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MySQL python inside of virtualenv with django

06 Oct 2011

After hours of trying to install MySQLdb in a virtualenv for a django app I am working on, I have finally worked out how to get it done. I was using the normal

pip install MySQL-python

command inside of my environment and this didn't work, I did multiple google searches and checked all over the internet and to no avail.

I then realized that somehow something on my system was corrupt and not allowing me to install MySQLdb, I did a search for it on my system with a simple grep command. I found it was already installed globally on my system but not in the usual


directory but in


It was originally installed with apt-get rather than python setuptools. What I then did was to create a file in my virtualenv site-packages directory called mysql.pth and in that directory I pointed to the location where MySQLdb was installed.

And that solved my issue, I am still checking to find the real reason why pip install doesn't seem to work installing any packages that needs compiling in my virtual environments.

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