I try to get python support in gvim on windows to work with the help of this binary distribution.
First I got the error python27.dll could not be located, what I successfully fixed by copying python27.dll to the vim74 directory.
Although :echo has('python') returns 1 now, if I try to execute :py print(1) I get this error:

Sorry, this command is disabled, the Pythons's site module could not be loaded

I just don't understand what Vim is trying to tell me by that and what the problem is.

I'm using vim 7.4.1817 64bit with +python/dyn & +python3/dyn and python 2.7.9 64bit (the newer python 2.7.11 64bit produces the same behaviour)

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    Did you install a "full" python "distribution"? If not, do so, if yes, don't move the DLL to Vim, but make the path to python executables/dlls folder available to Vim by adding it to Windows PATH environment variable. Also check if you don't have other python distribution path in PATH, and remove it.
    – VanLaser
    May 7, 2016 at 19:02
  • what do you consider a 'full' python 'distribution'. I never installed python before, but ill add it to my path
    – sro5h
    May 7, 2016 at 19:04
  • E.g. something downloadable from here: activestate.com/activepython/downloads (just an example) (of course, restart Vim after modifying Windows' PATH).
    – VanLaser
    May 7, 2016 at 19:05
  • I downloaded the 64bit installer from here. Adding the python directory to my path produces the same behaviour as copying the dll as far as I can tell
    – sro5h
    May 7, 2016 at 19:07

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I installed gvim from here and Python 2.7.9 and it works like a charm now.
I will further try to make it portable and edit the question if I succeed

From my experience trying to get python in gvim under windows to work, I have to say that there seems to be a problem with the 2.7.11 version and gvim 7.4.x


Running with the Chocolatey package vim-tux on Windows 7, I was getting the same error. I fixed the problem by running this command (be warned: this is registry editing):

reg copy HKLM\SOFTWARE\Python\PythonCore\2.7 HKLM\SOFTWARE\Python\PythonCore\2.7-32 /s /reg:64

I found this solution on this forum.

  • I will look into it and see if it helps
    – sro5h
    May 26, 2016 at 20:25

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