I have an error when I want to run the 'LocalSimulator'. I am not inside AWS, its mean I runnig from Google Colab. The code is the same on the notebooks from 0_Getting_started

    # general imports
    import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
    %matplotlib inline

    # AWS imports: Import Braket SDK modules
    from braket.circuits import Circuit
    from braket.devices import LocalSimulator

    # build a Bell state with two qubits. Here 'cnot(control=0, target=1)' can be 
     simplified as 'cnot(0,1)'
    bell = Circuit().h(0).cnot(control=0, target=1)
    # set up device
    device = LocalSimulator()

    # run circuit
     result = device.run(bell, shots=1000).result()
    # get measurement shots
    counts = result.measurement_counts
    # print counts

And the result is

ValueError: Only the following devices are available dict_keys([])

  • $\begingroup$ Please clarify your specific problem or provide additional details to highlight exactly what you need. As it's currently written, it's hard to tell exactly what you're asking. $\endgroup$
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    Dec 22, 2023 at 7:05
  • $\begingroup$ Hi Sandra, we have not been able to reproduce the issue on our side. Could you tell us if @ryanhill1's solution fixed the problem? Otherwise, do you mind providing more guidance on how to reproduce it? Thanks $\endgroup$ Dec 29, 2023 at 16:50
  • $\begingroup$ oh! thanks. Yes the answer by @ryanhill1's worked. $\endgroup$ Jan 8 at 19:04

1 Answer 1


From the top-bar, click Runtime > Restart session, and then try again.

The error is coming from the _simulator_devices entry points dict returning empty when called on.

When you installed the amazon-braket-sdk in your Google Colab notebook, it registered its entry points in the environment. However, since Python's module system and the pkg_resources module in particular rely on internal caches for performance reasons, these new entry points weren't immediately visible to the already-running kernel. Restarting the kernel/session should fix the issue.

  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for your help. I wasn't sure if AWS worked externally to their website. But it's currently working, so thank you very much. It was something simple. $\endgroup$ Jan 8 at 19:06
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    $\begingroup$ @SandraRosales No problem! If my answer helped resolve could you mark it as accepted? Thanks! $\endgroup$
    – ryanhill1
    Jan 9 at 16:05

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