PIL for OSX 64bit

Ned Deily nad at acm.org
Tue Jul 21 12:08:48 EDT 2009

In article 
<e0564f03-f736-4d0f-8c50-e1bce0eb55f8 at r2g2000yqm.googlegroups.com>,
 moerchendiser2k3 <googler.1.webmaster at spamgourmet.com> wrote:
> I have a problem with Python and the Python Image Library to get it
> work on OSX 64 bit. Maybe anyone can help me? I started Python in 64
> bit mode and called Image.open(...).load() and got:
> ImportError: The _imaging C module is not installed

It's hard to know what your problem is without more information.  One 
potential stumbling block: PIL has dependencies on other open-source 
libraries, such as libjpeg and freetype.  You'll need to have 64-bit 
versions of them available when building and when running, as well.  
There are a number of ways to do that.  The simplest might be to 
download pre-built frameworks containing those libraries from here:


There are also build scripts there for building your own versions from 

 Ned Deily,
 nad at acm.org

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