The conda cheatsheet contains the most important information about using conda, such as basic commands for creating and managing environments, installing packages, and importing and exporting environments.

See the conda cheatsheet PDF (3 MB) for a downloadable, single-page version.




It is recommended to create a new environment for any new project or workflow.

verify conda install and check version

conda info

update conda in base environment

conda update -n base conda

install latest anaconda distribution (see release notes)

conda install anaconda

create a new environment (tip: name environment descriptively)

conda create --name ENVNAME

activate environment (do this before installing packages)

conda activate ENVNAME

Channels and Packages#


Package dependencies and platform specifics are automatically resolved when using conda.

list installed packages

conda list

list installed packages with source info

conda list --show-channel-urls

update all packages

conda update --all

install a package from specific channel

conda install -c CHANNELNAME PKGNAME


install specific version of package

conda install PKGNAME=3.1.4

install package with AND logic

conda install “PKGNAME>2.5, <3.2”

install package with OR logic

conda install “PKGNAME [version=’2.5|3.2’]”

uninstall package

conda uninstall PKGNAME

view channel sources

conda config --show-sources

add channel

conda config --add channels CHANNELNAME

set default channel for pkg fetching (targets first channel in channel sources)

conda config --set channel_priority strict

Working with Conda Environments#


List environments at the beginning of your session. Environments with an asterisk are active.

list all environments and locations

conda info --envs

list all packages + source channels

conda list -n ENVNAME --show-channel-urls

install packages in environment

conda install -n ENVNAME PKGNAME1 PKGNAME2

remove package from environment

conda uninstall -n ENVNAME PKGNAME

update all packages in environment

conda update --all -n ENVNAME

Environment Management#


Specifying the environment name confines conda commands to that environment.

create environment with Python version

conda create -n ENVNAME python=3.10

clone environment

conda create --clone ENVNAME -n NEWENV

rename environment

conda rename -n ENVNAME NEWENVNAME

delete environment by name

conda remove -n ENVNAME --all

list revisions made to environment

conda list -n ENVNAME --revisions

restore environment to a revision

conda install -n ENVNAME --revision NUMBER

uninstall package from specific channel


Exporting Environments#


Name your export file after your environment to preserve your environment name.

cross-platform compatible

conda export --from-history>ENV.yml

platform + package specific

conda export ENVNAME>ENV.yml

platform + package + channel specific

conda list --explicit>ENV.txt

Importing Environments#


When importing an environment, conda resolves platform and package specifics.

from a .yml file

conda env create -n ENVNAME --file ENV.yml

from a .txt file

conda create -n ENVNAME --file ENV.txt

Additional Hints#

get help for any command

conda COMMAND --help

get info for any package

conda search PKGNAME --info

run commands w/o user prompt, e.g., installing multiple packages

conda COMMAND ARG --yes

conda install PKGNAME1 PKGNAME2 --yes

remove all unused files

conda clean --all

examine conda configuration

conda config --show