I am building a plugin in QGIS 3.24 using Python. I want to create a button in the plugin which will in turn download the dependencies such as Pandas, NumPy, GeoPandas, Networkx etc. in the system if its not available.

Is it possible with Python?

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    Where do you want to install these libraries? a separate virtual environment, QGIS Python environment i.e. py3_env, Anaconda environment, or directly in the system ?
    – Taras
    Commented Nov 30, 2022 at 9:30
  • QGIS python env or virtual env
    – BenStone
    Commented Nov 30, 2022 at 9:34

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You can wrap import package line in try-except. If it throws ModuleNorFoundError, then install the package.

import subprocess

    import numpy
except ModuleNotFoundError:
    subprocess.call(['pip', 'install', 'numpy'])
  • Could you tell me how to install the library in the virtual environment I have created in vs code using Python? @Kadir Şahbaz
    – BenStone
    Commented Nov 30, 2022 at 11:05
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    This is a different question which should be another post. For a quick solution, I guess, when you run VsCode inside a virtual environment or you switch your Python interpreter to point to the one within your venv, pip installs packages into virtual environment. I have not tried so far. Commented Nov 30, 2022 at 11:28
  • okay , fine i will check it out
    – BenStone
    Commented Nov 30, 2022 at 11:30

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