i try to install python dependencies for django project sdu.edu.kz. This project uses cx-Oracle. When i try:

./install_python_dependencies.sh install

It successfully installs all modules except one. The module of cx-Oracle. However, I installed the cx-Oracle program on my computer.

It prints the error:

Collecting cx-oracle==5.2 (from -r requirements/base.txt (line 82))
  Using cached cx_Oracle-5.2.tar.gz
   Complete output from command python setup.py egg_info:
   Traceback (most recent call last):
     File "<string>", line 1, in <module>
     File "/tmp/pip-build-RP7c9i/cx-oracle/setup.py", line 170, in <module>
       raise DistutilsSetupError("cannot locate an Oracle software " \
   distutils.errors.DistutilsSetupError: cannot locate an Oracle software installation

Command "python setup.py egg_info" failed with error code 1 in /tmp/pip build-RP7c9i/cx-oracle/

How to locate an Oracle software installation? Any ideas? Please, help


For Oracle 12.x , cx_Oracle not available yet. So we need to download instant client with 11.x version.

Go to http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/topics/linuxx86-64soft-092277.html and accept License Agreement.

Then download zip files with names as below

  • instantclient-sdk-linux.x64-
  • instantclient-basic-linux.x64-

And unzip them with unzip command

unzip instantclient-sdk-linux.x64-
unzip instantclient-basic-linux.x64-

Both will be extracted into a common directory named as "instantclient_11_2". Then add this to PATH with below commands.

export ORACLE_HOME=/path-to_this/instantclient_11_2
ln -s libclntsh.so.11.1   libclntsh.so

Open /etc/profile or .bashrc and following entries.

export ORACLE_HOME=/location/of/your/files/instantclient_11_2

then do source ~/.bashrc or source /etc/profile

And install these packages

sudo apt-get install build-essential unzip python-dev libaio-dev

after that use pip or pip3 according to your Python version and then install it

pip3 install cx_Oracle

and try loading cx_Oracle module in Python interpreter.

Hope this helps.

Credit goes here: https://gist.github.com/kimus/10012910

Note: I have tried this on my Ubuntu 16.04 installation , it should work for you.

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  • Raja, thank you. The file .bashrc was the solution of a problem – zshanabek Nov 20 '16 at 16:32
  • No Problem brother. Glad its helped you. I struggled same as you on installing but its came easy when I gone through right blog – rɑːdʒɑ Nov 20 '16 at 16:38

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