Solving ModuleNotFoundError: No module named 'requests' in VS Code with Anaconda Interpreter

Python is a versatile language with a vast ecosystem of libraries and modules. However, it’s not uncommon to encounter errors when importing these modules, especially when working in a complex environment like VS Code with the Anaconda interpreter. One such common error is ModuleNotFoundError: No module named ‘requests’. In this blog post, we’ll walk you through the steps to resolve this issue.

Understanding the Error

Before we dive into the solution, let’s understand the error. The ModuleNotFoundError: No module named 'requests' error occurs when Python can’t find the requests module in your current environment. This could be due to several reasons:

  1. The requests module is not installed in your current Python environment.
  2. Your Python interpreter is not correctly set in VS Code.
  3. There’s a conflict between Python environments if you have multiple ones installed.

Step 1: Verify the Installation of the ‘requests’ Module

The first step is to check whether the requests module is installed in your current Python environment. Open your terminal or command prompt and type the following command:

conda list requests

If the requests module is installed, you should see it listed with its version number. If it’s not installed, you can install it using the following command:

conda install requests

Step 2: Set the Correct Python Interpreter in VS Code

If the requests module is installed but you’re still getting the error, the issue might be with the Python interpreter set in VS Code. To check the current interpreter, follow these steps:

  1. Open VS Code.
  2. Open the Command Paletter (Ctrl+Shift+P) and choose Python: Select Interpreter
  3. A list of available Python interpreters will appear. Make sure to select the one associated with your Anaconda environment.

If you don’t see your Anaconda environment, you might need to add it manually. You can do this by clicking on the + sign and adding the path to your Anaconda Python interpreter.

Step 3: Resolve Environment Conflicts

If you have multiple Python environments installed, there might be conflicts causing the error. To resolve this, you need to create a new Anaconda environment and install the requests module in it. Here’s how to do it:

conda create --name myenv
conda activate myenv
conda install requests

After creating and activating the new environment, don’t forget to set it as your Python interpreter in VS Code.


In this blog post, we’ve covered how to resolve the ModuleNotFoundError: No module named 'requests' error in VS Code with the Anaconda interpreter. We’ve discussed how to verify the installation of the requests module, set the correct Python interpreter in VS Code, and resolve environment conflicts. By following these steps, you should be able to import the requests module without any issues.

Remember, Python’s ecosystem is vast and complex, and it’s normal to encounter errors. The key is to understand the error and know how to troubleshoot it. Happy coding!

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