Workaround to Easy Install PIL on Windows

1 min read · Posted on: Aug 30, 2008 · Print this page

This is a quick workaround for people who are using easy_install to install Python Imaging Library on Windows. Many people faced issues while doing this. I found a simple workaround for this.

You must have tried the following

C:> easy_install PIL
Searching for PIL
...
Finished processing dependencies for PIL
C:> python
Python 2.5.2 (r252:60911, Feb 21 2008, 13:11:45) [MSC v.1310 32 bit (Intel)] on
win32
Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.
>>> import Image
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<stdin>", line 1, in <module>
ImportError: No module named Image

Now you will need to go to your site-packages directory (typically at C:\Python\Lib\site-packages) and change one line that starts with ./PIL-1.1.6-py2.5-win32.egg to simply ./PIL and change the sub-directory named similarly to PIL

Now your imports should work :smile:


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Arun is the author of "Django Design Patterns and Best Practices". Avid open source enthusiast. Keen on Python. Loves to help people learn technology. Works as a product manager at Unisys. Find out more about Arun on the about page.

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