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How to Fix 'Python Setup.py egg_info' Failed with Error Code 1

Command 'python setup.py egg_info' failed with error code 1 is a commonly occurring issue that Python programmers face during package installation. This article gives you four easy methods to help with Command 'python setup.py egg_info' failed with error code 1. Suppose you lost your data while fixing this error. In that case, you will also see how to restore it using EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard software.

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Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Fix "Python Setup.py egg_info" Method 1. Check if Pip and Setuptools Are...Full steps
Method 2. Upgrade Pip...Full steps
Method 3. Upgrade Setuptools...Full steps
Method 4. Try to Install the ez_setup...Full steps
Restore Data After Fixing the Error Step 1. Run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. Choose the drive where you lost files and start scanning...Full steps

"Python Setup.py egg_info" Failed with Error Code 1

command python setup.py egg info failure

As a python programmer, you have to use and integrate various other programming packages in your code. By packages, it simply means adding different codes written by others to add functionality to your program.

While integrating others' code might sound hectic and challenging, it becomes easier with python package managers. But python programmers face "python setup.py egg_info" failed with error code 1 while installing packages.

Before you see how to fix "python setup.py egg_info" failed with error code 1, let's see why common reasons why this error occurs in the first place.

  • The issue with python package managers. The good news is that you do not have to manually add other programmers' code (packages) into your code. You can do this job using python package managers such as PIP and SetupTools. However, if they are not installed correctly, you can face a "python setup.py egg_info" failure with error code 1.
  • Using the old version of PIP. As you know, your package manager plays an important role when working with any programming language. Such is the case with python. If your python package manager PIP is outdated, you must update it. Otherwise, it will throw "python setup.py egg_info" failed with error code 1 while installing new packages.
  • Setuptools version issue. With the PIP Python package manager, it is crucial to install Setuptools' latest version. If you run an old version of Setuptools, it will also throw the "python setup.py egg_info" failed with error code 1.
  • Missing ez_setup. ez_setup is another essential module required for python programming. Your system must have it installed; otherwise, you can get "python setup.py egg_info" failed with error code 1.

Those mentioned above are some of the common causes of "python setup.py egg_info" failing with error code 1. Now you know the reasons, let's see how you can fix it.

4 Ways to "Python Setup.py egg_info" Failed with Error Code 1

The good news is that the workaround to fix the command "python setup.py egg_info" failed with error code 1 is simple. Our article introduces four easy methods to help you fix the error by yourself. Let's see each method below with a step-by-step guide. Make sure to follow the tutorials thoroughly and not miss any steps.

Method 1. Check if Pip and Setuptools Are Installed Correctly

PIP and Setuptools are python package managers. They help you add external libraries, packages, and already written code in your python program. If missing or installed incorrectly, these tools can cause the command "python setup.py egg_info" to fail with error code 1.

Therefore, you need to check if both PIP and Setuptools are installed correctly in your system. Follow the below steps to check if PIP and Setuptools are installed correctly on your computer.

Step 1. Open Command Line Interface (CMD) on your computer.

You can do that by pressing Windows + R key, which will open the Run window. In the Run window, type CMD and press the Enter key.

Step 2. In CMD, enter the command pip list.

Running pip list will enlist if you have pip and setuptools installed and their version numbers.

running pip

Once you see both pip and setuptools installed from the pip list command, you must compare the version numbers. Make sure that both have their latest version installed on your computer. If the version is old, follow the upcoming methods to upgrade both pip and setuptools.

Method 2. Upgrade Pip to Fix "Python Setup.py egg_info"

The previous method showed you how to check if PIP is installed on your computer. Furthermore, if you have PIP installed but with an older version, then there is a high chance that you are facing the command "python setup.py egg_info" failing with error code 1.

Therefore, you need to upgrade the PIP on your computer. You can easily upgrade PIP on your computer and fix the command "python setup.py egg_info," which failed with error code 1, by following the below steps.

Step 1. Open Command Line Interface (CMD) on your computer.

You can do that by pressing Windows + R key, which will open the Run window. In the Run window, type CMD and press the Enter key.

Step 2. In CMD, type python -m pip install -U pip.

upgrade pip

Running the command will upgrade the PIP package installed on your computer. After PIP is upgraded, you can go ahead and install python packages without facing the command "python setup.py egg_info" failed with error code 1 issue.

Method 3. Upgrade Setuptools to Fix "Python Setup.py egg_info"

Setuptools package manager needs similar care as the pip python package manager. If you found from method 1 in this article that you are running an old version of Setuptools, you need to update it to get rid of the command "python setup.py egg_info," which failed with error code 1.

Follow the below steps to upgrade Setuptools on your computer.

Step 1. Open Command Line Interface (CMD) on your computer.

You can do that by pressing Windows + R key, which will open the Run window. In the Run window, type CMD and press the Enter key.

Step 2. In CMD, type pip install -upgrade setuptools.

upgrading setuptools

After running the above command, your system will upgrade the Setuptools package. You can now install other packages without facing the command "python setup.py egg_info," which failed with the error code 1 issue.

Method 4. Try to Install the ez_setup

One major cause of the command "python setup.py egg_info" failing with error code 1 is due to the missing ez_setup module in your computer. Using pip package manager, you can easily install the ez_setup.

Follow the below steps to install the ez_setup on your computer using the pip package manager of python.

Step 1. Open Command Line Interface (CMD) on your computer.

You can do that by pressing Windows + R key, which will open the Run window. Then, in the Run window, type CMD and press the Enter key.

Step 2. In CMD, type the command pip install ez_setup 

After that, the ez_setup module will work on your computer. Next, try to install new python packages, and hopefully, you won't face the command "python setup.py egg_info" failing with the error code 1 issue.

installing ez setup

How to Restore Data After Fixing Python Error Code 1

The users of the python community have reported that the command "python setup.py egg_info" failed with error code 1 and has caused data loss on their computers. So, if you have encountered data loss while fixing this error, don't worry, as you can restore it. EaseUS free data recovery software is a highly recommended tool for recovering any file in Windows 11/10/8/7 caused by the command "python setup.py egg_info" failed with error code 1 issue.

The key features provided by EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard make it a highly recommendable tool. Let's see a few of its key features below.

  • EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard helps you recover any accidentally deleted data from your computer.
  • Data you lose during a Windows upgrade can be recovered with three steps.
  • Data from network-attached storage can be recovered (NAS).
  • Any external storage device, such as an external hard drive, can be used to retrieve data.

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Step 1. Run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. Choose the drive where you lost files and start scanning. This software allows you to recover lost data from all devices, including HDD, SSD, USB drive, SD card, pen drive, camera, etc.

select a location to scan

Step 2. Browse the full scan results. You can choose the file type you need by clicking on the file type filter. EaseUS data recovery software supports 1000+ file types like photos, videos, documents, emails, audio files, and many more. 

Choose files to recover

Step 3. Select the files you want to preview. Click "Recover" and set a storage location to save the recovered data. 

Recover lost data

Conclusion

While installing new packages, Python programmers face the command "python setup.py egg_info" failed with error code 1 issue. But, the good news is that you can fix this issue by following four easy methods. Whenever you face the command "python setup.py egg_info" failing with error code 1, check that pip and setup tools are installed on your computer and their latest version.

If you don't have the latest version, you need to upgrade both pip and setup tools. Also, ez_setup is another essential module present on your computer. You don't have to face the command "python setup.py egg_info" failed with error code 1 issue.

One more important thing is that you can restore data lost. For example, the command "python setup.py egg_info" failed with an error code 1 issue using EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, the free software. It is highly recommended and can recover your data from any scenario.

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