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Anaconda exposes two important command-line tools, conda and source.

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How To Create And Use A Virtual Environment

This assumes you have installed anaconda and conda is available on your path.

First, create a new environment:

$ conda create -n <your environment name>

Now activate this environment:

$ source activate <your environment name>

Install your required packages:

$ conda install -n <your environment name> <package>

Now you can run your python code!

When finished, you can deactivate your virtual environment with:

$ source deactivate

Listing All Local Environments

Use the following command to list all local environments:

$ conda env list

The currently active environment will have an asterisk after it’s name.

Installing Non-Conda Packages

Non-conda packages can be installed into the current environment with other Python package managers such as pip:

$ pip install <package name>

As long as a Anaconda environment is active, pip will install to the current environment only.



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