1. Python Errors

modulenotfounderror no module named ‘channels’

The Python ModuleNotFoundError: No module named ‘channels occurs when we forget to install the channels module before importing it or installed it in an incorrect environment. To solve the error, install the module by running the pip install channels command.

Open your terminal in your project’s root directory and install the channels module.

# 👇️ in a virtual environment or using Python 2
pip install channels

# 👇️ for python 3 (could also be pip3.10 depending on your version)
pip3 install channels

# 👇️ if you get permissions error
sudo pip3 install channels

# 👇️ if you don’t have pip in your PATH environment variable
python -m pip install channels

# 👇️ for python 3 (could also be pip3.10 depending on your version)
python3 -m pip install channels

# 👇️ for Anaconda
conda install -c conda-forge channels

The Python error “ModuleNotFoundError: No module named channels” occurs for multiple reasons:

  1. Not having the channels package installed by running pip install channels.
  2. Installing the package in a different Python version than the one you’re using.
  3. Installing the package globally and not in your virtual environment.
  4. Your IDE running an incorrect version of Python.
  5. Naming your module channels.py which would shadow the official module.
  6. Declaring a variable named channels which would shadow the imported variable.

If the error persists, get your Python version and make sure you are installing the package using the correct Python version.

# 👇️ Checking version of python
python –version

For example, my Python version is 3.10.4

So I would install the channels package with pip3.10 install channels

pip3.10 install channels

# 👇️ if you get permissions error use pip3 (NOT pip3.X)
sudo pip3 install channels

Notice that the version number corresponds to the version of pip I’m using.

If the PATH for pip is not set up on your machine, replace pip with python3 -m pip.

# 👇️ make sure to use your version of Python, e.g. 3.10
python3 -m pip install channels

If the “No module named channels” error persists, try restarting your IDE and development server / script.

You can check if you have the channels package installed by running the pip show channels command.

# 👇️ check if you have channels installed
pip3 show channels

# 👇️ if you don’t have pip setup in PATH
python3 -m pip show channels

The pip show channels command will either state that the package is not installed or show a bunch of information about the package, including the location where the package is installed.

If the package is not installed, make sure your IDE is using the correct version of Python.

If you are using a virtual environment, make sure you are installing channels in your virtual environment and not globally.

You can try creating a virtual environment if you don’t already have one.

# 👇️ use correct version of Python when creating VENV
python3 -m venv venv

# 👇️ activate on Unix or MacOS
source venv/bin/activate

# 👇️ activate on Windows (cmd.exe)
venv\Scripts\activate.bat

# 👇️ activate on Windows (PowerShell)
venv\Scripts\Activate.ps1

# 👇️ install channels in virtual environment
pip install channels

Your virtual environment will use the version of Python that was used to create it.

If the error persists, make sure you haven’t named a module in your project as channels.py because that would shadow the original channels module.

You also shouldn’t be declaring a variable named channels as that would also shadow the original module.

If the error is not resolved, try to uninstall the channels package and then install it.

# 👇️ check if you have channels installed
pip3 show channels

# 👇️ if you don’t have pip set up in PATH
python3 -m pip show channels

# 👇️ uninstall channels
pip3 uninstall channels

# 👇️ if you don’t have pip set up in PATH
python3 -m pip uninstall channels

# 👇️ install channels
pip3 install channels

# 👇️ if you don’t have pip set up in PATH
python3 -m pip install channels

Try restarting your IDE and development server/script.

You can also try to upgrade the version of the channels package.

pip3 install channels –upgrade

# 👇️ if you don’t have pip set up in PATH
python3 -m pip install channels –upgrade

Conclusion

The Python “ModuleNotFoundError: No module named channels” occurs when we forget to install the channels module before importing it or install it in an incorrect environment. To solve the error, install the module by running the pip install channels command.

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