This page describes the tabs, menus, and buttons in the Anaconda Navigator window.


The tabs in the left column represent the main components in Navigator. Click a tab to open it.


To learn more about terms used in Anaconda, see the Glossary.

Online and offline modes

Normally Navigator is used online so that it can download and install packages.

In online mode, Navigator must be able to reach these sites, so they may need to be whitelisted in your network’s firewall settings.

Offline mode

If Navigator detects that internet access is not available, it automatically enables offline mode and displays this message:


In the Preferences dialog, select “Enable offline mode” to enter offline mode even if internet access is available.

Using Navigator in offline mode is equivalent to using the command line conda commands create, install, remove, and update with the flag --offline so that conda does not connect to the internet.

Home tab

The Home tab, shown in the image above, displays all of the available applications that you can manage with Navigator.

The first time you open Navigator, the following popular graphical Python applications are already installed or are available to install:

You can also build your own Navigator applications.

In each application box, you can:

  • Launch the application–Click its Launch button.
  • Install an application–Click its Install button.
  • Update, remove, or install a specific version of an application–Click the gear icon in the top right corner of the application box.

Applications are installed in the active environment, which is displayed in the “Applications on” list. To install an application in a specific environment, first select the environment in the list, then click the application’s Install button. You can also create a new environment on the Environments tab, then return to the Home tab to install packages in the new environment.

Environments tab

The Environments tab allows you to manage installed environments, packages, and channels.


The left column lists your environments. Click an environment to activate it.

With Navigator, like with conda, you can create, export, list, remove, and update environments that have different versions of Python and/or packages installed. Switching or moving between environments is called activating the environment. Only one environment is active at any point in time. For more information, see Managing environments.

The right column lists packages in the current environment. The default view is Installed packages. To change which packages are displayed, click the arrow next to the list, then select Not Installed, Upgradeable, or All packages. For more information, see Managing packages.

Channels are locations where Navigator or conda looks for packages. Click the Channels button to open the Channels Manager. For more information, see Managing channels.

Learning tab

On the Learning tab you can learn more about Navigator, the Anaconda platform and open data science. Click the Documentation, Training, Webinars, or Video buttons, then click any item to open it in a browser window.


Community tab

On the Community tab you can learn more about events, free support forums, and social networking relating to Navigator. Click the Events, Forum, or Social buttons, then click any item to open it in a browser window.


To get help with Anaconda and Navigator from the community, join the Anaconda forum.


File menu

The Navigator File menu (Anaconda Navigator on macOS) contains the following options:

About–displays information about Navigator, including a link for bug
reports and feature requests. In Linux this is in the Help menu.

Preferences–allows you to set your Navigator preferences.

In the Preferences window you can:

  • Set the Anaconda.org API domain if you are going to use channels and packages from anaconda.org.

  • Set the Team Edition API domain if you are going to use channels and packages from TE server.

  • Set the Enterprise 4 Repository API domain if you are going to use channels and packages from your Repo 4 server.

  • Enable or disable SSL verification.

  • Optionally set a certificate to verify SSL connections.

  • Toggle the option to provide personally non-identifiable information to help improve the product.

  • Enable or disable offline mode.

  • Hide the offline mode dialog box.

  • Hide the Quit dialog box when exiting the program.

  • Hide the Update dialog box when starting the program.

  • Hide the Close running applications dialog, which normally displays when exiting the program if there are still running applications that were launched from Navigator.

  • Modify Navigator’s display with Enable High DPI scaling option. This option can be useful if Navigator isn’t displaying correctly on some high DPI screens.

  • Show application startup error messages.

  • Set the PyCharm Community Edition path if it was not installed in the default location.

  • Set the PyCharm Pro path if it was not installed in the default location.

  • Set the Visual Studio Code path if it was not installed in the default location.


    Click the Reset to defaults button to change preferences back to their default values.



Changing the Navigator and Conda configuration files are the advanced features and changing values directly could cause issues with working the Navigator application and Conda.

  • Make changes to the Navigator configuration file (anaconda-navigator.ini).



There is a base configuration validation tool included, so if the user misses any required section or option they will be informed through a popup box. See figure below.

  • Make changes to the Conda configuration file (.condarc).



There is a base configuration validation tool included. The .condarc file must be a valid yaml format file. If the content is not in a valid yaml format, the user will receive an error. See figure below.

  • Services (macOS only)–links to your computer’s system preferences menu.
  • Hide Anaconda-Navigator (macOS only)–hides the Navigator window.
  • Hide Others (macOS only)–hides all windows except the Navigator window.
  • Show All (macOS only)–shows all windows including the Navigator window.
  • Quit Anaconda-Navigator–exits Navigator.

Help menu

The Help menu contains the following options:

  • Search–links to your computer’s Help (Windows and macOS only).

  • Online Documentation–links to this documentation, which you can read in any web browser. You can also open the documentation by clicking the Documentation button at the bottom left of the Navigator window.

  • Logs viewer–allows you to review the logs of all actions performed in Navigator in the current session. This option displays a list of log files, including navigator.log, which contains Navigator application logs, and condamanager.log, which contains logs written by the conda-manager component.


    A new log file is created every time you run Navigator, with a sequential number appended to the file name. More recent log files have higher numbers.