Installing rasterio on Windows is a challenge, specially when developers dont show Windows love – Windoze for them :), anyway the fact is a lot of us are using Windows, if you go to rasterio Windows installation it currently looks like this




Windows binary packages created by Christoph Gohlke are available here.

Doesn’t say much, but when you click on the link it takes you to a page where Christoph Gohlke has provided with whl files (if I recall they used to be exe files before). Now what to do!

Disclaimer: I followed this steps and I manage to get it to work on my python install and added a few notes, feel free to try it out and check if it works for you but can’t guarantee it works 100% as I have just installed it

1. I installed Visual Studio 2015 RC Downloads (don’t know if it was actually needed as I installed whl after installing it so it may not be necessary)


2.Using Windows binary packages created by Christoph Gohlke ( download gdal and rasterio for your installed version, I am showing the ones for mine



3. open a cmd terminal cd into directoy where the whl files were downloaded

e.g. C:\Users\UserName\Downloads


4.pip install wheel (if it isn’t installed previously)


5. pip install pip install rasterio-0.23.0-cp27-none-win_amd64.whl GDAL-1.11.2-cp27-none-win_amd64.whl (only way it worked is installing both at same time separating whl by a space)


Now showing all working

rasterio-version****** Final thing ******

note this setup works for installing rasterio and works when calling from python but gives a dependency issue when calling rio –version

File “C:\Python27\lib\site-packages\”, line 832, in r
esolve raise VersionConflict(dist, req).with_context(dependent_req) pkg_resources.VersionConflict: (gdal 1.11.2 (c:\python27\lib\site-packages), Requirement.parse(‘GDAL==1.11’))

I still haven’t figured whats happening except the conflict itself

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Reese · September 12, 2019 at 3:59 pm

I tried the import rasterio command after following the steps and got this error:

Error 1: Can’t load requested DLL: C:\Program Files (x86)\GDAL\gdalplugins\ then all of the plug ins for GDAL even though they’re in the directory.

It’s really a pain to install rasterio on windows. Any idea how to fix that one?

    antoniolocandro · September 23, 2019 at 5:17 am

    Hi I haven’t used rasterio in a while so I can’t help you out sorry about it! Have you checked if they got github or something?

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