Verifying your installation of Anaconda

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Verifying your installation

You can confirm that Anaconda is installed and working with
Anaconda Navigator or conda.

Anaconda Navigator

Anaconda Navigator is a graphical user interface that is automatically
installed with Anaconda. Navigator will open if the installation was successful.
If Navigator does not open, review our help resources.

  • Windows: Click Start, search or select Anaconda Navigator from the menu.

  • macOS: Click Launchpad, select Anaconda Navigator. Or, use Cmd+Space to open
    Spotlight Search and type “Navigator” to open the program.

  • Linux: See next section.


If you prefer using a command line interface (CLI), you can
use conda to verify the installation using Anaconda Prompt on Windows
or terminal on Linux and macOS.

To open Anaconda Prompt:

  • Windows: Click Start, search, or select Anaconda Prompt from the menu.

  • macOS: Cmd+Space to open Spotlight Search
    and type “Navigator” to open the program.

  • Linux–CentOS: Open Applications – System Tools – terminal.

  • Linux–Ubuntu: Open the Dash by clicking the upper left Ubuntu icon, then type “terminal”.

After opening Anaconda Prompt or the terminal, choose any of the
following methods to verify:

  • Enter conda list.
    If Anaconda is installed and working, this will display a list of
    installed packages and their versions.
  • Enter the command python. This command runs the Python shell. If Anaconda is installed and working, the version information it displays when it starts up will include “Anaconda”. To exit the Python shell, enter the command quit().
  • Open Anaconda Navigator with the command anaconda-navigator. If Anaconda is installed properly, Anaconda Navigator will open.

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