opencv python osx

(Step 1)

I'm trying to get openCV to run from python on my mac using the MacPorts install, and also trying to follow The Petite Geek's guide:

sudo port -v install opencv +python26

It runs for about 10 minutes without errors.

(Step 2)

I download ctypes-opencv source and demo files. I navigate to the src directory and run:

sudo python install

I see like 50 lines almost all of the form: copying ... -> ..., which looks good to me. No errors here.

(Step 3)

I add export DYLD_FALLBACK_LIBRARY_PATH=/opt/local/lib to the end of my ~/.profile.

(Step 4)

I open a new terminal to test my install. From my home folder:

$ python

Python 2.6.2 (r262:71600, Apr 16 2009, 09:17:39) 
[GCC 4.0.1 (Apple Computer, Inc. build 5250)] on darwin
Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.
>>> import cv
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<stdin>", line 1, in <module>
ImportError: No module named cv

Does not work.

I read somewhere that opencv installs python bindings with the default version of python for OSX, and I am probably running a non-default version, but this is not actionable information to me.


I struggled for a while with Python on Mac. Here is how I finally (and easily!) installed it. Remove all the things Python you have on there already. They will probably be located at /Library/Frameworks/Python.Framework and /opt/local/var/macports/software/py26*

First download Python with Macports.

sudo port install python27

Then make sure your system is using this version with:

sudo port select --set python python27

Next install numpy with:

sudo port install py27-numpy

Now install opencv:

sudo port install opencv +python27

Now edit your ~/.bash_profile with:

sudo /Applications/ ~/.bash_profile


open -t ~/.bash_profile

and add the line:

export PYTHONPATH=/opt/local/var/macports/software/opencv/2.2.0_0+python27/opt/local/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.7/lib/python2.7/site-packages:$PYTHONPATH

or where ever your version of the file is hidden....

Now restart terminal and try:

>>>import cv

I'm using Netbeans for opencv and python and it works really nice. Good luck.

$ brew search opencv
$ brew install homebrew/science/opencv

after installed, there is warning:

==> Caveats If you need Python to find the installed site-packages:

mkdir -p ~/Library/Python/2.7/lib/python/site-packages

echo '/usr/local/lib/python2.7/site-packages' > ~/Library/Python/2.7/lib/python/site-packages/homebrew.pth

so, just do

  mkdir -p ~/Library/Python/2.7/lib/python/site-packages
  echo '/usr/local/lib/python2.7/site-packages' > ~/Library/Python/2.7/lib/python/site-packages/homebrew.pth

If you notice the first line output when running python, you'll see that you're still using the Apple-supplied Python interpreter. Try installing and using the python-select package in MacPorts and then try the instructions again starting from step 2.

Also make sure you followed all of the steps when installing MacPorts so that /usr/local/bin is on $PATH.

Another "hack" I found during my struggles using CMake (but maybe the problem is the same with ports) : it appears that the python modules location has been duplicated on my Mac OS Lion, for a reason I can't explain.

CMake wants to put the "cv" module here :


Whereas my default Python interpreter is looking here (thanks PyCharm for telling me) :


Moving both and files to the second location, did the trick for me. I don't know if this is the cleanest way.

Hope it can help some googlers !

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