python – Call a function from another file?

The Question :

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Set_up: I have a .py file for each function I need to use in a program.

In this program, I need to call the function from the external files.

I’ve tried:

from import function(a,b)

But I get the error:

ImportError: No module named ‘’; file is not a package

How do I fix this problem?

The Question Comments :
  • from file import function. No need for file extensions or function parameters
  • You should probably go through the modules section in the Python tutorial.
  • Just make sure if using PyCharms, then it would only recognize an underscore delimited filename.
  • Also if you want to import the function from the, make sure there is no package in your directory with the name file.

The Answer 1

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There isn’t any need to add while importing. Just write from file import function, and then call the function using function(a, b). The reason why this may not work, is because file is one of Python’s core modules, so I suggest you change the name of your file.

Note that if you’re trying to import functions from to a file called, you will need to make sure that and are in the same directory.

The Answer 2

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First of all you do not need a .py.

If you have a file and inside you have some functions:

def b():
  # Something
  return 1

def c():
  # Something
  return 2

And you want to import them in you have to write

from a import b, c

The Answer 3

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You can do this in 2 ways. First is just to import the specific function you want from To do this use

from file import function

Another way is to import the entire file

import file as fl

Then you can call any function inside using


The Answer 4

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If your file is in the different package structure and you want to call it from a different package, then you can call it in that fashion:

Let’s say you have following package structure in your python project:

Python package and file structure

in – python file you have some function, like:

def add(arg1, arg2):
    return arg1 + arg2

def sub(arg1, arg2) :
    return arg1 - arg2

def mul(arg1, arg2) :
    return arg1 * arg2

And you want to call different functions from, then following way you can do it:

Define import statement in – file for import all function

from import *

or define each function name which you want to import

from import add, sub, mul

Then in you can call function for execute:

num1 = 20
num2 = 10

print("\n add : ", add(num1,num2))
print("\n sub : ", sub(num1,num2))
print("\n mul : ", mul(num1,num2))


 add :  30

 sub :  10

 mul :  200

The Answer 5

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You can call the function from a different directory as well, in case you cannot or do not want to have the function in the same directory you are working. You can do this in two ways (perhaps there are more alternatives, but these are the ones that have worked for me).

Alternative 1 Temporarily change your working directory

import os

os.chdir("**Put here the directory where you have the file with your function**")

from file import function

os.chdir("**Put here the directory where you were working**")

Alternative 2 Add the directory where you have your function to sys.path

import sys

sys.path.append("**Put here the directory where you have the file with your function**")

from file import function

The Answer 6

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Came across the same feature but I had to do the below to make it work.

If you are seeing ‘ModuleNotFoundError: No module named’, you probably need the dot(.) in front of the filename as below;

from .file import funtion

The Answer 7

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First save the file in .py format (for example, And if that file have functions,

def xyz():



def abc():



In the calling function you just have to type the below lines.




a =

b =


The Answer 8

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Rename the module to something other than ‘file’.

Then also be sure when you are calling the function that:

1)if you are importing the entire module, you reiterate the module name when calling it:

import module


import pizza

2)or if you are importing specific functions, functions with an alias, or all functions using *, you don’t reiterate the module name:

from pizza import pizza_function


from pizza import pizza_function as pf


from pizza import *

The Answer 9

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Functions from .py file (can (of course) be in different directory) can be simply imported by writing directories first and then the file name without .py extension:

from directory_name.file_name import function_name

And later be used: function_name()

The Answer 10

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Inside MathMethod.Py.

def Add(a,b):
   return a+b 

def subtract(a,b):
  return a-b

Inside Main.Py

import MathMethod as MM 


The Answer 11

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You don’t have to add

Just keep the file in the same location with the file from where you want to import it. Then just import your functions:

from file import a, b

The Answer 12

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You should have the file at the same location as that of the Python files you are trying to import. Also ‘from file import function’ is enough.

The Answer 13

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append a dot(.) in front of a file name if you want to import this file which is in the same directory where you are running your code.

For example, i’m running a file named and i want to import a method named addFun which is written in, and is there in the same directory

from .b import addFun

The Answer 14

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Suppose the file you want to call is and the method you want to call is method1, then first import the file and then the method

from anotherfile import method1

if method1 is part of a class, let the class be class1, then

from anotherfile import class1

then create an object of class1, suppose the object name is ob1, then

ob1 = class1()

The Answer 15

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in my case i named my file and couldn’t make it work until i changed to

The Answer 16

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Any of the above solutions didn’t work for me. I got ModuleNotFoundError: No module named whtever error. So my solution was importing like below

from . import filename # without .py  

inside my first file I have defined function fun like below

# file name is
def fun():
  print('this is fun')

inside the second file lets say I want to call the function fun

from . import firstFile

def secondFunc(): # calling `fun` from the first file

secondFunc() # calling the function `secondFunc` 

The Answer 17

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in my main script file i need call passGen function which generate password hash and that functions is under modules\

The quickest and easiest solution for me is

Below is my directory structure

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So in i have import my function with below syntax

from modules.passwordGen import passGen

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