Python: show where a module was imported from

Published 19 May 2015 under python, software

After importing a module in python use the following to find out where it was imported from:

>>> import astroid
>>> astroid.__file__

This is can be useful if a package has been installed in two different ways e.g. via apt-get and via pip, and therefore, has ended up in two different install locations. In this case we had a pip install to /usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages where as apt-get installed to /usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages.


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