Deprecations and removals

This page lists Pillow features that are deprecated, or have been removed in past major releases, and gives the alternatives to use instead.

Deprecated features

Below are features which are considered deprecated. Where appropriate, a DeprecationWarning is issued.


Deprecated since version 7.2.0.

IOError was merged into OSError in Python 3.3. So, ImageFile.raise_ioerror is now deprecated and will be removed in a future released. Use ImageFile.raise_oserror instead.


Deprecated since version 5.2.0.

PILLOW_VERSION has been deprecated and will be removed in a future release. Use __version__ instead.

It was initially removed in Pillow 7.0.0, but brought back in 7.1.0 to give projects more time to upgrade.

ImageCms.CmsProfile attributes

Deprecated since version 3.2.0.

Some attributes in ImageCms.CmsProfile are deprecated. From 6.0.0, they issue a DeprecationWarning:

Deprecated Use instead
color_space Padded xcolor_space
pcs Padded connection_space
product_copyright Unicode copyright
product_desc Unicode profile_description
product_description Unicode profile_description
product_manufacturer Unicode manufacturer
product_model Unicode model

Removed features

Deprecated features are only removed in major releases after an appropriate period of deprecation has passed.

Python 2.7

Removed in version 7.0.0.

Python 2.7 reached end-of-life on 2020-01-01. Pillow 6.x was the last series to support Python 2.


Removed in version 7.0.0.

Implicitly closing the image’s underlying file in Image.__del__ has been removed. Use a context manager or call Image.close() instead to close the file in a deterministic way.

Previous method:

im ="hopper.png")"out.jpg")

Use instead:

with"hopper.png") as im:"out.jpg")

PIL.*ImagePlugin.__version__ attributes

Removed in version 7.0.0.

The version constants of individual plugins have been removed. Use PIL.__version__ instead.

Removed Removed Removed
BmpImagePlugin.__version__ Jpeg2KImagePlugin.__version__ PngImagePlugin.__version__
CurImagePlugin.__version__ JpegImagePlugin.__version__ PpmImagePlugin.__version__
DcxImagePlugin.__version__ McIdasImagePlugin.__version__ PsdImagePlugin.__version__
EpsImagePlugin.__version__ MicImagePlugin.__version__ SgiImagePlugin.__version__
FliImagePlugin.__version__ MpegImagePlugin.__version__ SunImagePlugin.__version__
FpxImagePlugin.__version__ MpoImagePlugin.__version__ TgaImagePlugin.__version__
GdImageFile.__version__ MspImagePlugin.__version__ TiffImagePlugin.__version__
GifImagePlugin.__version__ PalmImagePlugin.__version__ WmfImagePlugin.__version__
IcoImagePlugin.__version__ PcdImagePlugin.__version__ XbmImagePlugin.__version__
ImImagePlugin.__version__ PcxImagePlugin.__version__ XpmImagePlugin.__version__
ImtImagePlugin.__version__ PdfImagePlugin.__version__ XVThumbImagePlugin.__version__
IptcImagePlugin.__version__ PixarImagePlugin.__version__  

PyQt4 and PySide

Removed in version 7.0.0.

Qt 4 reached end-of-life on 2015-12-19. Its Python bindings are also EOL: PyQt4 since 2018-08-31 and PySide since 2015-10-14.

Support for PyQt4 and PySide has been removed from ImageQt. Please upgrade to PyQt5 or PySide2.

Setting the size of TIFF images

Removed in version 7.0.0.

Setting the size of a TIFF image directly (eg. im.size = (256, 256)) throws an error. Use Image.resize instead.

VERSION constant

Removed in version 6.0.0.

VERSION (the old PIL version, always 1.1.7) has been removed. Use __version__ instead.

Undocumented ImageOps functions

Removed in version 6.0.0.

Several undocumented functions in ImageOps have been removed. Use the equivalents in ImageFilter instead:

Removed Use instead
ImageOps.box_blur ImageFilter.BoxBlur
ImageOps.gaussian_blur ImageFilter.GaussianBlur
ImageOps.gblur ImageFilter.GaussianBlur
ImageOps.usm ImageFilter.UnsharpMask
ImageOps.unsharp_mask ImageFilter.UnsharpMask


Removed in version 6.0.0.

PIL.OleFileIO was removed as a vendored file and in Pillow 4.0.0 (2017-01) in favour of the upstream olefile Python package, and replaced with an ImportError in 5.0.0 (2018-01). The deprecated file has now been removed from Pillow. If needed, install from PyPI (eg. python3 -m pip install olefile).