Solving "ImportError: Solve Numba's NumPy 1.20 Requirement" Issue

In this guide, we will help you resolve the common ImportError that occurs when using Numba with NumPy 1.20. We will walk you through the steps to identify the issue and provide a step-by-step solution. By the end of this guide, you will be able to use Numba seamlessly with NumPy 1.20.

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Identifying the Issue

When using Numba with NumPy 1.20, you might encounter the following ImportError:

ImportError: Numba requires at least version 1.20.0 of NumPy.

This error occurs because Numba has a specific requirement for NumPy version 1.20 or higher. If you have an older version of NumPy installed, you may experience this issue.

Step-by-Step Solution

To resolve this ImportError, follow these steps:

Step 1: Check your current versions

First, check the current versions of Numba and NumPy installed in your environment. You can do this by running the following commands in your terminal or command prompt:

pip show numba
pip show numpy

Note down the versions for both Numba and NumPy.

Step 2: Downgrade NumPy to version 1.19

If you have NumPy 1.20 installed, you need to downgrade it to version 1.19, which is compatible with the current version of Numba. To downgrade NumPy, run the following command:

pip install numpy==1.19

Step 3: Upgrade Numba

After downgrading NumPy, you need to upgrade Numba to the latest version to ensure compatibility with NumPy 1.19. To upgrade Numba, run the following command:

pip install --upgrade numba

Once you have completed these steps, the ImportError should be resolved, and you can continue using Numba with NumPy 1.19 seamlessly.


What is Numba?

Numba is an open-source Just-In-Time (JIT) compiler that translates a subset of Python and NumPy code into machine code at runtime, allowing you to execute your code at native machine speed. It's particularly useful for speeding up numerical computations in Python. You can find more information about Numba here.

Why do I need to downgrade NumPy instead of upgrading it?

Numba has specific requirements for the NumPy version it works with. At the time of writing this guide, Numba is compatible with NumPy 1.19 but not with version 1.20. Downgrading NumPy ensures compatibility with the current version of Numba.

How do I install Numba?

You can install Numba using pip by running the following command:

pip install numba

Can I use Numba with other Python libraries?

Yes, Numba is compatible with many other Python libraries, such as SciPy, scikit-learn, and Pandas. However, it's essential to check the compatibility of Numba with the specific library version you are using.

How do I know if Numba is working correctly?

You can test Numba by running a simple script that uses the @jit decorator, which activates the JIT compiler. Here's an example:

from numba import jit
import numpy as np

def sum_array(arr):
    total = 0
    for i in range(arr.shape[0]):
        total += arr[i]
    return total

arr = np.arange(100000)

If the script runs without any issues, Numba is working correctly.

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