Flask ImportError: No Module Named Flask

I'm following the Flask tutorial here:


I get to the point where I try ./run.py and I get:

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "./run.py", line 3, in <module>
    from app import app
  File "/Users/benjaminclayman/Desktop/microblog/app/__init__.py", line 1, in <module>
    from flask import Flask
ImportError: No module named flask

This looks similar to:

ImportError: No module named flask

But their solutions aren't helpful. For reference, I do have a folder named flask which one user mentioned may cause issues.


try deleting the virtualenv you created. create a new virtualenv

virtualenv flask


cd flask

let's activate the virtualenv

source bin/activate

now you should see (flask) on the left of the command line. Let's install flask

pip install flask

Then create a file hello.py

from flask import Flask
app = Flask(__name__)

def hello():
    return "Hello World!"

if __name__ == "__main__":

and run it with

python hello.py

UPDATE Flask 1.0.2

With the new flask release there is no need to run the app from your script. hello.py should look like this now:

from flask import Flask
app = Flask(__name__)

def hello():
    return "Hello World!"

and run it with

FLASK_APP=hello.py flask run

make sure to be inside the folder where hello.py is when running the latest command.

All the steps before the creation of the hello.py apply for this case as well

For python 3 use

pip3 install flask

The only way I could solve was by adding my users python dir to myapp.wsgi file. As an example:


I guess that if you install the packages in the global enviroment, you should have no problem, but I had my python packages installed as user.

I had a similar problem with flasgger.

The reason for that was that I always use

sudo pip install flask

but for some reason that's not always the way to go. Sometimes, you have to do just

pip install flask

Another gotcha is that sometimes people type pip install Flask with the cap F

Posting this here in case somebody gets stuck. Let me know if it helped.

Useful Link: What is the difference between pip install and sudo pip install?

I was using python2 but installed this: sudo apt-get install libapache2-mod-wsgi-py3

Instead of: sudo apt-get install libapache2-mod-wsgi

Correcting the installation solved the no flask problem.

  1. Edit /etc/apache2/sites-available/FlaskApp.conf
  2. Add the following two lines before the "WSGIScriptAlias" line:

WSGIDaemonProcess FlaskApp python-home=/var/www/FlaskApp/FlaskApp/venv/FlaskApp WSGIProcessGroup FlaskApp

  1. Restart Apache:service apache2 restart

I'm following the Flask tutorial too.And I met the same problem.I found this way to fix it.


In my case the solution was as simple as starting up my virtual environment like so:

$ venv/scripts/activate

It turns out I am still fresh to Python :)

After activating the virtual environment and installing Flask, I created an app.py file. I run it like this : python -m flask run. Hope this will help!

Go to the flask file in microblog, then activate the virtual environment with source bin/activate, then go to flask/bin and install flask, and the rest of the packages, pip install flask. You will see flask listed inside bin directory. Try to run ./run.py again from microblog (or from wherever you have the file).

Even i too suggest u virtualenv, This might also solve ur problem.

sudo apt install python-flask

If u want to deploy in productionserver then go ahead with above solution else use virtualenv.

this is what worked for me,

sudo -H pip install flask

Or for pip3(python3) use :

sudo -H pip3 install flask


If you're using virtualenv it's a good idea to pip freeze >> requirements.txt to allow for the installed packages to be listed in one place. The sudo command and -H flag. For more on sudo's -H flag, look at Paul's answer. Hope this helps you.

enter your python interactive mode then:

import sys


it will print your path. Check wether flask is installed in the sys.path.

For MacOS, python path is under /opt/local/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.7/lib/python2.7/site-packages

But pip'll install python package by default under /Library/Python/2.7/site-packages

That's why it doesn't work for MacOS.

It worked for me after upgrading pip:

curl https://bootstrap.pypa.io/get-pip.py | python

Found that answer here: https://stackoverflow.com/a/49748494/3197202

Then I could just install flask:

pip install flask

This is what worked for me when I got a similar error in Windows; 1. Install virtualenv

pip install virtualenve
  1. Create a virtualenv

    virtualenv flask

  2. Navigate to Scripts and activate the virtualenv


  3. Install Flask

    python -m pip install flask

  4. Check if flask is installed

    python -m pip list

The flask script is nice to start a local development server, but you would have to restart it manually after each change to your code. That is not very nice and Flask can do better. If you enable debug support the server will reload itself on code changes, and it will also provide you with a helpful debugger if things go wrong. To enable debug mode you can export the FLASK_DEBUG environment variable before running the server: forexample your file is hello.py

$ export FLASK_APP=hello.py
$ export FLASK_DEBUG=1
$ flask run

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