Updating from older versions¶
You can easily update Anaconda to the latest version.
- Windows: Open the Start Menu and choose Anaconda Prompt.
- macOS or Linux: Open a terminal window.
Enter these commands:
conda update conda conda update anaconda=VersionNumber
The below content provides more details about what is happening when you update Anaconda.
Conda update anaconda=versionNumber grabs the specific release of the Anaconda
metapackage, for example
conda update anaconda=2019.10.
That metapackage represents a pinned state that has
undergone testing as a collection. Read more about metapackages.
There is a special “custom” version of the Anaconda metapackage
that has all the package dependencies, but none of them are
constrained. The “custom” version is lower in version ordering
than any actual release number.
Conda update anaconda=versionNumber may
remove packages if the new metapackage that is replacing your
old one has removed packages. As of conda 4.7, when a package
loses its connection to the set of specs that have been
requested in the past, it gets removed.
See all of the available Anaconda versions.
Conda update --all will unpin
everything. This updates all packages in the current
environment to the latest version. In doing so, it
drops all the version constraints from the history and
tries to make everything as new as it can.
This has the same behavior with removing packages. If any
packages are orphaned by an update, they are removed.
Conda update --all may not be able to make everything
the latest versions because you may have conflicting constraints
in your environment.
With Anaconda 2019.07’s newer Anaconda metapackage,
conda update --all
will make the metapackage go to the custom version in order to update
Conda update --all will only update the selected environment.
If you have other environments you’d like to update, you can update
them in the command line:
conda update -n myenv --all
When you use
conda update pkgName or
conda install pkgName,
conda may not be able to update or install that package without
changing something else you specified in the past.
In the case of the Anaconda metapackage, when you say
conda update ipython but you have Anaconda 2019.03,
conda can and should “downgrade” Anaconda to the “custom”
version so that iPython can be updated.
When conda cannot fulfill the request for the latest package
available, it usually means that newer packages exist for your
spec but are in conflict. To force the change, you can try
conda install pkg=newversion.