I have ArcGIS 10.0 And installed pythonwin 2.6.5

When wrote a script in Python Shell - it works just fine But in pythonwin - i get import arcpy error as below

>>> import arcpy
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<interactive input>", line 1, in <module>
ImportError: No module named arcpy
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    It looks like pythonwin cannot find the Arcpy module. Did you check if the path to arcpy is specified in pythonwin? I had a similar problem with anaconda and it was fixed by adding a path to arcpy.
    – yanes
    Commented Nov 3, 2015 at 16:24

1 Answer 1


You need to make sure pythonwin knows where the ArcGIS python packages reside. A simple way to do this would be to create a text file called arcgis.pth (or anything you want with ".pth" as the extension) in the Lib\site-packages directory of your pythonwin installation. The contents of the file should be these 3 lines (modified as needed to reflect the paths of your ArcGIS installation):

C:\Program Files (x86)\ArcGIS\Desktop10.0\bin
C:\Program Files (x86)\ArcGIS\Desktop10.0\arcpy
C:\Program Files (x86)\ArcGIS\Desktop10.0\ArcToolbox\Scripts

Once that file is in place, pythonwin should be able to access arcpy successfully.

(Note that I wrote this based on my own ArcGIS 10.2 installation. I believe the directory structure was the same for 10.0, but if anybody can confirm this, that would be helpful.)

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