Mario Härtwig Mario Härtwig - 6 months ago 23
Python Question

Unable to install Python and GDAL (DLL load failed)

I am trying to install GDAL and Python on my Windows 7 workstation.

  • Python-version: 2.6.6

  • Gdal 1.8

  • (Visual Visual C++ Studio 2010 Express)

I followed the instructions at and added PYTHONPATH and the GDAL_DATA to my systems environment variables. Furthermore I modified my PATH variable by adding the GDAL binaries folder.

The GDAL Python bindings I downloaded from:

"from osgeo import gdal" causes the following error-message:

Traceback (most recent call last):
File "<pyshell#2>", line 1, in <module>
from osgeo import gdal
File "C:\Python26\lib\site-packages\osgeo\", line 21, in <module>
_gdal = swig_import_helper()
File "C:\Python26\lib\site-packages\osgeo\", line 17, in swig_import_helper
_mod = imp.load_module('_gdal', fp, pathname, description)
ImportError: DLL load failed: Das angegebene Modul wurde nicht gefunden.

Thanks in advance,


To successfully load GDAL from python in Windows 7, I follow these steps, which should be quite generic:

  1. Install python of your choosing, I used v2.7.2 x64 downloaded from the official website
  2. Run python from command line to determine the compiler version used to build python (mine shows this message: Python 2.7.2 (default, Jun 12 2011, 14:24:46) [MSC v.1500 64 bit (AMD64)] on win32)
  3. Download the corresponding SDK from this link: Select the correct package for your python (if using the above configuration, then MSVC2008 x64 release link should be selected).
  4. From the subpage, download the following:
    • GDAL core components
    • Python bindings
  5. Install GDAL core components, add the installation dir to path, and add new environment variable 'GDAL_DATA' pointing to data subdirectory of GDAL installation.
  6. Install python bindings
  7. You should be profiting from them by now :)