Fix Python – What are the differences between Conda and Anaconda?


Asked By – Jiang Xiang

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The problem:

I first installed Anaconda on my ubuntu at ~/anaconda, when I was trying to update my anaconda, according to the documentation from Continuum Analytics, I should use the following commands:

conda update conda
conda update anaconda

Then I realized that I did not have conda installed, so I installed it using the documentation from here.

After conda is installed, when I run conda update anaconda, I got the following error:

Error: package ‘anaconda’ is not installed in /home/xiang/miniconda

It appears conda is assuming my anaconda is installed under /home/xiang/miniconda which is NOT true.

The questions:

  1. What are the differences between conda and anaconda?
  2. How can I tell conda where my anaconda is installed?

Now we will see solution for issue: What are the differences between Conda and Anaconda?


conda is the package manager. Anaconda is a set of about a hundred packages including conda, numpy, scipy, ipython notebook, and so on.

You installed Miniconda, which is a smaller alternative to Anaconda that is just conda and its dependencies, not those listed above.

Once you have Miniconda, you can easily install Anaconda into it with conda install anaconda.

This question is answered By – asmeurer

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