The fastest way to obtain conda is to install Miniconda, a mini version of Anaconda that includes only conda and its dependencies. If you prefer to have conda plus over 7,500 open-source packages, install Anaconda.

We recommend you install Anaconda for the local user, which does not require administrator permissions and is the most robust type of installation. You can also install Anaconda system wide, which does require administrator permissions.

For information on using our graphical installers for Windows or macOS, see the instructions for installing Anaconda.

System requirements#

  • 32- or 64-bit computer

  • For Miniconda: 400 MB disk space

  • For Anaconda: Minimum 3 GB disk space to download and install

  • Windows, macOS, or Linux

  • For Windows: Windows 8.1 or newer for Python 3.9, or Windows Vista or newer for Python 3.8


You do not need administrative or root permissions to install Anaconda if you select a user-writable install location.

Regular installation#

Follow the instructions for your operating system:

Installing in silent mode#

You can use silent installation of Miniconda or Anaconda for deployment or testing or building services, such as GitHub Actions.

Follow the silent-mode instructions for your operating system:

Installing conda on a system that has other Python installations or packages#

You do not need to uninstall other Python installations or packages in order to use conda. Even if you already have a system Python, another Python installation from a source such as the macOS Homebrew package manager and globally installed packages from pip such as pandas and NumPy, you do not need to uninstall, remove, or change any of them before using conda.

Install Anaconda or Miniconda normally, and let the installer add the conda installation of Python to your PATH environment variable. There is no need to set the PYTHONPATH environment variable.

To see if the conda installation of Python is in your PATH variable:

  • On Windows, open an Anaconda Prompt and run echo %PATH%

  • On macOS and Linux, open the terminal and run echo $PATH

To see which Python installation is currently set as the default:

  • On Windows, open an Anaconda Prompt and run where python

  • On macOS and Linux, open the terminal and run which python

To see which packages are installed in your current conda environment and their version numbers, in your terminal window or an Anaconda Prompt, run conda list.