Fix the "AttributeError: module object has no attribute 'Serial'" Error in Python

Fix the "AttributeError: module object has no attribute 'Serial'" Error in Python


Even if you're a seasoned Python developer, you'll occasionally encounter errors that can be pretty confusing. One such error is the AttributeError: module object has no attribute 'Serial'. This Byte will help you understand and resolve this issue.

Understanding the AttributeError

The AttributeError in Python is raised when you try to access or call an attribute that a module, class, or instance does not have. Specifically, the error AttributeError: module object has no attribute 'Serial' suggests that you're trying to access the Serial attribute from a module that doesn't possess it.

For instance, if you have a module named serial and you're trying to use the Serial attribute from it, you might encounter this error. Here's an example:

import serial

ser = serial.Serial('/dev/ttyUSB0')  # This line causes the error

In this case, the serial module you're importing doesn't have the Serial attribute, hence the AttributeError.

Note: It's important to understand that Python is case-sensitive. Serial and serial are not the same. If the attribute exists but you're using the wrong case, you'll also encounter an AttributeError.

Fixes for the Error

The good news is that this error is usually a pretty easy fix, even if it seems very confusing at first. Let's explore some of the solutions.

Install the Correct pyserial Module

One of the most common reasons for this error is the incorrect installation of the pyserial module. The Serial attribute is a part of the pyserial module, which is used for serial communication in Python.

You might have installed a module named serial instead of pyserial (this is more common than you think!). To fix this, you need to uninstall the incorrect module and install the correct one.

$ pip uninstall serial
$ pip install pyserial
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After running these commands, your issue may be resolved. Now you can import Serial from pyserial and use it in your code:

from pyserial import Serial

ser = Serial('/dev/ttyUSB0')  # This line no longer causes an error

If this didn't fix the error, keep reading.

Rename your File

For how much Python I've written in my career, you'd think that I wouldn't make this simple mistake as much as I do...

Another possibility is that the Python interpreter gets confused when there's a file in your project directory with the same name as a module you're trying to import. This is another common source of the AttributeError error.

Let's say, for instance, you have a file named in your project directory (or maybe your script itself is named When you try to import serial, Python might import your file instead of the pyserial module, leading to the AttributeError.

The solution here is simple - rename your file to something else.

$ mv


In this Byte, we've explored two common causes of the AttributeError: module object has no attribute 'Serial' error in Python: installing the wrong pyserial module, and having a file in your project directory that shares a name with a module you're trying to import. By installing the correct module or renaming conflicting files, you should be able to eliminate this error.

Last Updated: September 22nd, 2023
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