ModuleNotFoundError: No module named ‘django’ – Common Django Errors

If you got the error “ModuleNotFoundError: No module named ‘django'” it means that Python couldn’t find your Django package. Here’s the full error message:

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "", line 10, in main
    from import execute_from_command_line
ModuleNotFoundError: No module named 'django'

The above exception was the direct cause of the following exception:

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "", line 21, in <module>
  File "", line 16, in main
    ) from exc
ImportError: Couldn't import Django. Are you sure it's installed and available on your PYTHONPATH environment variable? Did you forget to activate a virtual environment?

If you know that Django was installed, here are some quick things to check:

  • If you installed it in a virtual environment, make sure that you activate your virtual environment:
$ source venv/bin/activate
  • To check which paths Python looks in for the django module you can run this code:
(venv) $ python
Python 3.6.9 (default, Nov  7 2019, 10:44:02)
[GCC 8.3.0] on linux
Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.
>>> import sys
>>> print(sys.path)
['', '/usr/lib/', '/usr/lib/python3.6', '/usr/lib/python3.6/lib-dynload', '/opt/code/venv/lib/python3.6/site-packages']

If Django is not located in one of those paths, it means that you didn’t install Django or didn’t install it in the right location.

f you didn’t install the Django package lets do that now. First, install and activate your virtual environment. Then install Django with this command:

(venv) $ pip install django

Now you can rerun and everything should work

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