Fixing Modulenotfounderror: Step-by-Step Guide to Resolve 'No Module Named Torchtext.legacy' Issue

In this guide, we will walk you through the steps to resolve the "ModuleNotFoundError: No module named 'torchtext.legacy'" issue. This error occurs when you try to import the torchtext.legacy module, but your Python environment does not have the required package installed or the package version is outdated.

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Before we begin, make sure you have the following prerequisites:

  • Python 3.6 or higher installed on your system.
  • Access to the terminal or command prompt.

Step 1: Check the Package Installation

First, check if the torchtext package is installed in your Python environment. Open the terminal or command prompt and enter the following command:

pip list | grep torchtext

If the package is installed, you will see an output like this:

torchtext          0.9.0

If you don't see any output, you need to install the torchtext package. You can do this by running the following command:

pip install torchtext


Step 2: Update the Torchtext Package

The torchtext.legacy module was introduced in version 0.8.0 of the torchtext package. If your installed version is older than 0.8.0, you need to update the package.

To update the torchtext package, run the following command:

pip install --upgrade torchtext

This command will update the torchtext package to the latest version available.

Step 3: Verify the Fix

After updating the torchtext package, you can verify if the issue is resolved by running a simple Python script that imports the torchtext.legacy module.

Create a new Python file named and add the following code:

import torchtext.legacy
print("Torchtext legacy module imported successfully!")

Save the file and run the script using the following command:


If the issue is resolved, you should see the following output:

Torchtext legacy module imported successfully!


Why do I need the torchtext.legacy module?

The torchtext.legacy module contains the legacy code of the torchtext package that has been deprecated or removed from the main package. If your code relies on the older version of torchtext, you may need to use the torchtext.legacy module to maintain compatibility.

Can I use both torchtext and torchtext.legacy in my code?

Yes, you can use both modules in your code, but it is not recommended. If possible, you should update your code to use the latest torchtext functionalities and remove the dependency on the torchtext.legacy module.

How do I know if my code is compatible with the latest torchtext version?

You can check the official documentation and the migration guide to see if your code needs to be updated.

Can I install a specific version of the torchtext package?

Yes, you can install a specific version of the package by specifying the version number in the pip install command. For example, to install version 0.8.1, you can use the following command:

pip install torchtext==0.8.1

What are the alternatives to torchtext?

There are several alternatives to torchtext for working with text data in PyTorch, such as Hugging Face's Transformers and AllenNLP. These libraries provide more advanced functionalities and support for various natural language processing tasks.

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