I am unable to import the package bitcoinrpc.

I have installed it in python2 and python3 using python3 -m pip install python-bitcoinrpc/python -m pip install python-bitcoinrpc AND by cloning the repo and editing the python environment in setup.py to my python2 and 3 path. Which returns Requirement already satisfied: python-bitcoinrpc in /home/a/.local/lib/python3.6/site-packages (1.0)

Even after that I get the following errors:

Python2: ImportError: No module named authproxy

Python3: ModuleNotFoundError: No module named 'bitcoinrpc.authproxy'; 'bitcoinrpc' is not a package

Following is my code:

from bitcoinrpc.authproxy import AuthServiceProxy, JSONRPCException

# rpc_user and rpc_password are set in the bitcoin.conf file
rpc_user = "xxx"
rpc_password = "xxx"
rpc_connection = AuthServiceProxy("http://%s:%[email protected]:8332"%(rpc_user, rpc_password))


I have searched as much as I could but, cannot find anyting except for this bitcoin stackexchange question without an answer.

ENV: OS: Mint 19.1 with Anaconda where which python(3) return /usr/bin/python(3)

Is the setup broken or am I missing something?

Any help is appreciated. Thank you!

1 Answer 1


I had named my script bitcoinrpc.py and had the import bitcoinrpc. Naturally it couldn't find the package. Renamed the script and it works.

Lesson: DO NOT have a file of the same name as the package you are trying to import.

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