I've installed a Python package using pip, which is a replacement for easy_install. How do I get a list of which installed files are associated with this package?

Basically, I'm looking for the Python package equivalent of

dpkg -L


rpm -ql

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You could do that by using command:

pip show -f <package>
  • Does not work for me, pip: error: No command by the name pip show. (Using pip 1.1)
    – Zitrax
    Dec 2, 2013 at 11:40
  • @Zitrax Well, currently I am using pip 1.4.1, and it works, may be you should upgrade pip.
    – Bunyk
    Dec 2, 2013 at 16:54
  • Yes, here is the answer to that: stackoverflow.com/a/14060138/816449 It works in 1.2.1.post1.
    – Bunyk
    Dec 2, 2013 at 16:58
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    It appears this doesn't work for every package. E.g. pip show -f nbconvert gives Files: Cannot locate installed-files.txt. May 27, 2016 at 12:54
  • It also doesn't work for packages installed using python setup.py develop.
    – akaihola
    Dec 16, 2016 at 8:23

Two years later, most pip instances have show, however, not all packages have the installed-files.txt program for the subcommand to read.

A workaround is to fire up the python shell and do this:

>>> import eventlet
>>> eventlet.__path__

where "eventlet" is the package I installed with pip.


I use virtualenv with pip, so here are the steps I follow. Assume I'm working in the dave_venv virtual environment.

$ cat ~/.bashrc

export WORKON_HOME=/usr/local/virtualenvs

$ cd /usr/local/virtualenvs/dave_venv/lib/python2.6/site-packages
$ ls # This should show <your_package>.
$ cd <your_package>
$ ls # now you're looking at your package's files.
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    works in most cases, but not if the package installs any command-line scripts, which would end up in usr/local/bin.... also, some packages may install multiple modules...
    – hwjp
    Oct 31, 2012 at 11:33
  • @hwjp Do you know the answer to: Find which python package owns a binary?
    – Tom Hale
    Apr 27, 2019 at 6:26

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