Using Navigator

Anaconda Navigator is a graphical user interface (included in your installation of Anaconda) that lets you to access applications and manage conda environments without using Terminal.


Starting Navigator

Anaconda Navigator can be found on Launchpad (Mac) or start menu (Windows). The homepage displays applications, which can be installed and then launched. Default applications that are useful for this course are Jupyter Notebook (an interactive computational environment that is great for displaying code & results) and Spyder (Python IDE).

Creating Environment

To create a conda environment, click on Environments on the left navigation bar and then create outlined in red. Name your environment and select the appropriate Python version.

The current environment is indicated with green. You can switch environments by clicking on tabs with the environment names.

Managing Packages

We can filter the list of packages, shown on the right, to view the installed packages within the current environment.

To add a package in the current environment, switch to Uninstalled and then perform a search for the package name in Anaconda Cloud (you do not need to sign in).

Select the packages you want to add and select Apply on the bottom right. To perform a package update, filter for Updatable packages and mark the appropriate one for update.

Opening Terminal‌

You can open a terminal by clicking the right arrow and selecting Open Terminal. This automatically activates the environment and opens your terminal (Mac) or Anaconda prompt (Windows).

If you are on MacOS and using the zsh shell, you may get an error here. Using Anaconda with zsh ->

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