Paho-MQTT with Python3.8 throwing error: AttributeError: module 'socks' has no attribute 'HTTP'

Hi Pythonanywhere fellows,

I'd like to subscribe to a TheThingsNetwork topic using the MQTT API:

The Api works fine for me using the paho-mqtt client: My code looks as follows:

import context
import paho.mqtt.subscribe as subscribe
import time
import re
import json

while True:
    m = subscribe.simple(topics=['#'], hostname="", port=1883, auth={'username':"mycrazyusername@ttn",'password':"mycrazypw"}, msg_count=2)
    for a in m:
        payload = json.loads(a.payload)

I am receiving following error that relates to the socks module:

 File "/home/Markovicz/.local/lib/python3.8/site-packages/paho/mqtt/", line 262, in simple
    callback(_on_message_simple, topics, qos, userdata, hostname, port,
  File "/home/Markovicz/.local/lib/python3.8/site-packages/paho/mqtt/", line 174, in callback
    client.connect(hostname, port, keepalive)
  File "/home/Markovicz/.local/lib/python3.8/site-packages/paho/mqtt/", line 941, in connect
    return self.reconnect()
  File "/home/Markovicz/.local/lib/python3.8/site-packages/paho/mqtt/", line 1075, in reconnect
    sock = self._create_socket_connection()
  File "/home/Markovicz/.local/lib/python3.8/site-packages/paho/mqtt/", line 3533, in _create_socket_connection
    proxy = self._get_proxy()
  File "/home/Markovicz/.local/lib/python3.8/site-packages/paho/mqtt/", line 3494, in _get_proxy
    if self._proxy_is_valid(self._proxy):
  File "/home/Markovicz/.local/lib/python3.8/site-packages/paho/mqtt/", line 3483, in _proxy_is_valid
    return check(p.get("proxy_type"), p.get("proxy_addr"))
  File "/home/Markovicz/.local/lib/python3.8/site-packages/paho/mqtt/", line 3480, in check
    t in set([socks.HTTP, socks.SOCKS4, socks.SOCKS5]) and a)
AttributeError: module 'socks' has no attribute 'HTTP'

Do you have any ideas how to fix that?

This error has previously been reported here:

Update: I've tested the command with python 3.6 and receive exactly the same error.

I suspect this may be an issue that is because of something that we have pre-installed. There are a lot of packages that provide the socks module and I could not find out which one paho-mqtt needs. Try using a virtualenv, so that you are not interacting with the pre-installed packages and see if that helps.