I'm having the hardest time trying to import a few things. I have an addon that has multiple files all under one folder with an __init__.py in the base. I'm performing all of these imports from this __init__.py. The addon folder resides in my addon folder as scripts/addons/RLD_Toolkit

My directory hierarchy looks like this Directory Hierarchy

The part of the script where it errors

def register():
    #These imports do not work
    from . import rld_panel
    import rld_panel

    #This import does work
    import RLD_Toolkit.rld_panel

The error I'm getting is

Import Error: cannot import name `rld_panel`

Why won't it perform the relative imports (or even the straight up import) from my __init__.py?

Edit: Here's a printout of my globals() variables and sys.path globals and path

  • $\begingroup$ My guess: Blender screws up the pythonpath. Print it and see if it makes sense. $\endgroup$
    – Mörkö
    Sep 5, 2015 at 6:08
  • $\begingroup$ @user277143 Updated post with printout of globals and sys.path $\endgroup$
    – Cobertos
    Sep 5, 2015 at 6:13
  • $\begingroup$ As you can see, the folder you are in isn't in the import path. As addons is in the python path, saying import RLD_Toolkit.rld_panel imports from the module (that is the whole folder with your init.py) the file rld_panel.py. I would advise you to add the current folder into the path. $\endgroup$
    – Mörkö
    Sep 5, 2015 at 6:15
  • $\begingroup$ I'm confused? You're talking about __path__ right? That's the folder with all my stuff in it. $\endgroup$
    – Cobertos
    Sep 5, 2015 at 6:16
  • $\begingroup$ Nope. path is the path of the file. When you try to import things, python looks in sys.path, which doesn't contain the folder. $\endgroup$
    – Mörkö
    Sep 5, 2015 at 6:18

1 Answer 1


To answer the question, you will have to add the line:


before importing anything. This will add the current folder into the path Python looks in for imports. Then you can import files with:

import foo

instead of:

from bar import foo


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    $\begingroup$ This fixes it. Can you provide any insight as to why this won't work for me yet I have two other addons that perform normal relative imports and it works? Python + Blender is kind of a mystery to me sometimes so some speculation on the inner workings would be helpful to know. $\endgroup$
    – Cobertos
    Sep 5, 2015 at 6:26
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    $\begingroup$ No living being can hope to understand what happens inside Blender. Turn around, mortal. Your quest is hopeless. $\endgroup$
    – Mörkö
    Sep 5, 2015 at 6:28
  • $\begingroup$ I need to publish an update to this with code samples, through browsing the Blender Python bindings and trial and error, I've kind of come up with a home brew relative import system that even supports reloading (as long as your code is written in a specific way that doesn't reuse globals and unregisters everything properly). $\endgroup$
    – Cobertos
    Dec 15, 2017 at 18:21
  • $\begingroup$ This doesn't work with currently Blender / Python. It doesn't recognize __path__ anymore. $\endgroup$ Sep 28, 2021 at 0:19

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