Updating Navigator#

Navigator automatically checks for version updates when launched. If one is available, a popup displays that allows you to upgrade to the newest version or keep your current version.


Anaconda recommends keeping Navigator updated to the latest version.

Update popup not automatically appearing#

If you are not automatically prompted to update Navigator upon sign in, there may be several reasons.

“Hide update dialog on startup” setting#

You may have clicked Do not show again in the Update popup. If this is the only reason your update popup is failing to appear, you should still see the Upgrade now option next to Connect. To upgrade, click Upgrade now.

To have the Update popup appear automatically again:

  1. Open Preferences from the File or Anaconda Navigator menu.

  2. Deselect Hide update dialog on startup.

Update index#

Navigator fails to recognize an update is available if your package table is not properly updated. To update your package table, click Environments, then Update index….

Add defaults to your channels list#

Not having defaults added to your channels list can also cause Navigator’s Update popup to fail to appear.


This issue only exists for users that are not connected to a premium repository, such as through Anaconda Server or the Pro or Business tiers.

To add defaults to your channels list:

  1. Click Channels on the Home or Environments page.

  2. Click Add.

  3. Enter defaults, then press Enter/return on your keyboard.

  4. Click Update channels.

  5. Close and reopen Navigator.

Manual update#

You can also update Anaconda Navigator manually through a command line interface (CLI).

Open the Anaconda Prompt on Windows (or terminal on Linux or macOS) and use the following commands:

conda update -n base anaconda-navigator