Fixing the 'AttributeError: Module 'asyncio' has no attribute 'run'' Issue: A Comprehensive Guide


If you have encountered the `AttributeError: Module 'asyncio' has no attribute 'run'` issue while working with asyncio in Python, don't panic. This guide will walk you through the steps to resolve this issue and get your code running smoothly.

## Table of Contents
1. [Understanding the Issue](#understanding-the-issue)
2. [Prerequisites](#prerequisites)
3. [Step-by-Step Solution](#step-by-step-solution)
4. [FAQs](#faqs)
5. [Related Links](#related-links)

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## Understanding the Issue

The `AttributeError: Module 'asyncio' has no attribute 'run'` error occurs when you are trying to use the `` function, which was introduced in Python 3.7. If you are using an older version of Python, you may encounter this error. 

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## Prerequisites

To follow this guide, you should have basic knowledge of Python and asyncio. You should also have Python installed on your system. If you don't have Python installed, you can download it from the [official Python website](

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## Step-by-Step Solution

1. **Check your Python version**

   First, you need to determine which version of Python you are using. Open your terminal or command prompt and run the following command:

python --version

If the output shows a version lower than Python 3.7, you will need to update your Python installation or use an alternative method to run your asyncio code.

2. **Update your Python version (optional)**

If you want to update your Python version, you can download the latest version from the [official Python website]( Follow the installation instructions provided, and make sure to update your system's PATH variable or environment, if necessary.

3. **Use an alternative method to run your asyncio code**

If you are unable or unwilling to update your Python version, you can use `asyncio.get_event_loop()` as an alternative to ``. Here's an example of how to modify your code:

import asyncio

async def my_coroutine():
    # Your asynchronous code here

# Instead of using, use the following code:
loop = asyncio.get_event_loop()

This alternative method is compatible with older versions of Python and should resolve the AttributeError issue.


Q1: Can I use asyncio with Python 2?

No, asyncio is only available in Python 3. It was introduced in Python 3.4 and is not compatible with Python 2. If you want to use asyncio, you will need to upgrade to Python 3.

Q2: Do I need to use an event loop with asyncio?

Yes, an event loop is the central component of the asyncio library. It schedules and runs asynchronous tasks, manages I/O operations, and handles system signals, among other things. When using asyncio, you will always need to use an event loop in some form, either explicitly or implicitly through functions like

Q3: What is the difference between and loop.run_until_complete()? is a higher-level function introduced in Python 3.7 that simplifies running an asynchronous function. It takes care of creating and closing an event loop and running the provided coroutine until it completes. On the other hand, loop.run_until_complete() is a lower-level function that requires you to create and manage the event loop yourself. It runs the provided coroutine until it completes but leaves the responsibility of closing the loop to the developer.

Q4: Can I use and loop.run_until_complete() interchangeably?

In most cases, yes. If you are using Python 3.7 or later, you can use as a simpler and more convenient alternative to loop.run_until_complete(). However, if you need more control over the event loop or want to maintain compatibility with older Python versions, you may prefer to use loop.run_until_complete().

Q5: Why am I still getting an AttributeError after updating Python?

If you have updated Python but are still encountering the AttributeError, you may need to update your system's PATH variable or environment to point to the new Python installation. You can also try running your code with the python3 command instead of python to ensure you are using the correct Python version.

  1. Python Official Documentation: asyncio
  2. Python Official Documentation:
  3. Python Official Documentation: loop.run_until_complete()
  4. Python Official Documentation: Upgrading Python
  5. Real Python: Async IO in Python: A Complete Walkthrough

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