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How do I install PIL, the Python Image Library?

Mar 12th, 2000 15:07
Steve Holden, Greg Landrum

This is based upon the most recent binary PIL distribution:
and *requires* that Tkinter is installed on your machine.  It comes by
default with the windows python distributions, so this shouldn't be too
much of a problem.  The binary distribution of PIL appears to require
Tcl/Tk anyway.
Step 1:
   Unzip the archive (it doesn't matter where),
   this will create a directory py152.
   Copy the files/folders from py152 to your Python
   installation directory (c:\program files\python by
That handles the installation.  Now try running one of the PIL sample
programs (I recommend Scripts/viewer.py).  If you get an error, then
you'll need to move to
Step 2:
   Edit the file c:\program files\python\pil\Image.py
   Move down to around line 47, where you'll find:
       import _imaging
   change this to:
       import sys
       if sys.platform == "win32":
           import FixTk # Attempt to configure Tcl/Tk without PATH
       import _imaging
Save the file and try running Scripts/viewer.py again.  It ought to 
I hope this is helpful.