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# Table of Contents

  1. Install yfinance on Windows
  2. Install yfinance on macOS or Linux
  3. Install yfinance in Visual Studio Code
  4. Install yfinance in PyCharm
  5. Install yfinance in Anaconda
  6. Install yfinance in Jupyter Notebook
  7. ModuleNotFoundError: No module named 'yfinance' in Python

# Install yfinance on Windows

To install the yfinance module on Windows:

  1. Type CMD in the search bar and open the Command Prompt application.
  2. Type pip install yfinance and press Enter.

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pip install yfinance# πŸ‘‡οΈ For Python 3pip3 install yfinance# πŸ‘‡οΈ If you don't have pip in your PATH environment variablepython -m pip install yfinance# πŸ‘‡οΈ For Python 3python3 -m pip install yfinance# πŸ‘‡οΈ Using py aliaspy -m pip install yfinance# πŸ‘‡οΈ If you get a permissions errorpip install yfinance --user# πŸ‘‡οΈ For Anacondapip install -i https://pypi.anaconda.org/ranaroussi/simple yfinance

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After you install the yfinance package,try importing it as follows.

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import yfinance as yfmsft = yf.Ticker("MSFT")print(msft.info)

If the installation command doesn't succeed, try running CMD as anadministrator.

Right-click on the search result, click on "Run as administrator" and run the pip install command.

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If you get the error "ModuleNotFoundError: No module named 'yfinance' inPython", click on the following subheading:

  • ModuleNotFoundError: No module named 'yfinance' in Python

If you get the error'pip' is not recognized as an internal or external command,use the python -m command when installing yfinance.

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python -m pip install yfinancepython3 -m pip install yfinancepy -m pip install yfinance

Alternatively, you can install the yfinance module in a virtual environment:

  1. Open the root directory of your project.
  2. Press Shift and right-click in Explorer.

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  1. Click on "Open PowerShell window here".
  2. Run the following commands.

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# πŸ‘‡οΈ Might also be: "python3 -m venv venv"python -m venv venv# πŸ‘‡οΈ Activate on Windows (PowerShell)venv\Scripts\Activate.ps1# πŸ‘‡οΈ Activate on Windows (cmd.exe)venv\Scripts\activate.bat# πŸ‘‡οΈ Install `yfinance` in your virtual environmentpip install yfinance

If the python -m venv venv command doesn't work, try the following 2 commands:

  • python3 -m venv venv
  • py -m venv venv.

If you see an error message thatps1 cannot be loaded because running scripts is disabled on this system,run the following command, type "yes" when prompted and rerun the activationcommand.

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Set-ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned -Scope CurrentUser

You can verify that the yfinance module is installed by using the pip show yfinance command.

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pip show yfinancepip3 show yfinancepython -m pip show yfinancepython3 -m pip show yfinance

The pip show yfinance command will either state that the package is notinstalled or show a bunch of information about the package, including thelocation where the package is installed.

# Install yfinance on macOS or Linux

To install yfinance on macOS or Linux:

  1. Search for "terminal" and start the application.
  2. Type pip install yfinance and press Enter.

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pip install yfinance# πŸ‘‡οΈ For Python 3pip3 install yfinance# πŸ‘‡οΈ If you get a permissions errorsudo pip3 install yfinance# πŸ‘‡οΈ If you don't have pip in your PATH environment variablepython -m pip install yfinance# πŸ‘‡οΈ For python 3python3 -m pip install yfinance# πŸ‘‡οΈ Alternative if you get a permissions errorpip install yfinance --user# πŸ‘‡οΈ For Anacondapip install -i https://pypi.anaconda.org/ranaroussi/simple yfinance

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After you install the yfinance package,try importing it as follows.

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import yfinance as yfmsft = yf.Ticker("MSFT")print(msft.info)

If you get an error that pip isn't found, use the python -m command.

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python -m pip install yfinancepython3 -m pip install yfinance

If you get a permissions error, prefix the command with sudo.

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sudo pip install yfinancesudo pip3 install yfinance

Alternatively, you can install the yfinance package in a virtual environment:

  1. Open your terminal in the root directory of your project.
  2. Run the following commands.

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# πŸ‘‡οΈ Could also be "python -m venv venv"python3 -m venv venv# πŸ‘‡οΈ Activate virtual env on macOS or Linuxsource venv/bin/activate# πŸ‘‡οΈ Install a `yfinance` in your virtual environmentpip install yfinance

Your virtual environment will use the version of Python that was used to createit.

If the python3 -m venv venv command doesn't work, use python -m venv venv instead.

If you get the error "ModuleNotFoundError: No module named 'yfinance' inPython", click on the following subheading:

  • ModuleNotFoundError: No module named 'yfinance' in Python

You can use the pip show command to verify yfinance has been installedsuccessfully.

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pip show yfinancepip3 show yfinancepython -m pip show yfinancepython3 -m pip show yfinance

The pip show yfinance command will either state that the package is notinstalled or show a bunch of information about the package.

# Install yfinance in Visual Studio Code

To install yfinance in Visual Studio Code:

  1. Press CTRL + ` (Backtick) on your keyboard to open the terminal.
  2. Run the pip install yfinance command to install the yfinance module.

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pip install yfinance# πŸ‘‡οΈ For Python 3pip3 install yfinance# πŸ‘‡οΈ If you get a permissions errorsudo pip3 install yfinance# πŸ‘‡οΈ If you don't have pip in your PATH environment variablepython -m pip install yfinance# πŸ‘‡οΈ For python 3python3 -m pip install yfinance# πŸ‘‡οΈ Using py aliaspy -m pip install yfinance# πŸ‘‡οΈ Alternative if you get a permissions errorpip install yfinance --user

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You can also open the terminal in Visual Studio Code by pressing CTRL+Shift+P and then type "View: Toggle Terminal".

After you install the yfinance package,try importing it as follows.

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import yfinance as yfmsft = yf.Ticker("MSFT")print(msft.info)

When installing Python modules in Visual Studio code,make sure that your IDE is configured to use the correct version of Python.

Press CTRL+Shift+P or (⌘ + Shift + P on Mac) to open the commandpalette.

Then type "Python select interpreter" in the field.

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Then select the correct Python version from the dropdown menu.

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Your IDE should be using the same version of Python (including the virtual environment) that you are using to install packages from your terminal.

You can use the python --version command if you need to get your version ofPython.

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python --versionpython3 --version

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You can also try creating a virtual environment if you don't already have one.

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# πŸ‘‡οΈ Could also be "python -m venv venv" or "py -m venv venv"python3 -m venv venv# πŸ‘‡οΈ Activate on Unix or MacOSsource venv/bin/activate# πŸ‘‡οΈ Activate on Windows (cmd.exe)venv\Scripts\activate.bat# πŸ‘‡οΈ Activate on Windows (PowerShell)venv\Scripts\Activate.ps1# πŸ‘‡οΈ Install `yfinance` in your virtual environmentpip install yfinance

Your virtual environment will use the version of Python that was used to createit.

If you get the error "ModuleNotFoundError: No module named 'yfinance' inPython", click on the following subheading:

  • ModuleNotFoundError: No module named 'yfinance' in Python

# Install yfinance in PyCharm

To install yfinance in PyCharm:

  1. Press Alt+F12 on your keyboard to open the terminal.
  2. Run the pip install yfinance command to install the yfinance module.

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pip install yfinance# πŸ‘‡οΈ For Python 3pip3 install yfinance# πŸ‘‡οΈ If you get a permissions errorsudo pip3 install yfinance# πŸ‘‡οΈ If you don't have pip in your PATH environment variablepython -m pip install yfinance# πŸ‘‡οΈ For python 3python3 -m pip install yfinance# πŸ‘‡οΈ Using py aliaspy -m pip install yfinance# πŸ‘‡οΈ Alternative if you get a permissions errorpip install yfinance --user

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After you install the yfinance package,try importing it as follows.

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import yfinance as yfmsft = yf.Ticker("MSFT")print(msft.info)

Alternatively, you can use the IDE itself to install the module.

  1. Click on "File" > "Settings" > "Project" > "Python Interpreter".
  2. Click on the + icon and type yfinance.
  3. Click on "Install Package".

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When installing Python modules in PyCharm, make sure that your IDE is configured to use the correct version of Python.

Click on "File" > "Settings" > "Project" > "Python Interpreter".

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Then select the correct Python version from the dropdown menu.

Your IDE should be using the same version of Python (including the virtual environment) that you are using to install packages from your terminal.

You can use the python --version command if you need to get your version ofPython.

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python --versionpython3 --version

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# Install yfinance in Anaconda

You can install the yfinance package with a command.

If you are on Windows, search for "Anaconda Prompt" and open theapplication.

If you are on macOS or Linux, open your terminal.

Run the following command to install the yfinance package.

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# πŸ‘‡οΈ For Anacondapip install -i https://pypi.anaconda.org/ranaroussi/simple yfinance# πŸ‘‡οΈ Alternatively use `pip`pip install yfinance# πŸ‘‡οΈ for Python 3pip3 install yfinance# πŸ‘‡οΈ If you get a permissions errorsudo pip3 install yfinance# πŸ‘‡οΈ If you don't have pip in your PATH environment variablepython -m pip install yfinance# πŸ‘‡οΈ For python 3python3 -m pip install yfinance# πŸ‘‡οΈ Using py aliaspy -m pip install yfinance# πŸ‘‡οΈ Alternative if you get a permissions errorpip install yfinance --user

After you install the yfinance package,try importing it as follows.

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import yfinance as yfmsft = yf.Ticker("MSFT")print(msft.info)

If you get the error "ModuleNotFoundError: No module named 'yfinance' inPython", click on the following subheading:

  • ModuleNotFoundError: No module named 'yfinance' in Python

# Install yfinance in Jupyter Notebook

To install yfinance in Jupyter Notebook:

  1. Open your terminal and type "jupyter notebook".

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  1. Click on "New" and then "Terminal" in the browser tab.

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  1. Type pip install yfinance and press Enter.

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# πŸ‘‡οΈ Using pippip install yfinance# πŸ‘‡οΈ For Python 3pip3 install yfinance# πŸ‘‡οΈ If you get a permissions errorsudo pip3 install yfinance# πŸ‘‡οΈ If you don't have pip in your PATH environment variablepython -m pip install yfinance# πŸ‘‡οΈ For python 3python3 -m pip install yfinance# πŸ‘‡οΈ Using py aliaspy -m pip install yfinance# πŸ‘‡οΈ For Anacondapip install -i https://pypi.anaconda.org/ranaroussi/simple yfinance# πŸ‘‡οΈ Alternative if you get a permissions errorpip install yfinance --user

After you install the yfinance package,try importing it as follows.

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import yfinance as yfmsft = yf.Ticker("MSFT")print(msft.info)

Alternatively, you can use the Python ipykernel.

  1. Open your terminal and type "jupyter notebook".

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  2. Type !pip install yfinance and click on "Run".

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Note that the pip install command must be prefixed with an exclamation mark ifyou use this approach.

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!pip install yfinance

Once you type the command, click "Run" to install the yfinance module.

If you get a permissions error, e.g. "[WinError: 5] Access is denied", add the--user option to the installation command.

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!pip install yfinance --user

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# ModuleNotFoundError: No module named 'yfinance' in Python

The Python "ModuleNotFoundError: No module named 'yfinance'" occurs when weforget to install the yfinance module before importing it or install it in anincorrect environment.

To solve the error, install the module by running the pip install yfinancecommand.

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Open your terminal in your project's root directory and install the yfinancemodule.

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# πŸ‘‡οΈ In a virtual environment or using Python 2pip install yfinance# πŸ‘‡οΈ For python 3 (could also be pip3.10 depending on your version)pip3 install yfinance# πŸ‘‡οΈ If you get a permissions errorsudo pip3 install yfinancepip install yfinance --user# πŸ‘‡οΈ If you don't have pip in your PATH environment variablepython -m pip install yfinance# πŸ‘‡οΈ For python 3 (could also be pip3.10 depending on your version)python3 -m pip install yfinance# πŸ‘‡οΈ Using py alias (Windows)py -m pip install yfinance# πŸ‘‡οΈ For Anacondapip install -i https://pypi.anaconda.org/ranaroussi/simple yfinance# πŸ‘‡οΈ For Jupyter Notebook!pip install yfinance

After you install the yfinance package,try importing it as follows.

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import yfinance as yfmsft = yf.Ticker("MSFT")print(msft.info)

# Common reasons the error occurs

The error occurs for multiple reasons:

  1. Not having the yfinance package installed by runningpip install yfinance.
  2. Installing the package in a different Python version than the one you'reusing.
  3. Installing the package globally and not in your virtual environment.
  4. Your IDE running an incorrect version of Python.
  5. Naming your module yfinance.py which would shadow the official module.
  6. Declaring a variable named yfinance which would shadow the importedvariable.

If the error persists, get your Python version and make sure you are installingthe package using the correct Python version.

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python --version

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For example, my Python version is 3.10.4, so I would install the yfinancepackage with pip3.10 install yfinance.

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pip3.10 install yfinance# πŸ‘‡οΈ If you get a permissions error use pip3 (NOT pip3.X)sudo pip3 install yfinance

Notice that the version number corresponds to the version of pip I'm using.

If the PATH for pip is not set up on your machine, replace pip withpython3 -m pip:

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# πŸ‘‡οΈ Make sure to use your version of Python, e.g. 3.10python3 -m pip install yfinance

If the error persists, try restarting your IDE and development server/script.

# Check if the package is installed

You can check if you have the yfinance package installed by running thepip show yfinance command.

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# πŸ‘‡οΈ Check if you have `yfinance` installedpip show yfinance# πŸ‘‡οΈ If you don't have pip set up in PATHpython -m pip show yfinance

The pip show yfinance command will either state that the package is notinstalled or show a bunch of information about the package, including thelocation where the package is installed.

# Make sure your IDE is using the correct Python version

If the package is not installed,make sure your IDE is using the correct version of Python.

If you have multiple Python versions installed on your machine, you might have installed the yfinance package using the incorrect version or your IDE might be set up to use a different version.

For example, In VSCode, you can press CTRL + Shift + P or (⌘ + Shift + Pon Mac) to open the command palette.

Then type "Python select interpreter" in the field.

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Then select the correct Python version from the dropdown menu.

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Your IDE should be using the same version of Python (including the virtual environment) that you are using to install packages from your terminal.

# Install the package in a Virtual Environment

If you are using a virtual environment, make sure you are installing yfinancein your virtual environment and not globally.

You can try creating a virtual environment if you don't already have one.

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# πŸ‘‡οΈ Use the correct version of Python when creating VENVpython3 -m venv venv# πŸ‘‡οΈ Activate on Unix or MacOSsource venv/bin/activate# πŸ‘‡οΈ Activate on Windows (cmd.exe)venv\Scripts\activate.bat# πŸ‘‡οΈ Activate on Windows (PowerShell)venv\Scripts\Activate.ps1# πŸ‘‡οΈ Install `yfinance` in your virtual environmentpip install yfinance

If the python3 -m venv venv command doesn't work, try the following 2commands:

  • python -m venv venv
  • py -m venv venv

Your virtual environment will use the version of Python that was used to createit.

If the error persists, make sure you haven't named a module in your project as yfinance.py because that would shadow the original yfinance module.

You also shouldn't be declaring a variable named yfinance as that would alsoshadow the original module.

# Try reinstalling the package

If the error is not resolved, try to uninstall the yfinance package and thenreinstall it.

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# πŸ‘‡οΈ Check if you have yfinance installedpip show yfinance# πŸ‘‡οΈ If you don't have pip set up in PATHpython -m pip show yfinance# πŸ‘‡οΈ Uninstall yfinancepip uninstall yfinance# πŸ‘‡οΈ If you don't have pip set up in PATHpython -m pip uninstall yfinance# πŸ‘‡οΈ Install yfinancepip install yfinance# πŸ‘‡οΈ If you don't have pip set up in PATHpython -m pip install yfinance

Try restarting your IDE and development server/script.

You can also try to upgrade the version of the yfinance package.

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pip install yfinance --upgrade# πŸ‘‡οΈ If you don't have pip set up in PATHpython -m pip install yfinance --upgrade

If the error persists, I would suggest watching a quick video on how to use Virtual environments in Python.

This one is for using virtual environments (VENV) on Windows:

This one is for using virtual environments (VENV) on MacOS and Linux:

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FAQs

How to add yfinance to Python? β€Ί

Step 1: Open the command prompt terminal of the device and locate the directory (using mkdir) where Python is installed in the system. Step 2: Now write the following command in the terminal to install the yfinance module with pip installer: pip install yfinance.

What is the yfinance library? β€Ί

yfinance is a popular open source Python library that provides free access to financial data made available by Yahoo Finance.

How to pip install in Jupyter notebook? β€Ί

In a Jupyter notebook cell on your host machine, type pip install <package-name>, where <package-name> is the name of the package in PyPI you want to install. Execute the step. The package installs on the server. Note If you upgrade to a newer version of SystemLink, you must reinstall any Python modules.

How do I install Yahoo Finance? β€Ί

Go to your device's App Store and search for Yahoo Finance. Download the Yahoo Finance app.

What is a pip in Python? β€Ί

pip (also known by Python 3's alias pip3) is a package-management system written in Python and is used to install and manage software packages. The Python Software Foundation recommends using pip for installing Python applications and its dependencies during deployment.

Is yfinance still active? β€Ί

Yahoo Finance used to have their own official API, but this was decommissioned on May 15th 2017, following wide-spread misuse of data. These days a range of unofficial APIs and libraries exist to access the same data, including of course yfinance.

Is yfinance an API? β€Ί

yfinance is a Python api to the Yahoo! finance site.

Is it legal to scrape Yahoo Finance? β€Ί

Is Yahoo Finance Web Scraping Legal. In short, YES. Most of the data available on the Yahoo Finance website is open-source and public information. But you should still pay attention to your local web scraping laws and rules when you're scraping and using these data.

Is yfinance Python free? β€Ί

A cheat sheet on the free and popular open-source Python library yfinance to access financial data from Yahoo Finance.

How do I add a Python library to Python? β€Ί

Any Python library can be installed manually in just one step using the command: python3 <FILE_NAME>. py install. The command pip install package_name is used in Python to install libraries using scripts.

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