Python can't find local files/modules

Posted January 2, 2020 37.8k views

I’m setting up a Flask application on Digitalocean and have Python 3.7 installed and the latest version of Flask. When running the app inside a virtualenv and trying to run the application using python3.7 I get the following error message:

Traceback (most recent call last):
    File "", line 11, in <module>
        from config import *
ModuleNotFoundError: No module named 'config'

What puzzles me is that is located in the same folder as, and not in a subfolder. I have duplicated the setup on my local machine, also running Python 3.7 and inside a virtualenv, and the importing (and the app) works flawlessly.

I’ve tried importing “” instead of just “config” but didn’t make a difference. I also tried specifying exactly what it should import (instead of using ’*’) but that didn’t make a difference either.

Your thoughts on why it can’t find config?

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2 answers


What I could suggest here is trying to install the module first:

pip3 install config

Then run it again and see how it goes.

Hope that this helps!

  • Bobby,

    Not sure you had a chance to read my original message, but config is not an installable module - it’s a local .py file located in the same folder

    • Hi @productionmanager,

      Thank you for the clarification.

      In this case, what I could suggest is to add the config module directory path to the environment variable, so it would look something like this:

      import sys
      import config

      Hope that this helps!

    • If your and is on the same path (Inside “app”), then move the outside “app”. Once done, do run the application again using the following command.
      $ python
      $ flask run

If your file and file on the same path, move file outside of the path and place the same in root.

for example if both are in “APP” directory, move the and place it inside the root director of “APP” directory