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Difference 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 (as opposed to Anaconda, which is conda and a bunch of other packages like numpy, scipy, ipython notebook, etc.). Once you have Miniconda, you can easily install Anaconda into it with conda install anaconda.

  • Navigator

    • GUI included in Anaconda that allows you to launch applications and easily manage conda packages, environments and channels without using a command prompt or terminal program. Navigator is automatically installed when you install Anaconda.
  • Anaconda

    • free enterprise-ready python distribution w/150+ popular python packages.Used mostly for science, math , engineering & data analysis.
    • Comes with conda to manage librareis & enviroments.
    • another $250$ packages can be installed with the conda install command.
    • A full distrubution of the central sofwae in the Pydata ecosystem including Python itself anong with binaries for several hundred thrie-party open souce projects.
  • Miniconda:

    • lighter alternative to Anaconda.
    • comes just with Python and conda
    • ideal for user who want to star witha minimal linstallation and be able to manage their own set of packages.
    • installer for an empty conda enviroment containing ony conda and its dependencies, so you can install from scratch.
  • pip

    • Pip Installs Packages is a python’s officialy-sanctioned package manager, and ist most commonly used to isntall packages published on the *Python Package Index (PyPI).
    • general purpose manger for Python packages
    • pip installs python packages with any enviroment.
    • conda installs any package within conda enviroment
  • virtualenv

    • utility that allows user to crate isolated Python envirometns that work with pip
  • conda v pip

    • both are package managers they are different.
    • pip is psecifi for python packages
    • conda is language-agnostic, it maintains packages form any language.
    • pip compiles from souce
    • conda installs binaries, so no compilation.
    • conda craetes language-agnostic enviroments natively
    • pip relies on virtualenv to manage only python enviroments.
  • conda

    • general-purposepackage management system designed to build ns manage softawe of any type from any language
    • its not a fundamentally a python package.
    • its designed to manage packages and dependencies with any sofwatre stack.
    • Its less like pip andmore like a cross-platform version of apt or yum


Conda is a package manager, Anaconda is a distribution.

Install Miniconda on Windows Linux Subsystem

Open your terminal and type

$ wget

After its done downloading type

$ ls

Make the file executable

$ chmod +x 

Run the file

$ ls*
$ ./ 

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

Anaconda End User License Agreement

Copyright 2016, Continuum Analytics, Inc.

All rights reserved under the 3-clause BSD License:


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

Miniconda3 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/frank/miniconda3] >>> 
installing: python-3.6.1-2 ...
installing: asn1crypto-0.22.0-py36_0 ...
installing: cffi-1.10.0-py36_0 ...
installing: conda-env-2.6.0-0 ...
installing: cryptography-1.8.1-py36_0 ...
installing: idna-2.5-py36_0 ...
installing: libffi-3.2.1-1 ...
installing: openssl-1.0.2l-0 ...
installing: packaging-16.8-py36_0 ...
installing: pycosat-0.6.2-py36_0 ...
installing: pycparser-2.17-py36_0 ...
installing: pyopenssl-17.0.0-py36_0 ...
installing: pyparsing-2.1.4-py36_0 ...
installing: readline-6.2-2 ...
installing: requests-2.14.2-py36_0 ...
installing: ruamel_yaml-0.11.14-py36_1 ...
installing: setuptools-27.2.0-py36_0 ...
installing: six-1.10.0-py36_0 ...
installing: sqlite-3.13.0-0 ...
installing: tk-8.5.18-0 ...
installing: xz-5.2.2-1 ...
installing: yaml-0.1.6-0 ...
installing: zlib-1.2.8-3 ...
installing: conda-4.3.21-py36_0 ...
installing: pip-9.0.1-py36_1 ...
installing: wheel-0.29.0-py36_0 ...
Python 3.6.1 :: Continuum Analytics, Inc.
creating default environment...
installation finished.
Do you wish the installer to prepend the Miniconda3 install location
to PATH in your /home/ubuntu/.bashrc ? [yes|no]
[no] >>> yes

Prepending PATH=/home/ubuntu/miniconda3/bin to PATH in /home/ubuntu/.bashrc
A backup will be made to: /home/ubuntu/.bashrc-miniconda3.bak

For this change to become active, you have to open a new terminal.

Thank you for installing Miniconda3!

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