Troubleshooting "ImportError: No module named requests" in Python

Feb 3, 2024 ยท 2 min read

When working with Python, you may encounter the error ImportError: No module named requests when trying to import the requests module. This error occurs when the requests library is not installed or cannot be found by your Python environment.

Here are some things you can try to resolve this:

Install requests

The requests module comes in a separate library that needs to be installed. You can install it by running:

pip install requests

Or with conda:

conda install requests

This will install the latest version of requests from the Python Package Index (PyPI).

Check your virtual environment

If you are using a virtual environment, you may have installed requests outside of that environment. Activate your env and retry importing requests. You can install it inside the active env if it still fails.

Update sys.path

Sometimes Python cannot find installed packages due to sys.path issues. Try manually adding the site-packages directory to sys.path before importing:

import sys
import requests

Reinstall requests

Even if requests is already installed, reinstalling can help resolve some dependency issues:

pip uninstall requests
pip install requests

Restart your kernel

If you are working in a Jupyter notebook or IDE, try restarting your Python kernel and rerun any import statements.

Following these troubleshooting tips should help resolve the "No module named requests" error. Check that requests installed properly in your environment. If it still does not work, there may be a deeper issue with dependencies or Python path configuration.

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