Visual Studio Code pylint: Unable to import 'protorpc'

Open the settings file of your Visual Studio Code (settings.json) and add the library path to the "python.autoComplete.extraPaths" list.

"python.autoComplete.extraPaths": [

Changing the library path worked for me. Hitting Ctrl + Shift + P and typing python interpreter and choosing one of the available shown. One was familiar (as pointed to a virtualenv that was working fine earlier) and it worked. Take note of the version of python you are working with, either 2.7 or 3.x and choose accordingly

I was facing same issue (VS Code).Resolved by below method

1) Select Interpreter command from the Command Palette (Ctrl+Shift+P)

2) Search for "Select Interpreter"

3) Select the installed python directory


I've not played around with all possibilities, but at least I had the impression that this could be a python version related issue. No idea why, I just trusted my gut.

Thus I just changed the pythonPath to python3 (default: python):

"python.pythonPath": "python3"

I reinstalled the dependencies (including pylint!!!) with

pip3 install <package> --user

... and after restarting vs code, everything looked fine.


First I will check the python3 path where it lives

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And then in the VS Code settings just add that path, for example:

"python.pythonPath": "/usr/local/bin/python3"

For your case, add the following code to vscode's settings.json.

"python.linting.pylintArgs": [
    "--init-hook='import sys; sys.path.append(\"~/google-cloud-sdk/platform/google_appengine/lib\")'"

For the other who got troubles with pip packages, you can go with

"python.linting.pylintArgs": [
    "--init-hook='import sys; sys.path.append(\"/usr/local/lib/python3.7/dist-packages\")'"

You should replace python3.7 above with your python version.

I resolved this by adding the protorpc library to the $PYTHONPATH environment variable. Specifically, I pointed to the library installed in my App Engine directory:

export PYTHONPATH=$PYTHONPATH:/Users/jackwootton/google-cloud-sdk/platform/google_appengine/lib/protorpc-1.0

After adding this to ~/.bash_profile, restarting my machine and Visual Studio Code, the import errors went away.

For completeness, I did not modify any Visual Studio Code settings relating to Python. Full ~/.bash_profile file:

export PATH=/Users/jackwootton/protoc3/bin:$PATH

export PYTHONPATH=/Users/jackwootton/google-cloud-sdk/platform/google_appengine

export PYTHONPATH=$PYTHONPATH:/Users/jackwootton/google-cloud-sdk/platform/google_appengine/lib/protorpc-1.0

# The next line updates PATH for the Google Cloud SDK.
if [ -f '/Users/jackwootton/google-cloud-sdk/' ]; then source '/Users/jackwootton/google-cloud-sdk/'; fi

# The next line enables shell command completion for gcloud.
if [ -f '/Users/jackwootton/google-cloud-sdk/' ]; then source '/Users/jackwootton/google-cloud-sdk/'; fi
Qing Yuan

The visual studio default setting should be the same as the interpreter path.

Change VS code default setting: windows: File > Preferences > Settings

    "python.pythonPath": "C:\\Users\\Anaconda3\\pythonw.exe",
    "workbench.startupEditor": "newUntitledFile"

Find the right interpreter: windows: Ctrl+Shift+P->select interpreter:

the path of that interpreter should be same as the version you are working on.

I was still getting these errors even after confirming that the correct python and pylint were being used from my virtual env.

Eventually I figured out that in Visual Studio Code I was A) opening my project directory, which is B) where my Python virtual environment was, but I was C) running my main Python program from two levels deeper. Those three things need to be in sync for everything to work.

Here's what I would recommend:

  1. In Visual Studio Code, open the directory containing your main Python program. (This may or may not be the top level of the project directory.)

  2. Select Terminal menu > New Terminal, and create an virtual environment directly inside the same directory.

    python3 -m venv env
  3. Install pylint in the virtual environment. If you select any Python file in the sidebar, Visual Studio Code will offer to do this for you. Alternatively, source env/bin/activate then pip install pylint.

  4. In the blue bottom bar of the editor window, choose the Python interpreter env/bin/python. Alternatively, go to Settings and set "Python: Python Path." This sets python.pythonPath in Settings.json.