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Azure CLI can’t find antlr4 python library

I’m trying to run up a VM on Azure using CLI commands on my Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal) workstation. I’m following the official instructions. On running the ‘az vm create’ command, I get the following error:

The command failed with an unexpected error. Here is the traceback:

No module named 'antlr4'
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/knack/", line 206, in invoke
    cmd_result = self.invocation.execute(args)
  File "/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/azure/cli/core/commands/", line 528, in execute
  File "/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/azure/cli/core/", line 300, in load_arguments
    loader.load_arguments(command)  # this adds entries to the argument registries
  File "/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/azure/cli/command_modules/vm/", line 31, in load_arguments
    from azure.cli.command_modules.vm._params import load_arguments
  File "/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/azure/cli/command_modules/vm/", line 31, in <module>
    from azure.cli.command_modules.monitor.actions import get_period_type
  File "/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/azure/cli/command_modules/monitor/", line 7, in <module>
    import antlr4
ModuleNotFoundError: No module named 'antlr4'

Looks like the Azure CLI packages for Ubuntu have a dependency on ‘antlr4’ python library, and that isn’t being packaged or distributed upstream for whatever reason. In my case I’m using the Ubuntu Focal (20.04) series.

After much hunting for ‘proper’ packages, it turned out the simple solution was just to…

sudo pip3 install antlr4-python3-runtime

That’s all folks!