ImportError: No module named 'pygame'

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I have installed python 3.3.2 and pygame 1.9.2a0. Whenever I try to import pygame by typing:

import pygame

I get following error message :

Python 3.3.2 (v3.3.2:d047928ae3f6, May 16 2013, 00:03:43) [MSC v.1600 32 bit (Intel)] on win32
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>>> import pygame
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<pyshell#0>", line 1, in <module>
    import pygame
ImportError: No module named 'pygame'

I went through some of the questions related to this error but none of the solution helped. I have 64 bit machine with Win7 OS

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The error indicates that the Python interpreter cannot find the pygame module. There could be several reasons for this.

1. Pygame is not installed correctly

  • Ensure that you have downloaded and installed the pygame package for Python 3. Ensure you have extracted the package and placed the pygame folder in a location where the Python interpreter can find it (e.g., in your site-packages folder).

2. The pygame module is not properly installed

  • Ensure that you have downloaded and installed the pygame package for your specific version of Python.
  • Check if you have multiple versions of Python installed on your system and make sure you are using the correct one when running the Python interpreter.

3. Pygame is not installed for your system

  • Make sure that you have installed the pygame package for your system architecture.
  • For 64-bit machines, this would mean installing the pygame-win32 package instead of pygame.

4. Other issues:

  • Ensure that there are no other processes or programs using the same module name as pygame (e.g., if you are using Pygame in a virtual environment and there is another program using the same name).
  • Verify that your PYTHONPATH variable is correctly set to include the directory where the pygame module is installed.

5. Restart your Python interpreter

  • Sometimes, restarting the Python interpreter can resolve the issue if it was installed incorrectly or if there are any caching issues.

Additional tips:

  • Try using a virtual environment to ensure that all dependencies are installed correctly.
  • Check the pygame documentation for more information about installation and compatibility.
  • If you are still having issues, search online for solutions to similar problems or consult the pygame support forums.

By following these steps and checking the cause of the error, you should be able to successfully import the pygame module and use it in your Python scripts.

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Grade: A


The error "ImportError: No module named 'pygame'" occurs because Python is unable to locate the pygame module on your system. Pygame is a popular library for creating 2D games in Python, and it requires additional libraries to be installed.


1. Ensure Pygame is installed:

  • Check if pygame is installed by running the command: pip list
  • If pygame is not installed, install it using: pip install pygame

2. Verify Python version:

  • Pygame is compatible with Python 3.3.2, but it's recommended to use Python 3.5 or later versions.
  • If you have multiple versions of Python installed, make sure you are using the correct version.

3. Check environment variables:

  • Pygame may require certain environment variables to be set correctly.
  • Check if the following variables are defined:
    • PATH

4. Try a different interpreter:

  • If you're using the integrated Python interpreter in your IDE, try using a command-line interpreter instead.

5. Check system compatibility:

  • Pygame may not be compatible with all systems. Make sure you're using a supported operating system.

Additional Tips:

  • Ensure that you have the latest version of Pygame installed.
  • If you're using a virtual environment, make sure pygame is installed within the environment.
  • If you're experiencing issues, consider searching for specific solutions on the Pygame documentation or online forums.


  • The specific version of Pygame you have installed (1.9.2a0) is quite outdated. It's recommended to use the latest version available (2.0.1).
  • Make sure the installation process was successful and the library is accessible to Python.
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Grade: A

It seems like Python is unable to locate the pygame module. Here are a few steps you can take to troubleshoot this issue:

  1. Check if pygame is installed correctly by running the following command in your terminal or command prompt:
pip show pygame

This should display information about the pygame module if it is installed correctly.

  1. If pygame is not installed, you can install it using pip by running the following command:
pip install pygame
  1. If pygame is installed but Python is still unable to locate it, it is possible that Python is looking in the wrong place for modules. You can check the Python module search path by running the following command:
import sys

This will print out a list of directories where Python is looking for modules. You can check if the pygame module is located in one of these directories.

  1. If the pygame module is not located in one of the directories in the module search path, you can add the directory containing the pygame module to the module search path by modifying the PYTHONPATH environment variable or by modifying the sys.path list in your script.

Here is an example of how to modify the sys.path list in your script:

import sys
import pygame

I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other questions.

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Grade: B

It seems that you are encountering an import error while trying to import the 'pygame' module in your Python interpreter. This issue is often caused by the fact that the module is not properly installed or it is not compatible with your operating system and/or Python version.

Based on the information provided, I would suggest that you try the following steps to resolve the issue:

  1. Make sure that you have installed pygame correctly. You can check if it has been installed by running the command "pip3 list" in your terminal/command prompt and checking if the package 'pygame' is listed among the installed packages. If not, you can install it using the command "pip3 install pygame".
  2. Make sure that your Python installation and pygame installation are compatible with each other. The recommended version of pygame for Python 3.3.2 is 1.9.2a0, so you should ensure that you have installed the correct version of pygame.
  3. Try running your code in a different Python interpreter. Sometimes, different interpreters may not work properly together due to compatibility issues, and trying out your code in a different interpreter may help resolve the issue.
  4. If none of the above steps work, try checking the installation folder of your Python interpreter to see if the 'pygame' module is present. If it is not present, you can reinstall pygame using the command "pip3 install pygame" and ensure that the installation is successful.

I hope these suggestions help you resolve the issue and get started with programming games in Python using pygame.

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Grade: B

The error you're seeing implies that Python couldn't find the 'pygame' module in any of the directories listed in your PYTHONPATH environment variable.

To diagnose this, follow these steps:

  1. Open your Command Prompt (CMD), and run python -m site command to display the paths that Python is looking for modules. This should include both site-packages directories where Python searches for third party packages, but it also includes locations like C:\Python33\Lib\site-packages that you mentioned in your error message.

  2. Look at these directories and confirm if there's a folder named 'pygame'. The name is case sensitive so ensure the capitalization matches. Also make sure no other Pygame versions are installed. You may have multiple installations of pygame on your system, causing confusion.

If you can't find it:

  1. If the above steps still lead to trouble or 'pygame' package is not present, then uninstall pygame from Python using pip by running pip uninstall pygame in cmd and try reinstalling again with pip install pygame. This will make sure all files are correctly installed to their correct directories.

  2. If you still get the error after above steps, there might be problem with your PYTHONPATH variable or it could not recognize Python 3.3's site-packages directory. Try setting your path again in System Variable section of Environment Variables by adding ;C:\Python33\Lib\site-packages to the existing PATH variables, then restart cmd and try importing pygame again.

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  1. Open your command prompt or terminal.
  2. Type pip install pygame and press Enter. This will install the Pygame library.
  3. Try importing Pygame again in your Python script. It should now work without any errors.
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Grade: B

The most likely reason for this error is that you have not installed pygame correctly. To install pygame, you need to download the pygame package from the pygame website and then run the following command in your terminal:

python install

This will install pygame into your Python installation. Once you have installed pygame, you should be able to import it without any problems.

If you are still getting the error after installing pygame, then there may be a problem with your Python installation. You can try reinstalling Python and then trying to install pygame again.

Another possible reason for this error is that you are using a different version of Python than the one that pygame was installed for. Make sure that you are using the same version of Python that you used to install pygame.

Finally, make sure that the pygame module is in your Python path. The Python path is a list of directories that Python will search for modules when you try to import them. You can add directories to your Python path by using the sys.path.append() function. For example, if you have installed pygame in the directory /usr/local/lib/python3.3/site-packages/, then you can add this directory to your Python path by running the following command:

import sys

Once you have added the pygame directory to your Python path, you should be able to import pygame without any problems.

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Grade: B

I'm here to help you with your ImportError related to the Pygame module not being found. In your case, it seems that despite having installed Python 3.3.2 and pygame version 1.9.2a0, you're still encountering the error. Here are some steps you can take to try and resolve this issue:

  1. Check the installation of Pygame: First, ensure that pygame has been correctly installed in your system's Python installation, which is currently Python 3.3.2. You mentioned installing it, but let's double-check to make sure it's indeed there. Go to "Control Panel" -> "Programs" -> "Python (x.x.x)" (Replace "x.x.x" with your actual version number). Under the "Options" tab, select "Add Python x.x to PATH". Then open a new Command Prompt window and type: python --version and pip --version. Make sure they return your desired Python version and pip version (18.2 or greater).

  2. Reinstall Pygame using pip: You can reinstall the pygame module by utilizing pip. Open a new command prompt window, activate the Python environment if necessary (activate C:\Python33 if you're on a 32-bit system), and run this command to install pygame: pip install pygame.

  3. Check the Pygame installation location: Sometimes Pygame doesn't get added to the correct place or it gets added to an incorrect Python version. To check your current Python path, use sys.path in python REPL(Interactive shell):

import sys

If you don't find Pygame there, then try appending its path manually or reinstall it with pip using the correct python version.

  1. Configure environment variables: Another possibility is that the operating system doesn't know about your Python installation and pygame. You can set environment variables to make Python aware of where to find Pygame. To check whether this is an issue, look for these environment variables in your system's settings: PYTHONPATH and PATH. Make sure they contain the correct paths.

  2. Alternative approach - Virtualenv: You might try creating a new virtual environment and installing pygame within it. This helps isolate your python installation from other projects, ensuring that there is no conflict in package versions. Use the following command to create a new environment named "my_new_env": python3 -m venv my_new_env; activate the environment with: source my_new_env\Scripts\activate on Windows or: source my_new_env/bin/activate for Linux/MacOS. Inside this new environment, you can install pygame using pip (Step 2 above).

These steps should help you resolve the ImportError issue and let you successfully import the Pygame module into your Python environment. Happy coding!

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Hi User, I'd be happy to help you out. The error you're encountering suggests that you either didn't install pygame or installed it in an incompatible version. Can you try updating pygame using the following command?

pip3 install --upgrade pygame 

This will update the installation of the library to its latest version.

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The error message you're seeing suggests thatpygame module does not seem to be installed correctly.

To solve this issue:

  1. Ensure that you have properly downloaded the pygame library. You can find it here:

  2. Once you have downloaded the pygame library, extract the contents of the zip file into a specific directory on your computer. For example, if you extracted the contents of the zip file to a directory named "pygame_files", you would make sure that the files are accessible from anywhere in your computer.

  3. After extracting the contents of the zip file to a specific directory on your computer, you need to add the path to the pygame library in the Python environment where you want to use it. You can do this by going to the "Path" or "Environment Variables" section of your computer's settings, and adding the path to the pygame library to that section.

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go to python/scripts folder, open a command window to this path, type the following:

C:\python34\scripts> python -m pip install pygame

To test it, open python IDE and type

import pygame

print (pygame.ver)

It worked for me...