While installing python packages using a command prompt user usually find themselves with a problem known as “Pip is not recognized” error. Users have reported seeing this error even after they install the python distribution, and fixing the python added to the variable. It is not OS specific error as users have reported having this error on Windows 7, 8 and even Windows 10.
What is PIP?
Pip stands for “Pip installs Packages” it is a package management system which is used to install and manage the software files or packages that are written in Python language. Usually, users use PiP to install the python packages found in the Python Package index on the windows.
The causes behind No module named pip found
After investigating this issue using our own systems and reports from the users who are facing the Pip issue or no module named found. From what we have got there could be many occasions where this error can be triggered and this message to be displayed:
Pip Installation is not added to the system variable
You need to add the path of the pip installation to your path in the system variable when running commands from a CMD window. If you do not add the path to the pip you will face the no module named pip found error. If you have install PIP python using the installation wizard then the install would add it automatically.
The installation path is added incorrectly
Messing up the path is easy if you are adding it manually, even an additional space, missing comma, or even a missing semicolon can give you the error as you will be redirecting it to another path rather than the pip path and you would face the no module named pip found error.
If you are still trying to fix the no module name pip error message that prevents you from not using the pip python command in the CMD, you should follow these methods in the article to get your error message fixed. Here are a few recommended fixed to help the affected users for no module. Follow the instructions to get the best results possible and fix your python pip, no module named pip found error.
Method #1: Check if the PIP is added to the PATH variable
Let’s start with what we know. If you are not aware of your PIP install whether it is or is it not added to your python path variable you can find it out easily by using a certain line of command using the command prompt. You will be in the right direction if you follow this step. This way you can skip the steps that are not necessary for you and fix the no module named found.
Here is a quick way to check if the PIP is added to the right Path variable:
- Using the Windows key + R press them bot at the same time to open up a Run dialog box. After opening the dialog box, type “cmd” and press Enter to open up Command Prompt.
- Inside the command prompt window, type echo %PATH% and press Enter to get a listing with all locations added to the PiP PATH variable.
- If you manage to find a path similar to C:\Python37\Scripts (this depends on your Python version), it means that the installation path is already added to your PATH variable.
If could not find the installation Pip path of python using the steps above, you should look at the other methods to fix your problem and add the pip to the required path in python.
Method #2: Using the Windows GUI to add the Pip to the path environment Variable
If the first method showed that the PIP install is not set to the path as same as the environment variable, and you just install the python distribution, now you need to get the pip path setup manually. Using the instructions below you can then easily able to use the PiP commands using a command prompt window. Here are a few steps that can help you get your pip path of python setup and no module named found.
- Using the combination of Windows key + R press them both to open up a Run dialog box. After opening, in the dialog box type “sysdm.cpl” and press Enter to open up the System Properties screen.
- Once inside the System Properties screen, get to the Advanced tab, then click on Environment Variables
- In the Environment Variables screen, go to System variables and click on Path to select it. Then when you select the Path selected, press the edit button.
- After opening the edit environment variable screen, press the new button on the window and add the path where the PiP install file is located. For Python version 3.4, the default location is C:\Python34\Scripts.
- Once the path is added, open a fresh CMD window and try to install a python package that comes with PiP.
- You should no longer see the “pip is not recognized as an internal or external command” error.
We also have quicker way for you to add the pip location in the python environment variable. Check this other method.
Method #3: Using CMD to add PiP to the path environment of python
There is a quicker way to add the pip path environment variable to python, that is using the command prompt window to find the no module named. It can save you a bit of time but it could be a bit confusing if you are not used to the command prompt commands.
Here is a quick way to fix the PiP to the path environment of Python:
- Press the combination of windows key + R to open up a Run dialog box. Then, type “cmd” and press Enter to open a Command Prompt window.
- In the Command Prompt window, run the following command to set the PIP install to the environment variable: “setx PATH “%PATH%;C:\Python37\Scripts”
- See if this method was successfully by running a Python install package (one that uses PIP) from the same CMD window.
Above are a few methods to fix the pip error, when you install Python using the install file on your Windows.