PyMySQL is not working as a alternate MySQLdb module for Python 3.4


I’m trying to install a Python 3 alternative to python-mysql. I tried with the recommended PyMySQL. But the same error persists when trying to migrate my Django project.


File "/home/my_user_name/Dev/lib/python3.4/site-packages/django/db/backends/mysql/", line 27, in <module>
    raise ImproperlyConfigured("Error loading MySQLdb module: %s" % e)
django.core.exceptions.ImproperlyConfigured: Error loading MySQLdb module: No module named 'MySQLdb'


  • Django==1.8.7
  • Mezzanine==4.0.1
  • PyMySQL==0.6.7
  • Ubuntu==14.04
  • MySQL==5.5.46

  • Created database with DEFAULT CHARACTER SET utf8 DEFAULT COLLATE utf8_general_ci

  • Created a cnf file with the database information.

This is my Django settings:

    'default': {
        'ENGINE': 'django.db.backends.mysql',
        'OPTIONS': {
            'read_default_file': '/home/my_user_name/my.cnf',


The recommended library for MySQL with Python 3 is mysqlclient.

Answered By – Alasdair

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