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How to Install Face Recognition in Python on Windows?

  • Last Updated : 26 Oct, 2021

In this article, we will learn how to install Face Recognition in Python on Windows. Recognize and manipulate faces from Python or from the command line with the world’s simplest face recognition library. Built using dlib’s state-of-the-art face recognition built with deep learning.

Installing Face Recognition on Windows :

Prerequisites:

Face Recognition module can only be installed for Python version 3.7 and 3.8.

Step 1: Install git for Windows

Step 2: Clone this repository and go inside the folder using the following commands

git clone https://github.com/RvTechiNNovate/face_recog_dlib_file.git
cd face_recog_dlib_file

git clone face_recog



Step 3: Enter the following command to install dlib and cmake using pip

Python 3.7:
pip install dlib-19.19.0-cp37-cp37m-win_amd64.whl

Python 3.8:
pip install dlib-19.19.0-cp38-cp38-win_amd64.whl
pip install cmake

pip install dlib for python 3.8

Method 1: Using pip to install Face Recognition Package

Follow the below steps to install the Face Recognition package on Windows using pip:

Step 1: Install the latest Python3 in Windows 

Step 2: Check if pip and python are correctly installed.

python --version
pip --version

checking python and pip version in Windows

Step 3: Upgrade your pip to avoid errors during installation.

pip install --upgrade pip

upgrading pip in Windows



Step 4: Enter the following command to install Face Recognition using pip3.

pip install face-recognition

Method 2: Using setup.py to install Face Recognition 

Follow the below steps to install the Face Recognition on Windows using the setup.py file:

Step 1: Download the latest source package of Face Recognition for python3 from here.

curl https://files.pythonhosted.org/packages/6c/49/75dda409b94841f01cbbc34114c9b67ec618265084e4d12d37ab838f4fd3/face_recognition-1.3.0.tar.gz > face_recognition-1.3.0.tar.gz

downloading the source package for Face Recognition in Windows

Step 2: Extract the downloaded package using the following command.

tar -xzvf face_recognition-1.3.0.tar.gz

extracting the face_recognition-1.3.0.tar.gz file in Windows

Step 3: Go inside the folder and Enter the following command to install the package.

cd face_recognition-1.3.0
python setup.py install

installing Face Recognition on Windows using the setup.py file

Verifying Face Recognition installation on Windows :

Make the following import in your python terminal to verify if the installation has been done properly:

import face_recognition

Verifying Face Recognition installation on Windows

If there is any error while importing the module then is not installed properly.

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