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Trying to import gdal for Python 2.7.3 on Windows XP:

>>> import gdal
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<stdin>", line 1, in <module>
  File "C:\Python27\lib\site-packages\", line 2, in <module>
    from osgeo.gdal import deprecation_warn
  File "C:\Python27\lib\site-packages\osgeo\", line 21, in <mo
    _gdal = swig_import_helper()
  File "C:\Python27\lib\site-packages\osgeo\", line 17, in swit_helper
  _mod = imp.load_module('_gdal', fp, pathname, description)
ImportError: DLL load failed: The specified procedure could not be found.

Following suggestions from How to install GDAL with Python on windows? and elsewhere, here's what I've done so far:

The result is the same. Any other ideas about how to troubleshoot this?

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Did you install Python using OSGeo4W? – Nathan W Dec 31 '12 at 5:41
gdal19.dll is not in your path. Edit the environment variable and try again. Also, you should use the import: from osgeo import gdal. – kyle Dec 31 '12 at 15:43
@NathanW I had not - I installed 2.7.2 and tried again - no change. – meetar Dec 31 '12 at 16:26
@kyle gdal19.dll is in C:\OSGeo4W\bin which is in my path, and the result is the same when I try from osgeo. – meetar Dec 31 '12 at 16:28
Are you sure the versions match up for your python bindings and your osgeo install? I don't use windows that much. Can you check your gdal version to be sure it's 1.9.2: gdalinfo --version – kyle Dec 31 '12 at 17:47

Condensed procedure outlined in for Windows 7, 32 Bits, to install GDAL PYTHON:

1) Install Python.

I installed Python 2.7.9 from

2) Install the GDAL binaries published by Tamas Szekeres.

First, I launched IDLE (Python GUI) noting the following values: "MSC v.1500" and "on win32":

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In this link:

Click in the magenta link of the below image:

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Click in the magenta links of the below image for download and install gdal-111-1500-core.msi and GDAL-1.11.1.win32-py2.7.msi:

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3) Append your environment Path variable

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After click in Edit and search for Path, add:

;C:\Program Files\GDAL

DON'T FORGET the ; character before C:\Prog... and click OK three times:

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4) Add the GDAL_DATA environment variable (one click in New for each variable: gdal-data and gdalplugins)

DON'T FORGET click OK three times:

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5) Finally, perform a quick test to make sure everything worked.

Launch IDLE (Python GUI) and type from osgeo import gdal [Enter]:

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I didn't get gdal ImportError in python on my Windows 7 system.

Note: import gdal is deprecated.

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