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How To Install Anaconda on Ubuntu 18.04 [Quickstart]

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Introduction #

Designed for data science and machine learning workflows, Anaconda is an open-source package manager, environment manager, and distribution of the Python and R programming languages.
This tutorial will guide you through installing Anaconda on an Ubuntu 18.04 server. For a more detailed version of this tutorial, with better explanations of each step, please refer to How To Install the Anaconda Python Distribution on Ubuntu 18.04.

Step 1 — Retrieving the Latest Version of Anaconda>

Step 1 — Retrieving the Latest Version of Anaconda #

From a web browser, go to the Anaconda Distribution page, available via the following link:

Find the latest Linux version and copy the link to the installer bash script.

Step 2 — Downloading the Anaconda Bash Script>

Step 2 — Downloading the Anaconda Bash Script #

Logged into your Ubuntu 18.04 server as a sudo non-root user, move into the /tmp directory and use curl to download the link you copied from the Anaconda website:

cd /tmp
curl -O

Step 3 — Running the Anaconda Script>

Step 3 — Running the Anaconda Script #


You’ll receive the following output to review the license agreement by pressing ENTER until you reach the end.

Welcome to Anaconda3 2021.05

In order to continue the installation process, please review the license
Please, press ENTER to continue
Do you approve the license terms? [yes|no]

When you get to the end of the license, type yes then press ENTERas long as you agree to the license to complete installation.

Step 4 — Completing the Installation Process>

Step 4 — Completing the Installation Process #

Once you agree to the license, you will be prompted to choose the location of the installation. You can press ENTER to accept the default location, or specify a different location.

Anaconda3 will now be installed into this location:

  - Press ENTER to confirm the location
  - Press CTRL-C to abort the installation
  - Or specify a different location below

[/home/sammy/anaconda3] >>>

At this point, the installation will proceed. Note that the installation process takes some time.

Step 5 — Selecting Options>

Step 5 — Selecting Options #

Once installation is complete, you’ll receive the following output:

installation finished.
Do you wish the installer to initialize Anaconda3
by running conda init? [yes|no]
[no] >>>

It is recommended that you type yes to use the conda command.

Step 6 — Activating Installation>

Step 6 — Activating Installation #

You can now activate the installation with the following command:

source ~/.bashrc

Step 7 — Testing Installation>

Step 7 — Testing Installation #

Use the conda command to test the installation and activation:

conda list

You’ll receive output of all the packages you have available through the Anaconda installation.

Step 8 — Setting Up Anaconda Environments>

Step 8 — Setting Up Anaconda Environments #

You can create Anaconda environments with the conda create command. For example, a Python 3 environment named my_env can be created with the following command:

conda create --name my_env python=3

Activate the new environment like so:

conda activate my_env

Your command prompt prefix will change to reflect that you are in an active Anaconda environment, and you are now ready to begin work on a project.

Related Tutorials #

Here are links to more detailed tutorials that are related to this guide:

How To Install the Anaconda Python Distribution on Ubuntu 18.04
How To Set Up Jupyter Notebook for Python 3
How To Install the pandas Package and Work with Data Structures in Python 3