Install QGIS 3.4 in Ubuntu 16.04

The month of October, 2018, ushered in the new LTR, QGIS 3.4 “Madeira”. This was a long-awaited version as it unleashes powerful tools for use by GIS enthusiasts in the industry. Switching to QGIS 3.4  is very easy for users who’ve been on the previous 3.x versions. For users moving from 2.x, it might look like a whole new software. Anyway, QGIS 3.4 is here for your use. This version is compiled against Qt 5.5.1, GDAL/OGR 2.2.2, GEOS 3.5.1 and PostgreSQL Client 9.5.2

In this guide, I demonstrate a way to install QGIS 3.4.x in Ubuntu. On Windows, you can get the installer at QGIS Download Page

To install QGIS 3.4 “Madeira” in your Ubuntu 16.x, follow the steps below (These are the steps I used to install 3.4 on my system);

Add the following lines to sources.list

[php]sudo sh -c ‘echo “deb xenial main” >> /etc/apt/sources.list'[/php]

[php]sudo sh -c ‘echo “deb-src xenial main” >> /etc/apt/sources.list'[/php]

Add the PPA

[php]sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntugis/ubuntugis-unstable[/php]

Get the Key

[php]wget -O – | gpg –import[/php]

[php]gpg –fingerprint CAEB3DC3BDF7FB45[/php]

[php]gpg –export –armor CAEB3DC3BDF7FB45 | sudo apt-key add -[/php]

Update the System

[php]sudo apt-get update[/php]

Install QGIS together with GRASS Plugin

[php]sudo apt-get install qgis python-qgis qgis-plugin-grass[/php]

That’s it. Enjoy the new power in QGIS.
You can have more than one version of the QGIS software on both any OS.

Recommended For You

About the Author: Wanjohi Kibui

A GIS user with interests in web and desktop systems development, FOSS advocate, trainer and mentor. Lives in Nairobi but finds adventure in travelling. The "Life in GIS" phrase is as a result of the many told and untold stories in the Geospatial realm. Drop a message today for more details and projects!!


  1. Hi Samuel,
    I use on Ubuntu 16.04 and have been using QGIS 2.18 (LTR) but I am unable to install 3.4 (LTR) even after uninstalling and purging the previous LTR. You also mentioned in this post that it is possible to keep both versions. How can I achieve this?

    Thank you!

    1. Hello. Do you find any files under the QGIS installation folders on your local? You can use synaptic package manager to check for these files, uninstall them then follow the procedure above to install the 3.4

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: