1. Python Errors

modulenotfounderror no module named ‘twilio’

Talking about Twilio Python Module its a web application programming interface (API) which can be used by software developers to add communications features like phone calling, messaging, video and two-factor authentication into their Python applications.

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

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

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

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

# 👇️ if you get permissions error
sudo pip3 install twilio

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

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

# 👇️ for Anaconda
conda install -c conda-forge twilio
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The Python error “ModuleNotFoundError: No module named twilio” occurs for multiple reasons:

  1. Not having the twilio package installed by running pip install twilio.
  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 twilio.py which would shadow the official module.
  6. Declaring a variable named twilio 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 twilio package with pip3.10 install twilio

pip3.10 install twilio

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

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 twilio

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

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

# 👇️ check if you have twilio installed
pip3 show twilio

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

The pip show twilio 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 twilio 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 twilio in virtual environment
pip install twilio

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 twilio.py because that would shadow the original twilio module.

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

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

# 👇️ check if you have twilio installed
pip3 show twilio

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

# 👇️ uninstall twilio
pip3 uninstall twilio

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

# 👇️ install twilio
pip3 install twilio

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

Try restarting your IDE and development server/script.

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

pip3 install twilio –upgrade

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

Conclusion

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

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