No module named 'google.cloud' in Python

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Borislav Hadzhiev

Last updated: Apr 18, 2022

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No module named 'google.cloud' in Python #

To solve the Python "ModuleNotFoundError: No module named 'google.cloud'" error, install the specific google cloud module that you are importing, e.g. pip install google-cloud-speech if importing speech or pip install google-cloud-storage if importing storage.

no module named google cloud

Open your terminal in your project's root directory and install the specific google cloud module that you are importing module.

shell
# 👇️ installs speech pip install google-cloud-speech # 👇️ installs storage pip install google-cloud-storage # 👇️ installs bigquery pip install google-cloud-bigquery # 👇️ installs texttospeech pip install google-cloud-texttospeech

The modules are consistently named google-cloud-* where the asterisk is the name of the module you are importing.

You have to adjust the pip install command depending on the module you are importing.

You can also google for "pypi google speech" and see the command that you have to run to install the module.

For example after installing google-cloud-speech I can import it as follows:

main.py
from google.cloud import speech print(dir(speech))

If you are outside of a virtual environment, you might have to use pip3 instead of pip.

shell
# 👇️ installs storage pip3 install google-cloud-storage # 👇️ if you get permissions error sudo pip3 install google-cloud-storage

If you don't have pip in your PATH environment variable, you can replace pip with python -m pip.

shell
# 👇️ if you don't have pip in your PATH environment variable python -m pip install google-cloud-speech # 👇️ for python 3 (could also be pip3.10 depending on your version) python3 -m pip install google-cloud-speech

Make sure to adjust the command if you aren't using the speech module.

The Python error "ModuleNotFoundError: No module named 'google.cloud'" occurs for multiple reasons:

  1. Not having the specific google cloud package installed.
  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.

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

shell
python --version

get python version

For example, my Python version is 3.10.4, so I would install the google-cloud-storage package with pip3.10 install google-cloud-storage.

shell
pip3.10 install google-cloud-storage # 👇️ if you get permissions error use pip3 (NOT pip3.X) sudo pip3 install google-cloud-storage

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:

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

If the "No module named 'google.cloud'" error persists, try restarting your IDE and development server/script.

You can check if you have the specific google cloud package installed by running the pip show X command.

shell
# 👇️ check if you have google-cloud-storage installed pip3 show google-cloud-storage # 👇️ if you don't have pip set up in PATH python3 -m pip show google-cloud-storage

The pip show google-cloud-storage 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 have multiple Python versions installed on your machine, you might have installed the google-cloud-* package using the incorrect version or your IDE might be set up to use a different version.

For example, In VSCode, you can press CTRL + Shift + P or ( + Shift + P on Mac) to open the command palette.

Then type "Python select interpreter" in the field.

python select interpreter

Then select the correct python version from the dropdown menu.

select correct python version

Your IDE should be using the same version of Python (including the virtual environment) that you are using to install packages from your terminal.

If you are using a virtual environment, make sure you are installing the google cloud module in your virtual environment and not globally.

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

shell
# 👇️ 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 google-cloud-bigquery in virtual environment pip install google-cloud-bigquery

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

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

shell
# 👇️ check if you have google-cloud-speech installed pip3 show google-cloud-speech # 👇️ if you don't have pip set up in PATH python3 -m pip show google-cloud-speech # 👇️ uninstall google-cloud-speech pip3 uninstall google-cloud-speech # 👇️ if you don't have pip set up in PATH python3 -m pip uninstall google-cloud-speech # 👇️ install google-cloud-speech pip3 install google-cloud-speech # 👇️ if you don't have pip set up in PATH python3 -m pip install google-cloud-speech

Try restarting your IDE and development server/script.

You can also try to upgrade the version of the specific module.

shell
pip3 install google-cloud-speech --upgrade # 👇️ if you don't have pip set up in PATH python3 -m pip install google-cloud-speech --upgrade
If the error persists, I would suggest watching a quick video on how to use Virtual environments in Python.

This one is for using virtual environments (VENV) on Windows:

This one is for using virtual environments (VENV) on MacOS and Linux:

Conclusion #

To solve the Python "ModuleNotFoundError: No module named 'google.cloud'" error, install the specific google cloud module that you are importing, e.g. pip install google-cloud-speech if importing speech or pip install google-cloud-storage if importing storage.

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