Desktop Portal to Data Science
Review this page to learn what Anaconda Navigator is. When you’re ready to start working in Navigator, check out the user guide topics:
What is Anaconda Navigator?¶
Anaconda Navigator is a desktop graphical user interface (GUI) included in Anaconda® distribution that allows you to launch applications and easily manage conda packages, environments, and channels without using command-line commands. Navigator can search for packages on Anaconda Cloud or in a local Anaconda Repository. It is available for Windows, macOS, and Linux.
The Getting started with Navigator section shows how to start Navigator from the shortcuts or from a terminal window.
Why use Navigator?¶
In order to run, many scientific packages depend on specific versions of other packages. Data scientists often use multiple versions of many packages and use multiple environments to separate these different versions.
The command-line program conda is both a package manager and an environment manager. This helps data scientists ensure that each version of each package has all the dependencies it requires and works correctly.
Navigator is an easy, point-and-click way to work with packages and environments without needing to type conda commands in a terminal window. You can use it to find the packages you want, install them in an environment, run the packages, and update them – all inside Navigator.
What applications can I access using Navigator?¶
The following applications are available by default in Navigator:
- Jupyter Notebook
- Orange 3 App
- Anaconda Prompt (Windows only)
- Anaconda PowerShell (Windows only)
Advanced conda users can also build their own Navigator applications.
How can I run code with Navigator?¶
The simplest way is with Spyder. From the Navigator Home tab, click Spyder, and write and execute your code.
You can also use Jupyter Notebooks the same way. Jupyter Notebooks are an increasingly popular system that combine your code, descriptive text, output, images, and interactive interfaces into a single notebook file that is edited, viewed, and used in a web browser.