July 9, 2008

qGIS on Ubuntu Hardy

Filed under: Uncategorized — mifan @ 8:19 am

I’m a big fan of qGIS, my favorite GIS desktop client. I recently upgraded to Ubuntu Linux 8.04 LTS, a.k.a Hardy Heron, and was amazed to find that qGIS was no longer part of the standard Ubuntu repositories, which is absolutely dissapointing – anyways, here is a workaround to getting qGIS installed on Ubuntu. Of course, compiling from source is always an option, but I’m going with the ‘Ubuntu way’ here.
The latest version of QGIS for Ubuntu is available at Add this entry:
deb hardy main
to your Sources list, usually available at
And Update your Ubuntu sources:
sudo apt-get update
Now install qgis:
sudo apt-get install qgis

However, when I tried starting qGIS from the command line, I got the following 2 errors/warnings:

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


Couldn’t load PyQt bindings. Python support will be disabled.

The above 2 can be corrected by installing the following packages in Ubuntu:
sudo apt-get install python-sip4
sudo apt-get install python-qt4
And with the above steps completed, I now can run QGIS again. Viva GIS 🙂



  1. thanks!

    Comment by tom buckley — July 23, 2008 @ 3:22 pm | Reply

  2. Thanks too. 😉

    Comment by Romeu — July 31, 2008 @ 12:49 am | Reply

  3. Thank’s a million! I was wondering why qGis was not in the repository. Now i can freely work my geographical data 🙂

    Comment by Lilianabla — October 15, 2008 @ 12:50 pm | Reply

  4. Thanks alot!!!!
    I was trying to install qgis since 2 months!!!
    I finally did it!!
    Thanks to you!!!!

    Comment by kim — December 22, 2009 @ 8:29 am | Reply

  5. Thanks. this still works and installs qgis on Hardy

    Comment by just another techie — April 6, 2010 @ 2:20 pm | Reply

  6. Thanks, it worked

    Comment by Masembey — March 3, 2011 @ 5:47 pm | Reply

  7. It did not work for me! Any idea?

    Comment by Samuel-Rosa — April 23, 2012 @ 10:43 pm | Reply

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