Anaconda Distribution is a Python/R data science distribution and a collection of over 7,500+ open-source packages, which includes a package and environment manager. Anaconda is platform-agnostic, so you can use it whether you are on Windows, macOS, or Linux. For a detailed introduction to Anaconda, see the Anaconda User Guide.


Different releases are available at CC-IN2P3. Please follow the software loader syntax to list and activate the required release.

Anaconda environment

To create an Anaconda environment, you can use the conda create command, after having loaded the wanted anaconda version as shown above:

% conda create --prefix /path/to/my_conda_env python=<version>

The –prefix option is recommanded to specify a path with write privileges for the environment and by favouring a shared storage space, because conda environments can be large.

Then you can activate the environment with the conda activate command:

% conda activate /path/to/my_conda_env

To install a package in the environment, you can use the conda install command:

% conda install -c <conda-channel> <package>

To deactivate the environment, you can use the conda deactivate command:

% conda deactivate