How do I fix python setup.py egg_info?

Alton Alexander
By Alton AlexanderUpdated on June 4th, 2022

The "python setup.py egg_info" error code is typically caused by a problem with the Python egg installation. This error can occur if the egg is not properly installed, or if there is a problem with the egg itself.

Users typically search for a solution by asking about:

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1. Download the setuptools package from https://pypi.python.org/pypi/setuptools

  1. Navigate to the https://pypi.python.org/pypi/setuptools page
  2. Click on the "Download" link next to the "Setuptools" entry
  3. On the next page, click on the "Download ZIP" link to download the setuptools package
  4. Unzip the setuptools package to a location of your choice
  5. Open a command prompt or terminal window
  6. Navigate to the unpacked setuptools directory
  7. Type the following command to install setuptools pip install setuptools
  8. If the installation was successful, you will see a message indicating as such
  9. Finally, you can use the setuptools command to install variouspython dependencies by typing the following command pip install -U setuptools

2. Install the setuptools package using pip: sudo pip install setuptools

sudo pip install setuptools installs the setuptools package, which is used to fix the python setup.py egg_info error.

3. Install the setuptools package using easy_install: sudo easy_install setuptools

sudo easy_install setuptools install setuptools sudo easy_install pip install pip sudo easy_install wheel install wheel

4. Set the environment variable PYTHONPATH to the directory where setuptools is installed

The steps to set the environment variable PYTHONPATH are:

  1. Open the terminal window and type the following command: export PYTHONPATH="/usr/local/lib/python2.7/site-packages"
  2. Press the Enter key to save the environment variable PYTHONPATH.
  3. To fix the python setup.py egg_info command, the user needs to type the following command in the terminal window: setuptools If the user gets an error message like the following, then the environment variable PYTHONPATH is not set correctly: ImportError: No module named 'setuptools'

Still not working? maybe try one of these options:

  1. Add the directory where setuptools is installed to your PATH.