Python – Cannot read an Excel file in pandas


I am using Juypter which I launch from the same directory which contains the notebook and Excel file. I use the following commands:

import pandas as pd
!ls      # Returns the contents of the working directory.  Use "dir" in a Windows.

Which returns:


I then use the following commands:

excel_file = 'Book1.xlsx'
df1 = pd.read_excel(excel_file)

But I get the following error:

ImportError                               Traceback (most recent call last)
<ipython-input-3-28585effb1ed> in <module>
      1 excel_file = 'Book1.xlsx'
----> 2 df1 = pd.read_excel(excel_file)

/usr/local/lib/python3.7/site-packages/pandas/util/ in wrapper(*args, **kwargs)
    206                 else:
    207                     kwargs[new_arg_name] = new_arg_value
--> 208             return func(*args, **kwargs)
    210         return wrapper

/usr/local/lib/python3.7/site-packages/pandas/io/excel/ in read_excel(io, sheet_name, header, names, index_col, usecols, squeeze, dtype, engine, converters, true_values, false_values, skiprows, nrows, na_values, keep_default_na, verbose, parse_dates, date_parser, thousands, comment, skip_footer, skipfooter, convert_float, mangle_dupe_cols, **kwds)
    309     if not isinstance(io, ExcelFile):
--> 310         io = ExcelFile(io, engine=engine)
    311     elif engine and engine != io.engine:
    312         raise ValueError(

/usr/local/lib/python3.7/site-packages/pandas/io/excel/ in __init__(self, io, engine)
    817         self._io = _stringify_path(io)
--> 819         self._reader = self._engines[engine](self._io)
    821     def __fspath__(self):

/usr/local/lib/python3.7/site-packages/pandas/io/excel/ in __init__(self, filepath_or_buffer)
     18         """
     19         err_msg = "Install xlrd >= 1.0.0 for Excel support"
---> 20         import_optional_dependency("xlrd", extra=err_msg)
     21         super().__init__(filepath_or_buffer)

/usr/local/lib/python3.7/site-packages/pandas/compat/ in import_optional_dependency(name, extra, raise_on_missing, on_version)
     91     except ImportError:
     92         if raise_on_missing:
---> 93             raise ImportError(message.format(name=name, extra=extra)) from None
     94         else:
     95             return None

ImportError: Missing optional dependency 'xlrd'. Install xlrd >= 1.0.0 for Excel support Use pip or conda to install xlrd.

Best Solution

You should install xlrd dependence.

pip install xlrd should do the trick for you.

Hope this helps!