Can not get mysql-connector-python to install in virtualenv

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Can not get mysql-connector-python to install in virtualenv

I’m using Amazon Linux AMI release 2013.09. I’ve install virtualenv and after activation then I run pip install mysql-connector-python, but when I run my app I get an error: ImportError: No module named mysql.connector. Has anyone else had trouble doing this? I can install it outside of virtualenv and my script runs without issues. Thanks in advance for any help!

Asked By: slim


Answer #1:

Several things. There is an inconsistency in package naming so you may want to do:

pip search mysql-connector

to find out what it is called on your platform. I got two results mysql-connector-python and mysql-connector-repackaged.

so try this first:

pip install mysql-connector-python

this may additionally give an error like this:

Some externally hosted files were ignored (use 
    --allow-external mysql-connector-python to allow).

so finally this should do the job:

pip install mysql-connector-python --allow-external mysql-connector-python
Answered By: Kinjal Dixit

Answer #2:

Solution I found:

sudo pip install mysql-connector-python-rf

If you see this error: option --single-version-externally-managed not recognized, try this:

sudo pip install --egg mysql-connector-python-rf
Answered By: Display name

Answer #3:

pip install mysql-connector

This worked for me!

Answered By: prashanth

Answer #4:

I was facing the similar issue. My env details –
Python 2.7.11
pip 9.0.1
CentOS release 5.11 (Final)

Error on python interpreter –

>>> import mysql.connector
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<stdin>", line 1, in <module>
ImportError: No module named mysql.connector

Use pip to search the available module –

$ pip search mysql-connector | grep --color mysql-connector-python

mysql-connector-python-rf (2.2.2)        - MySQL driver written in Python
mysql-connector-python (2.0.4)           - MySQL driver written in Python

Install the mysql-connector-python-rf –

$ pip install mysql-connector-python-rf


$ python
Python 2.7.11 (default, Apr 26 2016, 13:18:56)
[GCC 4.1.2 20080704 (Red Hat 4.1.2-54)] on linux2
Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.
>>> import mysql.connector
Answered By: Rishi

Answer #5:

I’d like to add that

sudo easy_install mysql-connector

worked for me after pip kept crashing no matter what I did.

Answered By: slim

Answer #6:

I’ve battled with this and tried upgrading pip and setuptools but actually it seems all you need to do is:

sudo pip install virtualenv --upgrade

Once you’ve upgraded virtualenv, create a new virtual environment, activate it and try installing with:

pip install

(you might need to update the url, but that’s the current one)

Answered By: DenisH

Answer #7:


pip install mysql-connector-python-rf

worked for me in my pyenv python version 2.7.12 and pip version 9.0.1.

Answered By: Thomas Webber

Answer #8:

I have managed to overcome this problem by entering mysql-connector-python package URL, taken from MySQL page, directly to the requirements file, instead of dependency name.

My requirements file looks like this:


After creating virtualenv and switching into it I am executing

$ pip install -r ./requirements

And pip is doing the rest of the work, i.e., downloading, extracting and installing.

Answered By: wpodgorski

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