# QGIS 3.4 Couldn't load SIP module. Python support will be disabled on Windows 10

I upgraded from QGIS 3.2 to 3.4 and bad things happened. On start-up I get the error.

Couldn't load SIP module. Python support will be disabled.

Traceback (most recent call last): File "", line 1, in File "C:/PROGRA~1/QGIS3~1.4/apps/qgis/./python\qgis__init__.py", line 80, in import qgis.gui File "C:/PROGRA~1/QGIS3~1.4/apps/qgis/./python\qgis\gui__init__.py", line 27, in from qgis._gui import * ValueError: PyCapsule_GetPointer called with incorrect name

Python version: 3.7.0 (v3.7.0:1bf9cc5093, Jun 27 2018, 04:59:51) [MSC v.1914 64 bit (AMD64)]

Python path: ['C:/PROGRA~1/QGIS3~1.4/apps/qgis/./python', 'C:/Users/Cary/AppData/Roaming/QGIS/QGIS3\profiles\default/python', 'C:/Users/Cary/AppData/Roaming/QGIS/QGIS3\profiles\default/python/plugins', 'C:/PROGRA~1/QGIS3~1.4/apps/qgis/./python/plugins', 'C:\Program Files\QGIS 3.4\bin\python37.zip', 'C:\PROGRA~1\QGIS3~1.4\apps\Python37\DLLs', 'C:\PROGRA~1\QGIS3~1.4\apps\Python37\lib', 'C:\Program Files\QGIS 3.4\bin', 'C:\Users\Cary\AppData\Roaming\Python\Python37\site-packages', 'C:\PROGRA~1\QGIS3~1.4\apps\Python37', 'C:\PROGRA~1\QGIS3~1.4\apps\Python37\lib\site-packages', 'C:\PROGRA~1\QGIS3~1.4\apps\Python37\lib\site-packages\win32', 'C:\PROGRA~1\QGIS3~1.4\apps\Python37\lib\site-packages\win32\lib', 'C:\PROGRA~1\QGIS3~1.4\apps\Python37\lib\site-packages\Pythonwin']

I feel that there is an issue with my Python Path but I've tried several things to fix it and I am not there yet.

Does anyone know a fix for this?

• ** From bad to worse after an uninstall and reinstall. ** An error occurred during execution of following code: qgis.utils.initInterface(1797760070112) Traceback (most recent call last): File "", line 1, in File "C:/PROGRA~1/QGIS3~1.4/apps/qgis/./python\qgis\utils.py", line 219, in initInterface iface = wrapinstance(pointer, QgisInterface) TypeError: wrapinstance() argument 2 must be sip.wrappertype, not sip.wrappertype Python version: 3.7.0 (v3.7.0:1bf9cc5093, Jun 27 2018, 04:59:51) [MSC v.1914 64 bit (AMD64)] QGIS version: 3.4.2-Madeira 'Madeira', 22034aa070 – Cary H Dec 20 '18 at 13:41
• I am in a vicious circle of uninstalling / installing QGIS 3.4.3 to be able to run plugins and installing PyQt5. When I uninstall both of them and reinstall QGIS i cannot build with pb_tool due to something wrong with pyrcc5 and I have to pip install PyQt5. Then I get "QGIS 3.4 Couldn't load SIP module. Python support will be disabled on Windows 10". Is there some magic version of PyQt5 that makes this all work? – Cary H Dec 28 '18 at 19:04

I encountered this problem on Ubuntu 18.04 with QGIS-Madeira 3.4.13 after installing PyQt5. I didn't put it in virtual environment because I didn't anticipate there would be any issues; it must have overwritten PyQt4 and the older version of sip, as there is a special version associated with PyQt5. I was able to fix the issues with QGIS by uninstalling PyQt5's sip (and PyQt5, which could always be re-installed properly within a virtual environment), then re-installing sip system-wide (in the environment in which QGIS looks for it).
sudo -H pip3 uninstall PyQt5-sip