I am getting message like this:

<font color="#ff0000" face="courier new"> <br>
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<interactive input>", line 1, in <module>
  File "C:\Python26\ArcGIS10.0\lib\site-packages\gdal.py", line 2, in <module>
    from osgeo.gdal import deprecation_warn
  File "C:\Python26\ArcGIS10.0\lib\site-packages\osgeo\__init__.py", line 21, in <module>
    _gdal = swig_import_helper()
  File "C:\Python26\ArcGIS10.0\lib\site-packages\osgeo\__init__.py", line 17, in swig_import_helper
    _mod = imp.load_module('_gdal', fp, pathname, description)
ImportError: DLL load failed: The specified module could not be found.</font>
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    May 17, 2013 at 19:56

1 Answer 1


DLL load failed: The specified module could not be found.

simply means that GDAL is improperly installed (line 17: missing dll file or rather, that the dll file is not installed at the requested location)

Look also at Importing GDAL from Python window of ArcGIS for Desktop? and Running GDAL and arcpy together (ArcGIS 10.1, GDAL 1.9.2, python 2.7.4)

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