Conda treats Python the same as any other package, so it is easy to manage and update multiple installations.
Anaconda supports Python 3.7, 3.8, 3.9 and 3.10. The current default is Python 3.9.
Viewing a list of available Python versions
To list the versions of Python that are available to install, in your terminal window or an Anaconda Prompt, run:
conda search python
This lists all packages whose names contain the text
To list only the packages whose full name is exactly
--full-name option. In your terminal window or an Anaconda Prompt,
conda search --full-name python
Installing a different version of Python
To install a different version of Python without overwriting the current version, create a new environment and install the second Python version into it:
Create the new environment:
To create the new environment for Python 3.9, in your terminal window or an Anaconda Prompt, run:
conda create -n py39 python=3.9 anaconda
py39with the name of the environment you want to create.
anacondais the metapackage that includes all of the Python packages comprising the Anaconda distribution.
python=3.9is the package and version you want to install in this new environment. This could be any package, such as
numpy=1.19, or multiple packages.
Verify that the new environment is your current environment.
To verify that the current environment uses the new Python version, in your terminal window or an Anaconda Prompt, run:
To use the PyPy builds you can do the following:
conda config --add channels conda-forge conda config --set channel_priority strict conda create -n pypy pypy conda activate pypy
Using a different version of Python
To switch to an environment that has different version of Python, activate the environment.
Updating or upgrading Python
Use the terminal or an Anaconda Prompt for the following steps.
If you are in an environment with Python version 3.4.2, the following command updates Python to the latest version in the 3.4 branch:
conda update python
The following command upgrades Python to another branch---3.8---by installing that version of Python. It is not recommended, rather it is preferable to create a new environment. The resolver has to work very hard to determine exactly which packages to upgrade. But it is possible, and the command is:
conda install python=3.8