On a fresh install of 16.04, I am trying to install virtualenvwrapper by following this great answer by Gerhard Burger.

after configuring the .bashrc, whenever opening the terminal displays

bash: /usr/local/bin/python2.7: No such file or directory
virtualenvwrapper.sh: There was a problem running the initialization hooks. 

If Python could not import the module virtualenvwrapper.hook_loader,
check that virtualenvwrapper has been installed for
VIRTUALENVWRAPPER_PYTHON=/usr/local/bin/python2.7 and that PATH is
set properly.

the script location is,

$ sudo find / -name virtualenvwrapper.sh
[sudo] password for john: 

contents of my .bashrc are,

export WORKON_HOME=/home/john/.virtualenvs
source /usr/local/bin/virtualenvwrapper.sh
export PIP_VIRTUALENV_BASE=/home/john/.virtualenvs

here is my pip freeze


the python interpreter's location,

$ which python

How do I make it work?

thank you.

  • Welcome to AskUbuntu. You might want to include a link to said answer you refer to :) – Videonauth Jun 11 '16 at 7:46
  • @Videonauth Thanks. I just removed the link while cleaning up. sorry. – All Іѕ Vаиітy Jun 11 '16 at 7:49
  • @John My /usr/local/bin indeed doesn't contain python2.7, and I suspect yours doesn't either. which python2.7 says /usr/bin/python2.7, but I have not yet figured out how to tell virtualenvwrapper to look in /usr/bin instead of /usr/local/bin. – edwinksl Jun 11 '16 at 8:04
  • @John Based on virtualenvwrapper.readthedocs.io/en/latest/…, can you add export VIRTUALENVWRAPPER_PYTHON=/usr/bin/python to your .bashrc before source /usr/local/bin/virtualenvwrapper.sh? – edwinksl Jun 11 '16 at 8:18
  • @edwinksl tried it, but it doesn't fix. – All Іѕ Vаиітy Jun 11 '16 at 8:20

I am using Ubuntu server 16.04, You should also export the python interpreter in which you've installed the the virtualenvwrapper

export VIRTUALENVWRAPPER_PYTHON=/usr/bin/python3
export WORKON_HOME=~/.virtualenvs
source /home/vagrant/.local/bin/virtualenvwrapper.sh

since I've got multiple python installation.


just comment

source /usr/local/bin/virtualenvwrapper.sh

line in


file....it worked for me.


You probably need to update your PYTHONPATH environment variable. In your .bashrc, before all the virtualenvwrapper variables, add the following line:

export PYTHONPATH=${PYTHONPATH}:/usr/bin

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