No module named MySQLdb

No module named MySQLdb

I am using Python version 2.5.4 and install MySQL version 5.0 and Django. Django is working fine with Python, but not MySQL. I am using it in Windows Vista.


Answer 1:

You need to use one of the following commands. Which one depends on what OS and software you have and use.

  1. easy_install mysql-python (mix os)
  2. pip install mysql-python (mix os/ python 2)
  3. pip install mysqlclient (mix os/ python 3)
  4. apt-get install python-mysqldb (Linux Ubuntu, …)
  5. cd /usr/ports/databases/py-MySQLdb && make install clean (FreeBSD)
  6. yum install MySQL-python (Linux Fedora, CentOS …)

For Windows, see this answer: Install mysql-python (Windows)

Answer 2:

…and remember there is no MySQLdb for python3.x

(I know the question is about python2.x but google rates this post quite high)

EDIT: As stated in the comments, there’s a MySQLdb’s fork that adds Python 3 support:

Answer 3:

if your python version is 3.5, do a pip install mysqlclient, other things didn’t work for me

Answer 4:

mysqldb is a module for Python that doesn’t come pre-installed or with Django. You can download mysqldb here.

Answer 5:


sudo apt-get install python-mysqldb

Answer 6:

Note this is not tested for python 3.x


pip install wheel
pip install pymysql


import pymysql

It worked with me

Answer 7:

Try this.

pip install MySQL-python

Answer 8:

pip install PyMySQL

and then add this two lines to your Project/Project/

import pymysql

Works on WIN and python 3.3+

Answer 9:

for window :

pip install mysqlclient pymysql


import pymysql

for python 3 Ubuntu

sudo apt-get install -y python3-mysqldb

Answer 10:

If pip install mysqlclient produces an error and you use Ubuntu, try:

sudo apt-get install -y python-dev libmysqlclient-dev && sudo pip install mysqlclient

Answer 11:

I met the same situation under windows, and searched for the solution.

Seeing this post Install mysql-python (Windows).

It points out installing such a pip environment is difficult, needs many other dependencies.

But I finally know that if we use mysqlclient with a version down to 1.3.4, it don’t need that requirements any more, so try:

pip install mysqlclient==1.3.4

Answer 12:

  • Go to your project directory with cd.
  • source/bin/activate (activate your env. if not previously).
  • Run the command easy_install MySQL-python

Answer 13:

pip install --user mysqlclient 

above works for me like charm for me.I go the error from sqlalchemy actually.
Environment information :

Python : 3.6, Ubuntu : 16.04,conda 4.6.8

Answer 14:

Thanks to derevo but I think there’s another good way for doing this:

  1. Download and install ActivePython
  2. Open Command Prompt
  3. Type pypm install mysql-python
  4. Read the notes specific to this package.

I think pypm is more powerful and reliable than easy_install.