I can't access the plugin repositories. If I go to plugins -> Manage and install plugins and settings I get unavailable for QGIS official repositories with URL "http://plugins.qgis.org/plugins/plugins.xml"

How can I fix this?

  • do you have a specific reason to use a QGIS version which is this old?
    – sn1ks
    Commented Aug 28, 2020 at 12:47
  • Upgrade to a supported QGIS version, or try going into the plugin manager and changing plugins.qgis.org/plugins/plugins.xml to plugins.qgis.org/plugins/plugins.xml (note https://) if that doesn't help, check if you're behind a corporate proxy.
    – user2856
    Commented Aug 28, 2020 at 12:58
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    Do you have the parameter filled with ?qgis=2.14 ? The URL works well plugins.qgis.org/plugins/plugins.xml?qgis=2.14
    – etrimaille
    Commented Aug 28, 2020 at 13:15
  • @sn1ks We have education material for this version, that's why we need the plugin repository to work.
    – esocel
    Commented Aug 31, 2020 at 6:42
  • @user2856 Thanks, it actually seems to work when i added an s after http.
    – esocel
    Commented Aug 31, 2020 at 6:43

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You need to go into the plugin manager and change the url from http://plugins.qgis.org/plugins/plugins.xml to https://plugins.qgis.org/plugins/plugins.xml.

I presume sometime after QGIS 2.14 was released the QGIS team switched the repositories to https. While http://plugins.qgis.org/plugins/plugins.xml automatically redirects to https:// (which you can see if you visit http://plugins.qgis.org/plugins/plugins.xml?qgis=2.14 in your browser), QGIS might not know how to handle this redirection.

  • It is not working for me. Even if i do this, after clicking OK, it still reverts to the http link. (I am running an older version of QGIS on a mac since the GRASS plugin works smoothly on this.) Commented Mar 25, 2022 at 5:25
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    There's nothing else you can then apart from upgrading or going to the plugin page for your version (e.g. plugins.qgis.org/plugins/plugins.xml?qgis=2.18) and downloading the plgin .zip you want and installing manually
    – user2856
    Commented Mar 25, 2022 at 5:42

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