System: Windows 10

conda version : 23.3.1

I have setup a conda environment with qgis according to this: https://gisunchained.wordpress.com/2019/05/29/using-qgis-from-conda/

However, I used the newest version of python (which is now in 2023 python 3.11) and the stable qgis version 3.28.5.


C:\Users\iik> conda create –name with_qgis python=3.11
C:\Users\iik> conda activate with_qgis
(with_qgis) C:\Users\iik> conda install qgis=3.28.5 --channel conda-forge

Then I added the kernel to jupyter notebook

(with_qgis) C:\Users\iik> conda install ipykernel
(with_qgis) C:\Users\iik> python -m ipykernel install --user --name with_qgis

Generally I'm then able to open jupyter notebook, select the relevant kernel and use the installed libraries. But importing qgis like this in jupyter:

import qgis

Just gives the error:

ModuleNotFoundError: No module named 'qgis'

IMPORTANT!!! If I activate the conda environment in the terminal, activate python and then import qgis, I get no error at all, but all seems to work fine.

(with_qgis) C:\Users\iik> python
>>>import qgis

So I assume, the library is correctly installed, but jupyter notebook cannot find the library?

What do I need to do to be able to import qgis into the jupyter notebook?

  • 1
    Activate the conda environment in the terminal, then start jupyter from that terminal.
    – user2856
    Apr 13, 2023 at 23:46
  • For this approach I would need to install jupyter into that conda environment. Is that what you mean?
    – i.i.k.
    Apr 14, 2023 at 6:57
  • I think I found an interesting discussion on this import error, when using jupyter notebooks and conda environments, which may help to understand the problem: stackoverflow.com/questions/58068818/…
    – i.i.k.
    Apr 14, 2023 at 7:07

1 Answer 1


The solution to use qgis in a conda environment within a jupyter notebook is to install qgis as well as jupyter notebook into the conda environment, and then activate jupyter notebook from inside the conda environment, so:

C:\Users\iik> conda create –name with_qgis_jptr python=3.11
C:\Users\iik> conda activate with_qgis_jptr
(with_qgis_jptr) C:\Users\iik> conda install jupyter
(with_qgis_jptr) C:\Users\iik> conda install qgis=3.28.5 --channel conda-forge
(with_qgis_jptr) C:\Users\iik> jupyter notebook

This opens the jupyter notebook browser, where you then create a new jupyter notebook using the 'ipykernel' in the jupyter menu and import qgis into the notebook:

import qgis

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