Using Anaconda Repository (AER 2.31)

Installing anaconda-client

NOTE: Anaconda Client is NOT necessary to search for and download packages.

The Anaconda client command line interface (CLI) is used in a Terminal window to build and upload packages, connect to and manage your Anaconda Repository account from a Terminal window, upload packages you have created, and generate access tokens to manage access to private packages.

This tool can be installed in three ways: with conda, with PIP, or with PIP from source. We recommend using conda.

Option 1, conda:

conda install anaconda-client

Option 2, PIP:

pip install anaconda-client

Option 3, installing with pip from source:

pip install git+

After installing, view the complete list of CLI tasks with this command:

anaconda -h


All files uploaded to Anaconda Repository are stored in packages. Each Anaconda Repository package is visible at its own unique URL based on the name of the user who owns the package and the name of the package.

For example, if a user “travis” uploads a test package named “testpkg”, it will be visible at https://<your-anaconda-repo>/travis/testpkg.

These Anaconda Repository packages may contain multiple files, and these files may be data files such as comma separated value (CSV), tab separated value (TSV), or text (TXT), or package files such as conda packages, PyPI packages, or R packages.

Users can create an Anaconda Repository package, and then upload files into it.

Deleting packages through the user interface

  1. Select Packages from the Tools pull-down menu.

  2. Optional: Select All for Type under Filters if the packages to delete are not visible.

  3. Click the checkbox next to the packages to delete.

  4. Click Delete.

  5. Enter the account name in the confirmation popup and click Delete to permanently delete the selected package(s).

    Warning: There is no undo for deleting a package.

Setting access for packages through the user interface

  1. Select Packages from the Tools pull-down menu.
  2. Optional: Select All for Type under Filters if the packages you want to change access for are not visible.
  3. Click the checkbox next to the packages to change access for.
  4. Click Set access, then select either Public or Private from the resulting popup menu.


Each user and organization has their own location called a user namespace where they may host packages. You can view the public packages in a user or organization’s namespace by navigating to their user page.

EXAMPLE: The travis user namespace located at https://<your-anaconda-repo>/travis contains packages that were uploaded and shared by the user whose account is named Travis.

NOTE: All packages are public if uploaded by users of free accounts. Packages may be designated as private by upgrading to a paid account.

Anaconda Repository supports two package managers, conda and PyPI. To work with conda or PyPI packages, you must use their corresponding subdomains:

  • To install conda packages from the user travis, use the repository url https://conda.<your-anaconda-repo>/travis
  • To install pypi packages from the user travis, use the repository url https://pypi.<your-anaconda-repo>/travis


The use of labels allows package authors to upload files for development or testing purposes without affecting non-development users.

Each file within a package may be tagged with one or more labels, or not tagged at all to accept the default label.

The default label is main, so packages that are uploaded without specifying a label are automatically labeled “main”.

The version labeled main is also downloaded by default, unless a user specifies a different label. So, if a file is labeled main then the label name may be omitted from the URL. For example the following repositories are equivalent:

  • https://<your-anaconda-repo>/sean/label/main
  • https://<your-anaconda-repo>/sean

Commands such as conda install can be used with a channel or used with a channel and a label:

conda install --channel sean selenium
conda install --channel sean/label/dev selenium
conda install --channel sean/label/stable selenium

Conda packages


This example shows how to build and upload a conda package to Anaconda Repository using conda build.

Before you start, install Anaconda client and conda build:

conda install anaconda-client conda-build

Now choose the repository you would like to build the package for. In this example we’ll use a simple public conda test package:

git clone
cd anaconda-client/example-packages/conda/

In this directory we can see two required files: meta.yaml and (for Linux or Mac) or bld.bat (for Windows).

To build the package, turn off automatic anaconda-client uploading, and then run the conda build command:

conda config --set anaconda_upload no
conda build .

All packages built in this way are placed in a subdirectory of Anaconda’s conda-bld directory. You can check where the resulting file was placed with the --output option:

conda build . --output

Now upload the test package to Anaconda Repository with the anaconda upload command:

anaconda login
anaconda upload /path/to/conda-package.tar.bz2

You may also wish to read the articles Building conda packages and Tutorials on conda build for more information on conda’s overall build framework.


Install conda packages from Anaconda Repository by adding channels to your conda config.

Conda knows how to interact with Anaconda Repository. Specifying the channel sean translates to https://<your-anaconda-repo>/sean:

conda config --add channels sean

Now you can install public conda packages from sean’s Anaconda Repository account. Try installing the testci package at https://<your-anaconda-repo>/sean/testci:

conda install testci

PyPI packages

Uploading PyPI packages

We can test PyPI package uploading with a small public example package saved in the anaconda-client repository.

Begin by cloning the repository from the command line:

git clone
cd conda-server/example-packages/pypi/

Now you can create your PyPI package with the script:

python sdist

The package has now been built as a source tarball and is ready to be uploaded:

anaconda upload dist/*.tar.gz

Your package is now available at http://<your-anaconda-repo>/USERNAME/PACKAGE.

Installing PyPI packages

The best way to install a PyPI package is using pip. For the following, we will use the package we authored in the examples above:

pip install --extra-index-url https://pypi.<your-anaconda-repo>/USERNAME/simple pypi-test-package
Installing private PyPI packages

The best way to manage access or make PyPI and other packages private is to create Organizations or Groups, which allow you to set separate permissions per package, notebook or environment.

You can also control access with the token system.

All Anaconda Repository urls can be prefixed with /t/$TOKEN to access private packages:

TOKEN=$(anaconda auth --create --name YOUR-TOKEN-NAME)
pip install --index-url https://pypi.<your-anaconda-repo>/t/$TOKEN/USERNAME/simple test-package

NOTE: Replace YOUR-TOKEN-NAME with a name for the token and replace $TOKEN with the actual random string generated when you created the token.

Uploading packages

To upload package files to Anaconda Repository use the anaconda-client command line interface and the upload command:

anaconda login
anaconda upload PACKAGENAME

Anaconda Repository automatically detects packages and notebooks, package or notebook types, and their versions.

Your package is now available at: https://<your-anaconda-repo>/<USERNAME>/<PACKAGENAME>

Your package can be also downloaded by anyone using the Anaconda CLI:

anaconda download USERNAME/PACKAGENAME

Private packages

By default all packages, notebooks and environments uploaded to Anaconda Repository are accessible to anyone who has access to the repository.

Packages uploaded to your user channel on Anaconda Repository can be marked as private through the Web UI by selecting the package, clicking the Settings tab and clicking Admin from the sidebar.

Alternatively, you can reach this page with the following URL:


NOTE: Jupyter Notebooks and conda environments can also be marked private using this procedure and URL.

Other Anaconda Repository users may access your private packages either with tokens or by logging in.

Private packages with tokens

To make your private packages available to be accessed with tokens, first create an access token that includes the following scope for the Anaconda client CLI:


or in your web browser with:

Allow private downloads from Conda repositories

The token is a random alphanumeric string and this is used to install a package or add a channel from which you wish to install private packages.

Using the provided token a user’s channel can be added to the config with:

conda config --add channels https://conda.<your-anaconda-repo>/t/<token>/<channel>

The token can also be used to install packages without first adding the channel:

conda install -c https://conda.<your-anaconda-repo>/t/<token>/<channel> <package>

Private pypi packages can also be installed using:

Private packages with login

To make your private package available to users who have logged in,

  1. Create an organization.
  2. Create a group in that organization, which may be a read-only group.
  3. Add the users you want to be able to download and install the package to the group.
  4. Upload the package to the organization, or transfer an existing package to the organization.

Now another user can download and install your package using the web interface or Anaconda client.

  1. In their web browser, they can navigate to your channel.

2. If the organization name is “OrgName” and the package name is “conda-package”, the user would use these commands:

conda install anaconda-client
anaconda login
conda install -c OrgName conda-package

Uploading other types of files

In addition to uploading packages, you can also upload other types of files to Anaconda Repository. In this example we will upload a spreadsheet named “baby-names” in comma separated value (CSV) format. Any type of file can be uploaded with the Anaconda CLI by using these steps. First we will create the new package on Anaconda Repository, which will create a namespace that can hold multiple files. Then we will upload the file into this namespace.

  1. Use the anaconda-client command line interface to create a new package and namespace for your file on Anaconda Repository:

    anaconda login
    anaconda package --create USERNAME/baby-names
  2. Now upload the file to the new namespace. PyPI package files, conda package files and notebook files are automatically detected. There is no auto-detect for other types of files, so you must explicitly specify the ‘package’, ‘package-type’ and ‘version’ fields.

    In this example the user or organization name is travis, the package name is baby-names, the package type is a file, this is the first version that we are uploading, and the full filename is baby-names1.csv:

    anaconda upload --user travis --package baby-names --package-type file --version 1 baby-names1.csv

Downloading other types of files

Your file is available at https://<your-anaconda-repo>/<USERNAME>/<babynames>

Your file can also be downloaded by anyone using the Anaconda CLI:

anaconda download USERNAME/baby-names

Deleting files through the user interface

  1. Select Packages from the Home menu.

  2. Select the Files tab.

  3. Optional: Select All for Type under Filters if the files you want to delete are not visible.

  4. To select individual files, first expand the Package the files are located in, then click the checkbox next to the files to delete.

  5. Select the checkboxes next to the files to delete.

  6. Click Delete.

  7. Enter your account name in the confirmation popup and click Delete to permanently delete the selected files. Warning: There is no undo for deleting a file.

Remove a past version of a package

To remove a past version of one of your packages from Anaconda Repository:

  1. Click the package name.
  2. Click the tab “Files”.
  3. Click the checkbox to the left of the version you wish to remove.
  4. Click the “Actions” menu and then “Remove”.

You may instead use the command line interface:

anaconda remove jsmith/testpack/0.2

NOTE: Replace jsmith, testpack, and 0.2 with your actual user name, package name, and version.

The change can now be seen on your profile page: https://<your-anaconda-repo>/<USERNAME>/<PACKAGE>

Add a collaborator to a package

You can add other users that are not part of an organization to collaborate on your packages. You’ll need to know the username of the other user(s).

  • From your dashboard select the package for which you want to add a collaborator by clicking on its name.
  • Click the Settings option to display the package settings.
  • Click the Collaborators option.
  • Enter the username of the person you want to add as a collaborator and click the Add button.

NOTE: All collaborators are given full read/write permissions to the package, even private packages.

Remove a collaborator from a package

To revoke package access previously granted to a collaborator:

  • From your dashboard select the package for which you want to add a collaborator by clicking on its name.
  • Click the Settings option to display the package settings.
  • Click the Collaborators option to display the current collaborators.
  • Click the red X button next to a collaborator to revoke their access.

Transfer a package to a new owner

By default, when you create or add packages, they are attached to your individual profile. You can transfer ownership to another owner account you control, such as an Organization profile you manage. To transfer a package to a new owner:

  • From your dashboard (or the dashboard of an organization you administer), select the package for which you want to transfer ownership. The system displays options for that package.
  • Click the Settings option to display the package settings.
  • Click the Admin option.
  • Under Transfer this package to a new owner, click the Transfer button.
  • Select the organization name for the new owner and click the Transfer Ownership button.

Delete a package

To delete one of your packages from Anaconda Repository, including all of its versions:

  1. Click the package name.
  2. Click the tab “Settings”.
  3. Click “Admin” on the left side menu.
  4. Click “Delete”.

You may instead use the command line interface:

anaconda remove jsmith/testpak

NOTE: Replace jsmith and testpak with your actual user name and package name.

The change can now be seen on your profile page: https://<your-anaconda-repo>/<USERNAME>


Upload a Jupyter notebook (formerly IPython notebook) to Anaconda Repository:

anaconda upload my-notebook.ipynb

An HTML version of the notebook will be at:


Anyone can download it:

anaconda download username/my-notebook


A saved conda environment can be uploaded to Anaconda Repository with the web interface or the conda env upload command.

To save the environment:

conda env export -n my-environment -f my-environment.yml

To use the web interface go to:


Then use the Upload button in the top right corner.

To use the conda env upload command:

conda env upload -f my-environment.yml

A list of your uploaded environments is located at:


Anyone can download and install your environment from Anaconda Repository:

conda env create user/my-environemnt
source activate my-environment


Organizations enable you to maintain group-owned repositories.

Create organization

To create an organization:

  • Log in to your Anaconda Repository.
  • Select the Organizations item from the Tools pull-down menu and scroll to the bottom of the page.
  • Supply an organization name. NOTE: Organization names cannot include spaces or special characters.
  • Supply an email address, then click the Create Organization button. The system displays the dashboard for the new organization.

As the creator and owner of an organization, you have automatic administrative access to this organization and any packages associated with the organization.

The Group Membership page from the Tools pull-down menu shows a list of all organizations to which you belong.

Delete an organization

To delete an organization you administer and erase all data associated with it:

  • Select “Switch To” from the Profile pull-down menu.
  • Select organization you wish to delete.
  • Select “Settings” from the Profile pull-down menu.
  • Click the “Account” option. You may be asked to verify your password.
  • Under the “Delete Account” section, click the “Delete” button. The confirmation page will request that you provide the full name of the organization.

Customize users and groups

Administrators may add, remove or edit group and user access. To access these features, first Switch To the organization profile from the Profile pull-down menu.

After switching from your user view to an organization view, you can review and edit the current group and user access for an organization, as well as add new groups and users at this address:


by selecting Groups from the Tools pull-down menu.

Users will receive a dashboard notification when you add them to an organization.

Uploading packages to an organization

To upload a package to an organization, use the -u/--user option:

anaconda upload --user ORGANIZATION package.tar.bz2

Only the co-owners of an organization may upload packages to the organization.

NOTE: Replace ORGANIZATION with the actual name of the organization, and package.tar.bz2 with the actual name of the package.

Create groups for differing access levels

Within an organization, you can create a group to customize access for a group of users:

  • Click the +New Group button. Give the group a name, and assign the desired permissions (Read-Only, Read-Write, or Administration).
  • Add the desired members by username in the Members box.
  • Add the packages which this group can access in the Packages box.
  • Click the Save Group button.

Using labels in the development cycle

Labels can be used to facilitate a development cycle and organize the code that is in development, in testing, and in production.

Anacona Repository labels allow you to upload files to your packages and control how they are accessed.

With Anaconda Repository labels you can upload a file to a specific label, so only users who put that label in the URL they search will be able to install it. This is particularly useful for moving a package through a development and testing flow.

In this example we will show you how to use a test label, so that you can upload files without affecting your production quality packages. Without a --label argument the default label is main.

Let’s start with a conda package. If you don’t have one, use our example conda package. Before you build the package edit the version in the meta.yaml file in anaconda-client/example-packages/conda/ to be 2.0.

git clone
cd anaconda-client/example-packages/conda/
vim meta.yaml # Bump version to 2.0
conda config --set anaconda_upload no
conda build .

Now, upload your test package to Anaconda Repository using the anaconda-client upload command.

Adding the --label option tells Anaconda Repository to make the upload visible only to users who specify that label:

anaconda upload /path/to/conda-package-2.0.tar.bz2 --label test

You will notice now that even when you search conda main, you won’t see the 2.0 version of the test package. This is because you have to tell conda to look for your new test label.

The --override argument tells conda not to use any channels in your ~/.condarc file.

No 2.0 results:

conda search --override -c USERNAME conda-package

Your 2.0 package is here:

conda search --override -c USERNAME/label/test conda-package

You can give the label USERNAME/label/test to your testers. Once they finish testing, you may then want to copy the test packages back to your main label.

You can also manage your package labels from your dashboard: https://<your-anaconda-repo>/USERNAME/conda-package

anaconda label --copy test main

Now your version 2.0 is in main:

conda search --override -c USERNAME conda-package


You can now add Projects to your Anaconda repository. Projects can be any directory of code and assets. Often projects will contain notebooks or Bokeh apps, for example.

To access Projects, select Projects from the Tools menu.

The Projects page shows your existing projects. Click on a project to display the Details page for that project, including the files for the project, the revisions, history and settings for the project.

Under settings for the individual project, you can change options, set groups and collaborations, and manage administration of the project, including making it public, private or authenticated, transfering membership, or deleting it.

Additional projects can be uploaded using the Anaconda Client.