Anirudh Anirudh - 2 months ago 27x
Python Question

Unable to properly install or load Tensorflow on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS with resultant ImportError

I attempted the Anaconda installation for TensorFlow on my Ubuntu 12.04 LTS system, which went through, but while importing the library in Python, I came across an ImportError shown below.

I went through a solution given for a similar thread, but it didn't work for me.

Basically here's what I did for the installation:

$ conda create -n tensorflow python=2.7
$ source activate tensorflow
(tensorflow)$ conda install -c conda-forge tensorflow
(tensorflow)$ source deactivate
$ source activate tensorflow

Then from within the virtualenv I loaded Python, and tried to import tensorflow. What I got was the following error:

>>> import tensorflow
Traceback (most recent call last):
File "<stdin>", line 1, in <module>
File "/home/anirudh/anaconda/envs/tensorflow/lib/python2.7/site-packages/tensorflow/", line 23, in <module>
from tensorflow.python import *
File "/home/anirudh/anaconda/envs/tensorflow/lib/python2.7/site-packages/tensorflow/python/", line 48, in <module>
from tensorflow.python import pywrap_tensorflow
File "/home/anirudh/anaconda/envs/tensorflow/lib/python2.7/site-packages/tensorflow/python/", line 28, in <module>
_pywrap_tensorflow = swig_import_helper()
File "/home/anirudh/anaconda/envs/tensorflow/lib/python2.7/site-packages/tensorflow/python/", line 24, in swig_import_helper
_mod = imp.load_module('_pywrap_tensorflow', fp, pathname, description)
ImportError: /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ version `GLIBCXX_3.4.19' not found (required by /home/anirudh/anaconda/envs/tensorflow/lib/python2.7/site-packages/tensorflow/python/

How do I sort this?


You need to install libstdc++6 with some dependencies like gcc an g++, at least gcc-4.6 version:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-toolchain-r/test
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gcc-4.9 g++-4.9
sudo apt-get install libstdc++6

Or you can install linux-headers and build-essential witch contains some useful tools like gcc compiler, make .... tools for compiling and building software from source.