins.xml and it's working, i can use know the openLayers plugin.

Thanks to underdark



This should allow you to find and install the OpenLayers plugin


...was my suggested text to add to the readme in this pull request.

  • Harry, another issue about use, is that some locale has to already be in focus in the map canvas. A brand new project will often cause the plugin to return an error since it has no extents to work from.
    – Willy
    Commented Oct 20, 2012 at 4:08

in 1.8 there is a plugin by name plugin installer may be checking it will give you the option of fetch python plugin and you can install it automatically


Please click Menu Plugins --> Fetch Python Plugins --> Type Openlayers Plugin in Filter row's --> then you will find Openlayers Plugin --> select it --> click Install/Upgrade plugin.

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