Error: No module named psycopg2.extensions

I am trying to set up a PostgreSQL database for my django project, which I believe I have done now thanks to the replies to my last question Problems setting up a postgreSQL database for a django project. I am now trying to run the command 'python runserver' in Terminal to get my localhost up but when I run the command, I see this response...

Error: No module named psycopg2.extensions

I'm not sure what this means - I have tried to download psycopg2 but can't seem to find a way to download psycopg2 using homebrew. I have tried easy_install, pip install and sudo but all return errors like this...

Processing psycopg2-2.4.5.tar.gz
Writing /tmp/easy_install-l7Qi62/psycopg2-2.4.5/setup.cfg
Running psycopg2-2.4.5/ -q bdist_egg --dist-dir /tmp/easy_install-l7Qi62/psycopg2-2.4.5/egg-dist-tmp-PBP5Ds
no previously-included directories found matching 'doc/src/_build'
unable to execute gcc-4.0: No such file or directory
error: Setup script exited with error: command 'gcc-4.0' failed with exit status 1

How to fix this?


The first thing to do is to install the dependencies.

sudo apt-get build-dep python-psycopg2

After that go inside your virtualenv and use

pip install psycopg2-binary

These two commands should solve the problem.

pip install psycopg2-binary

The psycopg2 wheel package will be renamed from release 2.8; in order to keep installing from binary please use "pip install psycopg2-binary" instead. For details see:

first install apt-get install python-setuptools

then try easy_install psycopg2

I installed it successfully using these commands:

sudo apt-get install libpq-dev python-dev
pip install psycopg2

This is what helped me on Ubuntu if your python installed from Ubuntu installer. I did this after unsuccessfully trying 'apt-get install' and 'pip install':

In terminal:

sudo synaptic

then in synaptic searchfield write




mark it for installation using mouse right-click and push 'apply'. Of course, if you don't have installed synaptic, then first do:

sudo apt-get install synaptic

For Django 2 and python 3 install psycopg2 using pip3 :

pip3 install psycopg2

In python 3.4, while in a virtual environment, make sure you have the build dependencies first:

sudo apt-get build-dep python3-psycopg2

Then install it:

pip install psycopg2 

I used the extension after only importing psycopg2:

import psycopg2



It seems that you need gcc-4.0, and it would be helpful to specify your OS type and version.

Maybe this question will help you a bit: Installing GCC to Mac OS X Leopard without installing Xcode


I'm a Windows user, so I can't test your setup, but a quick google pointed to some more links:

I encountered the No module named psycopg2.extensions error when trying to run pip2 install psycopg2 on a Mac running Mavericks (10.9). I don't think my stack trace included a message about gcc, and it also included a hint:

Error: pg_config executable not found.

Please add the directory containing pg_config to the PATH
or specify the full executable path with the option:

    python build_ext --pg-config /path/to/pg_config build ...

or with the pg_config option in 'setup.cfg'.

I looked for the pg_config file in my Postgres install and added the folder containing it to my path: /Applications/ Your path may be different, especially if you have a different version of Postgres installed - I would just poke around until you find the bin/ folder. After doing this, the installation worked.

try this: sudo pip install -i psycopg2==2.7b2 .. this is especially helpful if you're running into egg error

on aws ec2 instances if you run into gcc error; try this 1. sudo yum install gcc python-setuptools python-devel postgresql-devel 2. sudo su - 3. sudo pip install psycopg2

you can install gcc for macos from after instalation of gcc you'll be able to install psycopg with easy_install or with pip

Check if you have installed psycopg2 if not

sudo apt-get install psycopg2

Install the dependencies.

sudo apt-get build-dep python-psycopg2

These two commands should solve the problem.

On Alpine Linux (majority of the docker containers) do:

apk add postgresql-dev


pip install psycopg2-binary

For macOS Mojave just run pip install psycopg2-binary. Works fine for me, python version -> Python 3.7.2

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