Pillow is a better-packaged
version of PIL, the Python Imaging Library. There’s one problem you
can see, though, and that’s with importing. PIL allowed both
from PIL import Image. Pillow sanely only supports the
A colleague had a problem earlier today with TileStache that used the
import Image version. And that fails with Pillow. The solution
I suggested him was to add a little hack at the top of a file that’s
loaded early in the process (in this case a Django settings file was
the best spot):
import sys from PIL import Image sys.modules['Image'] = Image
This makes sure you get PIL.Image when you do
afterwards. Problem solved.
Note: if both of the imports work for you without this hack, it can
be a good idea to check if you need to clean something up. Import both
versions and check their
>>> from PIL import Image >>> Image.__file__ '/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/PIL/Image.pyc' >>> import Image >>> Image.__file__ '/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/PIL/Image.pyc'
In my case, I only have PIL, apparently. The colleague had a different result for the first import: that one was from Pillow, the second from PIL. Something to keep in mind if you have weird PIL-related results.
My name is Reinout van Rees and I work a lot with Python (programming language) and Django (website framework). I live in The Netherlands and I'm happily married to Annie van Rees-Kooiman.
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