PIL: DLL load failed: specified procedure could not be found

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PIL: DLL load failed: specified procedure could not be found

I’ve been beginning to work with images in Python and I wanted to start using PIL (Pillow). To install it, I ran pip install Pillow. When installing, PIL was not previously installed. I also tried uninstalling it and reinstalling it, as well as using pip3 install Pillow.

When I run it in Python, my first line is:

File "C:Program FilesPython36libsite-packagesPILImage.py", line 56, in <module>
from . import _imaging as core
ImportError: DLL load failed: The specified procedure could not be found.

I checked the directory, and the file _imaging.cp36-win_amd64.pyd is present under the PIL folder.

Why is this happening if the needed DLL is there? How can I fix it?

Answer #1:

I had this problem as well with Python 3.6. I just avoided the problem by uninstalling pillow (4.1.0) and then installing an older version of pillow (4.0.0). It seems to run okay with the older version.

Answered By: Sean

Answer #2:

As in Sean’s answer, I had to uninstall (I’m using Anaconda Python 3.6, BTW) with

conda uninstall pillow

I tried it with PIL, but there was no such package. Uninstalling pillow also meant uninstalling packages that depend on it, in my case “anaconda-navigator” and “scikit-image”. After I reinstalled Pillow 4.0.0 with

 conda install pillow=4.0.0

and tested it with

python -c "from PIL import Image"

which, if successful, you don’t see an error message, I reinstalled the packages that were uninstalled along with Pillow 4.1.0.

conda install anaconda-navigator
conda install scikit-image
Answered By: Ed Bernal

Answer #3:

If you’re using Anaconda, try

conda uninstall pillow and then pip install pillow

Came across this issue while working on Caffe2 on Windows 10 (Anaconda 4.5) and this worked for me. Here’s the github post on this issue.

Answered By: rakidedigama

Answer #4:

This problem is also fixed by upgrading Python to 3.6.1, per this GitHub discussion.

The difference is that Pillow 4.1.0 was built with Python 3.6.1 while Pillow 4.0.0 was built with Python 3.6.0.

Apparently PYTHON36.DLL from Python 3.6.0 is missing functions (PySlice_AdjustIndices and PySlice_Unpack) that are used when building with Python 3.6.1.

The solution is to upgrade to Python 3.6.1.

Answered By: Joseph Montanaro

Answer #5:

There’s a problem in Python itself which means binary wheels build using Python 3.6.1 (like Pillow 4.1.0) won’t install on Python 3.6.0.

This has affected a number of Python libraries.

However, there’s the new Pillow 4.1.1 release works around this, so you can now update to Pillow 4.1.1 and use it with both Python 3.6.0 and 3.6.1.

More info:

Answered By: Hugo

Answer #6:

I had the same problem with anaconda 5.0.1, using it with caffe on windows 10. i just did

conda install PIL

it worked for me.

Answered By: Khan

Answer #7:

This works for me using win10 and py 3.6.
Simply uninstall Pillow 4.1.0
pip3 uninstall Pillow
Then install Pillow 4.0.0
pip3 install Pillow==4.0.0

Answered By: dsixnine

Answer #8:

Seems like some issue is there with tensorflow 1.12.0 +Python 3.6.0 + win10

Working fine with conda tensorflow.

below steps worked for me for pip tensorflow.

uninstall tensorflow
replace your python version with 3.6.1
install latest version of tensorflow(1.13.0)

For installing Tensorflow follow below link:-

Answered By: Rohit Gupta

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