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Cannot import name _uuid_generate_random in heroku django

Posted by: admin November 30, 2017 Leave a comment


I am working on a project which scans user gmail inbox and provides a report. I have deployed it in heroku with following specs:

Language: Python 2.7

Framework: Django 1.8

Task scheduler: Celery (Rabbitmq-bigwig for broker url)

Now when heroku execute it the celery is not giving me the output. On Heroku push its showing Collectstatic configuration error. I have tried using whitenoise package

Also tried executing: heroku run python manage.py collectstatic –dry-run –noinput
Still getting the same error.

$ heroku run python manage.py collectstatic –noinput gave the following
details of the error.

File "manage.py", line 10, in <module>
File "/app/.heroku/python/lib/python2.7/site-packages/django/core/management/__init__.py", line 338, in execute_from_command_line
File "/app/.heroku/python/lib/python2.7/site-packages/django/core/management/__init__.py", line 303, in execute
File "/app/.heroku/python/lib/python2.7/site-packages/django/conf/__init__.py", line 48, in __getattr__
File "/app/.heroku/python/lib/python2.7/site-packages/django/conf/__init__.py", line 44, in _setup
self._wrapped = Settings(settings_module)
File "/app/.heroku/python/lib/python2.7/site-packages/django/conf/__init__.py", line 92, in __init__
mod = importlib.import_module(self.SETTINGS_MODULE)
File "/app/.heroku/python/lib/python2.7/importlib/__init__.py", line 37, in import_module
File "/app/salesblocker/__init__.py", line 5, in <module>
from .celery import app as celery_app 
File "/app/salesblocker/celery.py", line 5, in <module>
from celery import Celery
File "/app/.heroku/python/lib/python2.7/site-packages/celery/__init__.py", line 131, in <module>
from celery import five  # noqa
File "/app/.heroku/python/lib/python2.7/site-packages/celery/five.py", line 153, in <module>
from kombu.utils.compat import OrderedDict  # noqa
File "/app/.heroku/python/lib/python2.7/site-packages/kombu/utils/__init__.py", line 19, in <module>
from uuid import UUID, uuid4 as _uuid4, _uuid_generate_random
ImportError: cannot import name _uuid_generate_random

I have also tried to rollback heroku commit to previous working commit and cloned that code but on the next commit(changes:removed a media image from the media folder) its showing the same error again.

Thanks in advance


You are coming across this issue, which affects Python 2.7.11 (Kombu is required by Celery).

The issue is fixed in Kombu 3.0.30.


While upgrading kombu is the ideal option, if you are stuck with older dependencies that don’t allow for this, placing this at the top of my settings.py worked for me:

import uuid
uuid._uuid_generate_random = None

This works because _uuid_generate_random was removed here, and this simply restores the default value. This hack seems reasonable as Kombu only checks this to work around a bug resolved in 2007, and if you need this fix because of a recent Python update, you inherently aren’t affected 🙂


Yes, the issue Alasdair mentioned was responsible for the error. I solved the problem in my project by following this workflow to keep only the essential requirements-to-freeze.txt where I list Celery, but not its dependencies like Kombu.

Then, it’s enough to upgrade the essential packages and then re-freeze the full list of dependencies with the working Kombu version.

pip install --upgrade -r requirements-to-freeze.txt
pip freeze > requirements.txt

And test things to make sure the upgrade didn’t break something else 😉