I am new to QGIS and I am preparing for first time use. Should I install all plugins that are not installed?

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    do you need them? some are now core to QGIS installs (referring to 3.8 and the up and coming 3.10).
    – Mapperz
    Commented Oct 9, 2019 at 15:27

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No, there's no need. I've been using QGIS for years and I'd guess that I've used maybe 3-5% of the plugins that are available. Loads of them are for niche processes, locations, or are in a different language. Just install them as you need them. I occasionally have a browse through them to see if there are any that might be useful as my uses change.

  • Thanks TeddyTedTed. Are there any basic ones I should install?
    – Jefferson
    Commented Oct 9, 2019 at 16:18
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    "Plugins Choices" is a subjective and disputable topic. You may check this source QGIS Python Plugins Repository and filter it by the total sum of downloads, or by votes. IMHO those might be interesting: QuickMapServices, MMQGIS, QuickOSM etc.
    – Taras
    Commented Oct 10, 2019 at 10:37
  • These plugins : autoSaver, changeDataSource, Memory Layer Saver and QuickMapServices may be useful regardless of what kind of work you intend to do
    – J.R
    Commented Oct 10, 2019 at 11:24

No need, it will make QGIS slower to load/start also if you have too many plugins installed.

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