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Python Anaconda distribution Conda tips


Conda is an open source package management system and environment management system for installing multiple versions of software packages and their dependencies and switching easily between them. It works on Linux, OS X and Windows, and was created for Python programs but can package and distribute any software [1].

Conda is included in all versions of Anaconda, Anaconda Server, and Miniconda, and is not available separately [2].


There is a comprehensive documentation on Conda [3, 4] . Below is a small collection of useful commands.

General, Info

Check conda installation
$ conda info 
or version
$ conda -V
Installed packages
$ conda list
Installed package info
$ conda list pep8
Packages available for install
$ conda search
$ conda search scipy

Installing packages

install package, version
$ conda install matplotlib=1.2

Updating packages

Update package
$ conda update matplotlib
Update conda itself
$ conda update conda
Update Anaconda
$ conda update conda
$ conda update anaconda

Removing packages

Remove package
$ conda remove scipy


  1. Conda.
  2. Continuum downloads.
  3. Anaconda-Quickstart.
  4. Python Packages and Environments with conda.


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