Install Anaconda Python/R Platform on Ubuntu 18.04 | 16.04

This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to install Anaconda open source distribution on Ubuntu 18.04 | 16.04

Anaconda is the world’s most popular Python/R data science and machine learning platform on Linux, Windows and Mac OS.  With 1,500+ Python/R data science packages, it has become industry standard platform for developing, testing Python/R applications.

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To get started with installing Anaconda, follow the steps below:

Step 1: Download Anaconda Install Script

Anaconda for Linux systems comes with its own installation script. All you need to do is to download it and install, it will take care of the rest of setting you system up. To download it, go to the link below:

Anaconda Download

Then select Linux version and download. At the time of this post, the latest stable version is 2019.10.

Anaconda Ubuntu Install

After downloading, you can then run the commands below to install, assuming that the file was downloaded in your Downloads folder of your home directory.

Step 2: Run Anaconda Install Script

Depending on where you downloaded the script, go to the location and run it.

cd ~/Downloads

Or you can run the commands below to copy the link and wget it from the command line.

cd /tmp

After downloading the script, run the commands below to begin the installation.


You should see an output like the one below:

Welcome to Anaconda3 2019.10

In order to continue the installation process, please review the license
Please, press ENTER to continue

Hit the Enter key to continue and do the same to read its licensing terms.

When prompted if you’d like to accept the licensing terms, type yes.

Do you accept the license terms? [yes|no]
[no] >>> yes

Then continue

Anaconda will choose a default location in your home directory to install. if you don’t want to change, press Enter and continue

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/richard/anaconda3] >>>

After that type yes

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

and continue

After the installation, you should see a message as below:

==> For changes to take effect, close and re-open your current shell. <==

If you'd prefer that conda's base environment not be activated on startup,
set the auto_activate_base parameter to false:

conda config --set auto_activate_base false

Thank you for installing Anaconda3!


Anaconda and JetBrains are working together to bring you Anaconda-powered
environments tightly integrated in the PyCharm IDE.

PyCharm for Anaconda is available at:

Next, open a new Ubuntu terminal session for the changes to take effect.

Or simply run the command below to load Anaconda installation new PATH environment variable which was added into the current shell session

source ~/.bashrc

To verify if Anaconda is installed, type the commands below:

conda info

You should see an output similar to the one below:

(base) richard@ubuntu1804:~$ conda info

     active environment : base
    active env location : /home/richard/anaconda3
            shell level : 1
       user config file : /home/richard/.condarc
 populated config files : 
          conda version : 4.7.12
    conda-build version : 3.18.9
         python version :
       virtual packages : 
       base environment : /home/richard/anaconda3  (writable)
           channel URLs : 
          package cache : /home/richard/anaconda3/pkgs
       envs directories : /home/richard/anaconda3/envs
               platform : linux-64
             user-agent : conda/4.7.12 requests/2.22.0 CPython/3.7.4 Linux/5.0.0-32-generic ubuntu/18.04.3 glibc/2.27
                UID:GID : 1000:1000
             netrc file : None
           offline mode : False

That’s it!

If you want to update Anaconda, simply run the command below:

conda update conda

When prompted, type y for yes to begin the update.


You’ve learned how to install Anaconda platform on Ubuntu 18.04 | 16.04. If you notice an error above, please comment below:

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