I know that the browser in QGIS has quite a bit of capability for managing GeoPackages and other geodata, but I was wondering if there was a lightweight, standalone tool similar to ArcCatalog?

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    "QGIS Browser is available as a standalone application and as a panel in QGIS Desktop" docs.qgis.org/2.14/en/docs/user_manual/qgis_browser/…
    – Mapperz
    Dec 10, 2018 at 1:36
  • @Mapperz - post that as an answer so I can accept it. When I installed 3.x I somehow missed the browser standalone (which I had in 2.18).
    – Llaves
    Dec 10, 2018 at 3:23

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The QGIS Browser is available as a standalone application and as a panel in QGIS Desktop

It’s also possible to run the QGIS Browser as a standalone application. Like the Browser panel, the standalone Browser helps you navigate through your filesystem and manage your geodata. It also helps you preview or create them and open them in a QGIS project by drag-and-drop


  • I downloaded the standalone Windows installer for 3.4.2 from qgis.org/en/site/forusers/download.html . I did the install and the standalone browser application does not appear in the start menu, nor can I find it in the installed directory. I looked at the network installer and it doesn't appear to offer the standa lone browser, either. Obviously I'm doing something wrong. What is it? Thx
    – Llaves
    Dec 11, 2018 at 20:40
  • The standalone browser was removed from the 3.X distribution. Poor user uptake and associated maintenance effort were cited as the reasons. See qgis.org/en/site/forusers/visualchangelog30/…
    – Llaves
    Dec 17, 2018 at 14:29

The browser is no longer available as a standalone application, starting with the 3.X releases series. See changelog entry here

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