Installing conda packages#

You can install the conda package manager with Anaconda Distribution or Miniconda. From there, you have several ways in which you can get packages to use in your conda environments:

  • Over 300 packages are automatically installed with Anaconda.

  • Over 7,500 additional open-source packages (including R) can be individually installed from the Anaconda repository with the conda install command.

  • Thousands of other packages are available from

  • You can download other packages using the pip install command that is installed with Anaconda. Pip packages provide many of the features of conda packages and in some cases they can work together. However, the preference should be to install the conda package if it is available.

  • You can also make your own custom packages using the conda build command, and you can share them with others by uploading them to, PyPI, or other repositories.

For more information about using the conda package manager in Anaconda Prompt (terminal on Linux or macOS), see the conda documentation.

You can also use the graphical interface Anaconda Navigator to install conda packages with just a few clicks.

Open an Anaconda Prompt (terminal on Linux or macOS) and follow these instructions.

Installing a conda package#

Enter the command:

conda install package-name

Installing specific versions of conda packages#

Include the desired version number or its prefix after the package name:

conda install package-name=2.3.4

To specify only a major version, run:

conda install package-name=2

These commands install into the environment that is currently active. To install into a named environment, run:

conda install package-name=2.3.4 -n some-environment

If the package is specific to a Python version, conda uses the version installed in the current or named environment. For details on versions, dependencies and channels, see Conda FAQ and Conda Troubleshooting.

Installing packages on a non-networked (air-gapped) computer#

To directly install a conda package from your local computer, run:

conda install /package-path/package-filename.tar.bz2

Conda installs packages into the anaconda/pkgs directory.

To install a .tar file containing many conda packages, run the following command:

conda install /packages-path/packages-filename.tar

If conda cannot find the file, try using an absolute path name instead of a relative path name.


Installing packages directly from the file does not resolve dependencies. If your installed package does not work, it may have missing dependencies that need to be resolved manually.