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conda cheatsheet: manage Anaconda package like pro

The conda is the command-line interface tool for managing installations of various packages in Anaconda. Of course, Anaconda has GUI to manage everything. But GUI does not provide all the functionalities. Here comes the conda CLI tool for managing Anaconda packages.

conda basic commands

  • conda clean --all It clean tarballs garbage create by environments and clean disk space
  • conda update <package_name> update a package inside the environment
  • conda list list packages inside the environment
  • conda install -n <env_name> pandas Install package into an environment from default shell
  • pip install <package_name> Install a package from the python repo in the current environment.
  • conda install pandas=0.24.1 install package inside an environment

conda Environment commands

  • conda env list list the available environments
  • conda create --name <env_name> python Create conda environment
  • conda create -n <env_name> python=3.7 Create a environment based on Python 3.7
  • conda activate <env_name> Activate the environment
  • conda deactivate Deactivate the current environment

To reproduce the project including environment conda has environment files. conda calls it environment files.

  • conda env export --file environment.yml export the current environment to the current working directory
  • conda env create -n <env_name> environment.yml recreate an environment from the environment file form current directory

Note 1: If a package is not available on Anaconda Repository it can be installed from the python default repository using pip. It is also mentioned that pip does not possess all the features of conda packages.

Note 2: It is recommended to install all the packages we want to include in an environment at the time of environment creation. It helps avoid dependency conflicts.

Add conda environment to jupyter notebook

  1. conda create --name myEnv
  2. conda activate myEnv
  3. conda install -c anaconda ipykernel
  4. python -m ipykernel install --user --name=myEnv