I installed Anaconda and can run Python, so I assume that I installed it correctly. Following this introductory documentation, I am trying to install Python v3.3, so I am copying and pasting the following line into my console:

conda create -n py33 python=3.3 anaconda

However, that gives me an error:

-bash: conda: command not found

What do I need to do to run Conda?

I am working on a Linux system.

you might want to try this:

for anaconda 2 :

export PATH=~/anaconda2/bin:$PATH

for anaconda 3 :

export PATH=~/anaconda3/bin:$PATH

for anaconda 4 :

Use the Anaconda Prompt

and then

conda --version

to confirm that it worked.
The export PATH=~/anaconda3/bin:$PATH works but stops when you exit the terminal in order change that you have to run sudo nano ~/.bashrc and then copy the path into the file and save it after that you activate the changes using source .bashrc.

check with conda install anaconda-navigator
if not installed follow the anaconda install instructions again

follow along with this video

It turns out that I had not set the path.

To do so, I first had to edit .bash_profile (I downloaded it to my local desktop to do that, I do not know how to text edit a file from linux)

Then add this to .bash_profile:


Use conda init

As pointed out in a different answer, manually adding Conda on $PATH is no longer recommended as of v4.4.0 (see Release Notes). Furthermore, since Conda v4.6 new functionality to manage shell initialization via the conda init command was introduced. Hence, the updated recommendation is to run

Linux/UNIX (OS X < 10.15)

./anaconda3/bin/conda init

Mac OS X >= 10.15

./anaconda3/bin/conda init zsh


./anaconda3/Scripts/conda.exe init

You must launch a new shell or source your init file (e.g., source .bashrc) for the changes to take effect.

Details. For an in-depth look at exactly what conda init does see this answer.

Alternative shells

You may need to explicitly identify your shell to Conda. For example, if you run zsh (Mac OS X 10.15+ default) instead of bash then you would run

./anaconda3/bin/conda init zsh

Please see ./anaconda3/bin/conda init --help for a comprehensive list of supported shells.

Word of Caution

I’d recommend running the above command with a --dry-run|-d flag and a verbosity (-v) flag, in order to see exactly what it would do. If you don’t already have a Conda-managed section in your shell run commands file (e.g., .bashrc), then this should appear like a straight-forward insertion of some new lines. If it isn’t such a straightforward insertion, I’d recommend clearing any previous Conda sections from $PATH and the relevant shell initialization files (e.g., bashrc) first.

Again, for those interested, there is an in-depth look at how it works, in this answer.

Potential Automated Cleanup

Conda v4.6.9 introduced a --reverse flag that automates removing the changes that are inserted by conda init.

If you have installed Anaconda but are not able to load the correct versions of python and ipython, or if you see conda: command not found when trying to use conda, this may be an issue with your PATH environment variable. At the prompt, type:

export PATH=~/anaconda/bin:$PATH

For this example, it is assumed that Anaconda is installed in the default ~/anaconda location.

This info is current as of today, August 10, 2016. Here are the exact steps I took to fix this using methods posted above. I did not see anyone post: export PATH=$PATH:$HOME/anaconda/bin (you need to add export to the beginning of the line).

Here it is, step-by-step:

For anyone running into the same problem while using oh-my-zsh, you need to do the following:

-Open your .zshrc in your terminal. I am using iTerm 2 and have Sublime Text 3 as my default text editor:

subl ~/.zshrc

-Once the file opens in your text editor, scroll to the very bottom and add:

export PATH=$PATH:$HOME/anaconda/bin

-Save the file, then close it.

-Close your terminal, then relaunch it.

-Once back in your terminal, type:

conda --v

You should then see the version of conda installed printed on your screen.

If you’re using zsh, then after doing that, your terminal may show you zsh: command not found: rvm-prompt.

The solution is:

  1. add alias rvm-prompt=$HOME/.rvm/bin/rvm-prompt within .zshrc file.
  2. type source .zshrc.

Then the zsh: command not found: rvm-prompt will disappear.

My env: macOS & anaconda3

This works for me:

$ nano ~/.bash_profile

Add this:

export PATH=~/anaconda3/bin:$PATH

*The export path must match with the actual path of anaconda3 in the system.

Exit out and run:

$ source ~/.bash_profile

Then try:

$ jupyter notebook

Edit ~/.bash_profile, add this to it.


then run

source ~/.bash_profile

Hope can help you.

I’m on High Sierra MAC OS and just installed Anaconda3 via HomeBrew command. I had issue with running :


It’d also give me:

-bash: conda: command not found

I tried running:

export PATH=~/anaconda3/bin:$PATH

but it needs ENTIRE path. so here are the correct steps:

$ nano ~/.bash_profile

Now export the ENTIRE path, in my case it was:

export PATH=/usr/local/anaconda3/bin:$PATH

Exit out and run:

$ source ~/.bash_profile

Then try:

$ conda

it’ll output:

 $ conda --version
    conda 4.4.10

If you have just installed anaconda and got this error, then I think you forgot to run this command :

  • source ~/.bashrc

This will enable you to make use of anaconda in terminal.

This may seems simple but many (including me) do this mistake.

If the error is still persisting, you have to verify if anaconda location is added to PATH in your system.

Once you add it, you’ll be fine

If you have installed Anaconda and have definitely said yes to the:

Do you wish the installer to prepend the Anaconda install location to PATH in your /home/name/.bashrc ? [yes¦no]

question then you maybe just need to restart your terminal window. The change won’t take effect until you either (1) close and reopen the current window or (2) just open and start working in a new window

Basically, open a new console window and see if it works now.

For Windows:

A recent Anaconda(version 4.4.0) changed some directories.
You can find “conda” in Anaconda3/Scripts, instead of Anaconda3/bin.

Mostly it is because when we install Anaconda in the end it adds the anaconda path to PATH variable in .bashrc file.
So we just need to restart the terminal or just do

source ~/.bashrc

if still it don’t work then follow this commands.

cat >> ~/.bashrc

paste the below command for anaconda3

export PATH=~/anaconda3/bin:$PATH

hit Enter then ctrl+d

source ~/.bashrc

If you have installed anaconda, but if you are not able to execute conda command from terminal, it means the path is not probably set, try :

export PATH=~/anaconda/bin:$PATH

See this link.

I also was facing the same issue ,this might be the simplest possible solution

source anaconda/bin/activate

for anaconda2 use

source anaconda2/bin/activate

depending on the name of the directory , then execute your command i.e. conda –create

Using the export PATH= strategy with conda activate will result into a warning message for conda>=4.4.

The recommended way (see this release note, and this post) to do is to remove the export PATH=... line and add instead in your .bashrc (.bash_profile) the line:

. ~/anaconda2/etc/profile.d/conda.sh

Furthermore, if you want conda to be activated by default, add:

conda activate


cat ~/.bash_profile

to check if anaconda is there. If not you should add its path there.
If conda is there copy the entire row that you see the Anaconda there from “export” to the end of line.
like this:

export PATH=~/anaconda3/bin:$PATH

Run this in your terminal.
Then run

conda --version

to see if it is exported and running!

System: macOS

I installed Anaconda first, and everything worked well. Then I installed iTerm2 and when I typed Python iTerm2 gave me the default Python. Here is how to find your Anaconda Python back:

  1. Open your .zshrc file. For example, vim ~/.zshrc

  2. Then add export PATH="/Users/yourusername/anaconda2/bin:$PATH" to the last line of the file. Note that you need to replace the yourusername to your user name and make sure you have anaconda2. An easy way is to copy this line from ~/.bash_profile

  3. Save the file, close it, relaunch the terminal and now Anaconda Python should be back.

Answer for

  • Anaconda3 5.2.0 installer
  • macOS HighSierra
  • ZSH

  1. Unfortunately, the installer puts the PATH definition only into .bash_profile, but not the .zshrc config.
  2. Contrary to the given answers, it doesn’t (necessarily) install in ~/anaconda3/, but instead in /anaconda3/.

The PATHdefintion in .zshrc must therefore be this:

# Anaconda3
export PATH="/anaconda3/bin:$PATH"

Temporary solution:

$anaconda/bin/conda create -n py33 python=3.3 anaconda

If you have just installed MiniConda or Anaconda make sure you re-run your terminal.

From this, I mean close and open your terminal and then try conda list to verify your installation

For me, this worked!!

To edit bashrc in Ubuntu

$ /usr/bin/vim ~/.bashrc

type PATH=$PATH:$HOME/anaconda3/bin
Press Esc and :wq to save bashrc file and exit vim
enter image description here


$ export PATH=~/anaconda3/bin:$PATH

and type $ source ~/.bashrc
Now to confirm the installation of conda type

$ conda --version

Open your terminal and type the following command to add anaconda to environment path

for anaconda 2 :

export PATH=~/anaconda2/bin:$PATH

for anaconda 3 :

export PATH=~/anaconda3/bin:$PATH

Then to check the conda version just type,

conda --version

Create an environment using the following command,

conda create --name myenv

Activate the source using,

source activate myenv

Then your anaconda IDE is ready!!!

If you installed Anaconda with Visual Studio 2017 for Windows,
conda executable is in this path or similar.

In my case path is this:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio\Shared\Anaconda3_64\Scripts

Steps to add it to your PATH:

  • On the Windows desktop, right-click My Computer.
  • In the pop-up menu, click Properties.
  • In the System Properties window, click the Advanced tab, and then click Environment Variables.
  • In the System Variables window, highlight Path, and click Edit.
  • Add your path and restart your cmd.

You will be able to execute conda

Happy coding!

I am setting up a virtual machine running Ubuntu. I have anaconda 3 installed in the “Home” folder. When I typed “conda” into the terminal I was getting the error “conda: command not found” too.

Typing the code below into the terminal worked for me…

export PATH=$PATH:$HOME/anaconda3/bin

to check it worked I typed:

conda --version

which responded with the version number.

In my case conda Path was properly set (in .bashrc) by the conda installation bash. But to make it works I had to give executable file permissions to files in bin sub folder with chmod +x *.

My system info:

conda 4.2.9

Operating System: Debian GNU/Linux 8 (jessie)

Kernel: Linux 3.16.0-4-amd64

Architecture: x86-64

You need to put Anaconda.sh to your /home/, then run it to install. After that, you can runexport PATH=~/anaconda3/bin:$PATH . Remark: do not run Anaconda.sh in download/ directily!!!!!

I had same issue. What I did, removed anaconda directory from the install location and re-install
after that it worked as I anticipated

First, check the location of anaconda, for me I installed anaconda3 at / directory which I access with /anaconda3

Then in your terminal, input export PATH="<base location>/anaconda3/bin:$PATH" for me it’s export PATH="/anaconda3/bin:$PATH".

Finally, input source $/anaconda3/bin/activate. For you, just change to your location.

Now, you could try conda list to test.

Also, visit intallation guide

1. Check where you have installed Anaconda. In my case it looks like /home/nour/anaconda3/bin

  1. Open your .bashrc file. For example $ gedit .bashrc

3. Add this export PATH = /home/nour/anaconda3/bin:$PATH line at the end of the file and save.

  1. Reopen the terminal. Type conda --version

NOTE: Make sure path in line no. 1 and line no. 3 must be same. In my case /home/nour/anaconda3/bin .

The main point is that as of December 2018 it’s Scripts not bin.

Updating $PATH in “git bash for windows”

Use one of these:
export PATH=$USERPROFILE/AppData/Local/Continuum/anaconda2/Scripts/:$PATH
export PATH=$USERPROFILE/AppData/Local/Continuum/anaconda3/Scripts/:$PATH

Updating $PATH in the windows default command line

Use one of these:
SET PATH=%USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Continuum\anaconda2\Scripts\;%PATH%
SET PATH=%USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Continuum\anaconda3\Scripts\;%PATH%

Updating $PATH in Linux

Change /app to your installation location. If you installed anaconda change Miniconda to Anaconda. Also, check for Script vs. bin,.

export PATH="/app/Miniconda/bin:$PATH"

You may need to run set -a before setting the path, I think this is important if you’re setting the path in a script. For example if you have your export command in a file called set_my_path.sh, I think you’d need to do set -a; source("set_my_path.sh").

The set -a will make your changes to the path persist for your session, but they are still not permanent.

For a more permanent solution add the command to ~/.bashrc. The installers may offer to add something like this to your ~/.bashrc file, but you can do it too (or comment it out to undo it).

General Observations:

Background: I installed the 64 bit versions of Anaconda 2 and 3 recently on my Windows 10 machine following the recommended installation steps in December of 2018.

  • Adding conda also enables ipython, which works much better in the native Windows command line
  • Following the strongly recommended installation does not add conda or ipython to the path
  • Anaconda 3 doesn’t seem to install a command prompt application, but Anaconda 2 did have a command prompt application
  • The /bin folder seems to have been replaced with Scripts
  • Poking around in the Scripts folder is interesting, maybe the Anaconda command prompt application is in there somewhere.