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How to Install Pillow on MacOS?

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In this article, we will learn how to install Pillow in Python on MacOS.  Python Imaging Library (expansion of PIL) is the de facto image processing package for Python language.


Method 1: Using pip to install Pillow

Follow the below steps to install the Pillow package on macOS using pip:

Step 1: Install the latest Python3 in MacOS

Step 2: Check if pip3 and python3 are correctly installed.

python3 --version
pip3 --version
checking python and pip version in macos

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

pip3 install --upgrade pip
upgrading pip in macos

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

pip3 install Pillow
installing Pillow package on macOS using pip

Method 2: Using to install Pillow 

Follow the below steps to install Pillow package on macOS using the file:

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

curl > pillow.tar.gz
downloading the source package for Pillow in macos

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

tar -xzvf pillow.tar.gz
extracting the pillow.tar.gz file in macos

Step 3: Install homebrew and run the following commands to install the dependencies.

brew install libtiff libjpeg webp little-cms2
brew install freetype harfbuzz fribidi
dependency installation command 1dependency installation command 2

Step 4: Go inside the folder and Enter the following command to install the package.

Note: You must have developer tools for XCode MacOS installed in your system

cd Pillow-8.3.2
python3 install

Verifying Pillow installation on macOS:

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

import PIL
Verifying Pillow installation on macOS

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

Last Updated : 22 Sep, 2021
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