This page provides an overview of how to use conda. For an overview of what conda is and what it does, please see the front page.

The quickest way to start using conda is to go through the 20-minute Getting started with conda guide.

The conda command is the primary interface for managing installations of various packages. It can:

  • Query and search the Anaconda package index and current Anaconda installation.
  • Create new conda environments.
  • Install and update packages into existing conda environments.

TIP: You can abbreviate many frequently used command options that are preceded by 2 dashes (--) to just 1 dash and the first letter of the option. So --name and -n are the same, and --envs and -e are the same.

For full usage of each command, including abbreviations, see Command reference. You can see the same information at the command line by viewing the command-line help.