Need to verify whether it is installed or not before the program can run.

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    Just run the pip install. If it's already installed, it won't install it again. – jordanm Oct 10 '15 at 17:34
  • Thnk you jordanm, but i need to check and give a o/p then testing. – hubatrix Oct 10 '15 at 17:38

Type in the shell: pydoc modules .
This will list modules and you can grep the module which you want.
Found on stackoverflow here

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You should use pip's list command with grep, that only lists installed packages (not all modules and their neighbours as well):

pip list | grep -F package_name

If package_name matches multiple installed packages e.g. searching for boto when botocore is also installed, then using -w instead of -F can help, as @TaraPrasadGurung suggests. This doesn't list the exact package, as -w sees characters common in package names as word boundaries. So if you you have requests and requests-cache installed or ruamel.yaml and ruamel.yaml.cmd` and need exactly one line of output you need to do something like:

pip list --disable-pip-version-check | grep -E "^ruamel\.yaml "

Please note that since . matches any character when using -E, you need to escape it.¹

¹ And yes that is necessary as there is a package ruamel_yaml. Not every package manager is pip compatible when dealing with namespace packages.

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  • The problem with this is if the package name boto and botocore is installed it will list both of them. So the better solution will be to use -w flag instead of -F to list the exact package – Tara Prasad Gurung Feb 24 '19 at 6:58
  • @TaraPrasadGurung Although that can help reduce the output somewhat it doesn't help to get the exact package as you claim. E.g. the dot and dash are taken by -w as word boundaries and are common in package names. I get multiple matches when I use your suggestion using grep -w ruamel.yaml or grep -w request – Anthon Feb 24 '19 at 7:29
  • pip list | grep -F mxnet-cu101 prints mxnet-cu101 1.5.0, but not exactly where it is installed. any idea how to get the installed path? ` – Anu Jul 26 '19 at 3:03
  • @any Yes, I have a good idea on how to retrieve where a Python package is installed given I know its name. You should post a question on this site and ping me here for my attention when you do, as I don't follow newly posted questions on U&L. – Anthon Jul 26 '19 at 6:49

If the package doesn't do something crazy or time consuming on import you can try actually importing it:

if python -c "import package_name" &> /dev/null; then
    echo 'all good'
    echo 'uh oh'
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I have found existing answers incomplete and lacking good enough examples. Here is the solution I have settled on:

# an example checking if the pandas package is installed
if python -c 'import pkgutil; exit(not pkgutil.find_loader("pandas"))'; then
    echo 'pandas found'
    echo 'pandas not found'

A Github gist of this example can be found here: https://gist.github.com/shaypal5/d505af9953cd86f59c750fa600ee4ba6

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  • this looks really similar to an existing answer – Jeff Schaller Jul 21 '18 at 17:13
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    The bash code is similar, the Python code is different, which makes quite a difference. I have read all existing answers before choosing to add my own, and the specific answer you linked to did not work for me. Thus, I find it relevant and valuable to add my answer here. :) – ShayPal5 Jul 22 '18 at 8:18

You can also use something like this in your scripts.

python -c "import sys, pkgutil; sys.exit(0 if pkgutil.find_loader('$Package') else 1)"

What you'd get when a package is not installed.

python3 -c "import sys, pkgutil; sys.exit(0 if pkgutil.find_loader('$Package') else 1)"
echo $?

What you'd get when a package is installed.

python3 -c "import sys, pkgutil; sys.exit(0 if pkgutil.find_loader('$Package') else 1)"
echo $?

Works in python2 and python3, and then you install based on the exit code.

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I used a slightly stricter version of Anthon's answer, for use in a script:

pip3 list |
    grep -v "^Package *Version$" | grep -v "^-*$" |
    cut -d ' ' -f 1 |
    grep -xF "$package_name"

The first two greps are intended to strip the header lines from pip3's output.

The cut then selects only the package names (discarding the version numbers).

Then the final grep can perform an exact search for the relevant $package_name

If the package is found, it will display the package name, and return with exit code 0. If you don't want to see the package name, end the command with >/dev/null

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in a Python shell/prompt. :

>>> help('modules')
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Tested with pip3:

$> pip3 show MODULENAME

The exit-code ($?) would be "0" in case the module is installed, else "1".

Grepping has the problem of "false positives": The output of a

pip list | grep NAME

would match on any module which name contains "NAME", e.g. also match "some_other_NAME".


pip3 show MODULENAME

only matches on complete matches.

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