pyCharm - Conda environment issue with tensorflow


I have created a virtual environment via anaconda, when i activate it from command prompt, and then run 'import tensorflow as tf' it works fine, but when i try do the same via either pyCharm (interpreter is pointing to the correct environment's python.exe) or when i try to run same command in envs/env_name/python.exe it fails with same error

Working via cmd (screen 1)


Error in environment's python.exe (screen 2)


Error in pyCahrm (screen 3, same error)

I am using windows 10. please could you elaborate what exactly activate env_name do ? and how to resolve this issue ?


Error in

ImportError: DLL load failed: The specified module could not be found.

Failed to load the native TensorFlow runtime.

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Hi! As you can see from my post it is not only conda. I'm sure it is the same problem. So, please, vote for my post, because I posted earlier.

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In fact, this problem is only Conda specific. 

The problem is caused by known issue It should be fixed in 2019.1 version. We have realised our EAP build which has a fix for it. Would you mind give it a try?

You can download it from


Please note, that you can have multiple PyCharm installations at the same time. So you don't need to uninstall current stable version to install EAP build.

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kudos! thanks a lot Sergey Karpov! steps below helped as a workaround, which was mentioned in

  • run import os in the system terminal using the same interpreter
  • run print(os.environ['PATH'])
  • copy the result and add as PATH environment variable to your Run/Debug Configuration
  • do the same for Python Console settings to get it working too.

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