So I installed Anaconda and everything is working. After I installed it I decided to switch to oh-my-zsh. I am now getting:

zsh: command not found: conda

when trying to use pip or conda installs



I have added to my

export PATH ="/Users/Dz/anaconda/bin:$PATH"

What is it that I’m missing?

I found an easy way. Just follow below steps:

  1. in terminal, enter vim ~/.zshrc
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  2. add source ~/.bash_profile into .zshrc file
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  3. and then in terminal, enter source ~/.zshrc
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Congratulation for you!!! ㊗️ 🎉🎉🎉

If you are on macOS Catalina, the new default shell is zsh. You will need to run source /bin/activate followed by conda init zsh.
For example: I installed anaconda python 3.7 Version, type echo $USER to find username

source /Users/my_username/opt/anaconda3/bin/activate

Follow by

conda init zsh

or (for bash shell)

conda init

Check working:

conda list

The error will be fixed.

As of today Nov 4, 2018 all the following methods works, install the zsh with:

sh -c "$(curl -fsSL"

Not recommending brew installation for zsh:

brew install zsh zsh-completions 

P.S: Tried with with brew and brew install under the root and is not an wise idea to do so due the security and all time anything related will need to be started under sudo so better is to stick with curl or wget.

to make work conda in OS X with oh-my-zsh installed is to add path as following and will work.

Find the python paths so can see if you installed Anaconda2 or Anaconda3: where python or which python will result in similar output:

/Users/"username"/anaconda/bin/python # # previous path for anaconda
/Users/"username"/anaconda3/bin/python # # previous path for anaconda3
/Users/"username"/opt/anaconda/bin/python # # for current path anaconda
/Users/"username"/opt/anaconda3/bin/python # # for current path for anaconda3

one line config command:

echo -e '# >>> anaconda conda config >>> \nPATH="$HOME/opt/anaconda3/bin:$PATH"' >> ~/.zshrc && source ~/.zshrc && conda init

Note: Anaconda do not recommend to add manually paths per following:
Should I add Anaconda to the macOS or Linux PATH?

We do not recommend adding Anaconda to the PATH manually. During installation, you will be asked “Do you wish the installer to initialize Anaconda3 by running conda init?” We recommend “yes”. If you enter “no”, then conda will not modify your shell scripts at all. In order to initialize after the installation process is done, first run source /bin/activate and then run conda init.


Replace <path-to-anaconda> with the actual path of your installed Anaconda file.

What is the default path for installing Anaconda?

If you accept the default option to install Anaconda on the “default path” Anaconda is installed in your user home directory:

  • Windows 10: C:\Users<your-username>\Anaconda3\

  • macOS: /Users//anaconda3 for the shell install, ~/opt
    for the graphical install. See installing on macOS.

  • Linux: /home//anaconda3

If your username includes spaces, as is common on Windows systems, you should not accept the default path. See In what folder should I install Anaconda on Windows?

I already have Python installed. Can I install Anaconda?

You do not need to uninstall other Python installations or packages before installing Anaconda. Even if you already have a system Python, another Python installation from a source such as the macOS Homebrew package manager and globally installed packages from pip such as pandas and NumPy, you do not need to uninstall, remove, or change any of them.

Install Anaconda or Miniconda normally. There is no need to set the PYTHONPATH environment variable.

To see if the conda installation of Python is in your PATH variable:

  • On macOS and Linux, open the terminal and run echo $PATH.

  • On Windows, open an Anaconda Prompt and run echo %PATH%.

To see which Python installation is currently set as the default:

  • On macOS and Linux, open the terminal and run which python.
  • On Windows, open an Anaconda Prompt and run where python.

To see which packages are installed in your current conda environment and their version numbers, in your terminal window or an Anaconda Prompt, run conda list.

For detailed info on adding manually see below info:

Finding your Anaconda Python interpreter path

vi ~/.zshrc or gedit ~/.zshrc

Anaconda updated to use similar to Anaconda Enterprise edition paths: /opt/...
@update Dec 2021: For Anaconda3 at field # User configuration add:


For Anaconda:
at field # User configuration add:


For Anaconda2 at field # User configuration add:


For Anaconda3 at field # User configuration add:


or replace “username” with your username:


According to documentation Installing on macOS we add add in
~/.zshrc instead of .bashrc or .bash_profile

  • Add export PATH="/<path to anaconda>/bin:$PATH" in ~/.zshrc

  • Or set the PATH variable: export PATH="/<path to anaconda>/bin:$PATH"

Replace “<path to anaconda>” with the actual path to your Anaconda

This methods are working on ubuntu/Centos7/MacOS as well (just
close/reset the terminal once you are completing the changes) than
just type conda to test.

Per @truongnm comment just source after adding the path: “I pasted the
path from my bash_profile, and don’t forget to source ~/.zshrc

It appears that my PATH is broken in my .zshrc file.

Open it and add :

export PATH="$PATH;/Users/Dz/anaconda/bin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/bin:/bin:/usr/sbin:/sbin:/opt/X11/bin:/Users/Dz/.rvm/bin"

Doh! Well that would explain everything. How did I miss that little semicolon? Changed:

export PATH="$PATH:/Users/Dz/anaconda/bin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/bin:/bin:/usr/sbin:/sbin:/opt/X11/bin:/Users/Dz/.rvm/bin"

source ~/.zshrc
echo $HOME
echo $PATH

We’re good now.

The anaconda installer automatically writes the correct PATH into the ~/.bash_profile file. Copy the line to your ~/.zshrc file, source it with source ~/.zshrc and you’re good to go.

I had this problem on my Catalina OSX after I installed my Anaconda distribution as well.

This solution worked for me on macOS Catalina as of October 19, 2019

Step 1. Check if .bash_profile is available on your home folder, if not:

  • Go to Terminal
  • Type cd ~/ to go to your home folder (if you are not on your home folder)
  • Type touch .bash_profile to create your new file under the your home folder

Step 2. Check if file .zshrc is available on your home folder, if not:

  • Go to terminal and type nano ~/.zshrc

  • Type in the following line into the newly created .zshrc file: source ~/.bash_profile

  • Now to save the file in nano just hit ctrl+X.

  • It will prompt “Save modified buffer (ANSWERING “No” WILL DESTROY CHANGES)?”. Just type in Y

Step 3. Check if .bash_profile and .zshrc files are created on your home folder. If yes, in terminal type in source ~/.zshrc

You should do the following:
1. /home/$USER/anaconda/bin/conda init zsh (or /home/$USER/miniconda3/bin/conda init zsh if you use miniconda)
2. source ~/.zshrc (or just reopen terminal)

Why this answer is better than others?

  • You shouldn’t reinvent the wheel: there is already command in conda to activate, all you need to do is to call conda with full path
  • Maybe ~/.bash_profile doesn’t exist (my case, only ~/.bashrc)
  • You can have bash-specific config inside ~/.bash_profile
  • You don’t need manually paste and export any pathes

This is all I had to add to add get anaconda working for zsh.

echo ". /anaconda3/etc/profile.d/" >> ~/.zshrc
source ~/.zshrc

You need to fix the spacing and quotes:

export PATH ="/Users/Dz/anaconda/bin:$PATH"

Instead use

export PATH="/Users/Dz/anaconda/bin":$PATH

If this problem occurs on a mac, then type the following commands:

source <path to conda>/bin/activate
conda init zsh

This will modify your zshrc accordingly (or create it if it does not exist).

This solution comes from the official anaconda doc.

Answer for macOS 11 (Big Sur) in 2021

After installing Anaconda, run:

source /opt/anaconda3/bin/activate
conda init zsh

then close and reopen the Terminal window. The shell prompt should have a (base) prefix.

NOTE: I found many articles online saying to update the PATH variable,
but Anaconda actually recommends against doing so and running the two
commands above instead, which they state in their documentation.


I just ran into the same problem.
As implicitly stated inside the .zshrc-file (in your user-root-folder), you need to migrate the pathes you’ve already inserted in your .bash_profile, bashrc or so to resolve this.

Copying all additional pathes from .bash_profile to .zshrc fixed it for me, cause zsh now knows where to look.

#add path to Anaconda-bin
export PATH="/Users/YOURUSERNAME!!/anaconda3/bin:$PATH"

 #N.B. for miniconda use
export PATH="/Users/YOURUSERNAME!!!/miniconda3/bin:$PATH"

Depending on where you installed anaconda this path might be different.

If anaconda is fully updated, a simple “conda init zsh” should work. Navigate into the anaconda3 folder using

cd /path/to/anaconda3/

of course replacing “/path/to/anaconda/” with “~/anaconda3” or “/anaconda3” or wherever the “anaconda3” folder is kept.

To make sure it’s updated, run

./bin/conda update –prefix . anaconda

After this, running

./bin/conda init zsh

(or whatever shell you’re using) will finish the job cleanly.

  1. Find the right version of your anaconda

  2. Put it to ~/.zshrc via command vim ~/.zshrc

    • Anaconda 2 export PATH="/User/<your-username>/anaconda2/bin:$PATH"
    • Anaconda 3 export PATH="/User/<your-username>/anaconda3/bin:$PATH"
    • Or if you install Anaconda in root directory:
    • Anaconda 2 export PATH="/anaconda2/bin:$PATH"
    • Anaconda 3 export PATH="/anaconda3/bin:$PATH"
  3. Restart the zsh source ~/.zshrc

I simply added the anaconda3 path to $PATH in .zshrc which did the trick for.

My environment : Catalina / clean Anaconda install / iTerm / zsh / oh-my-zsh

First locate your conda installation:

> find ~/ -name 'conda' -print

(on my system: ~/opt/anaconda3/bin/conda)

Then add that path to PATH in the .zshrc file

export PATH="opt/anaconda3/bin":$PATH

run the following script provided by conda in your terminal:

source /opt/conda/etc/profile.d/ – you may need to adjust the path to your conda installtion folder.

after that your zsh will recognize conda and you can run conda init this will modify your .zshrc file automatically for you. It will add something like that at the end of it:

# >>> conda initialize >>>
# !! Contents within this block are managed by 'conda init' !!
__conda_setup="$('/opt/conda/bin/conda' 'shell.zsh' 'hook' 2> /dev/null)"
if [ $? -eq 0 ]; then
    eval "$__conda_setup"
    if [ -f "/opt/conda/etc/profile.d/" ]; then
        . "/opt/conda/etc/profile.d/"
        export PATH="/opt/conda/bin:$PATH"
unset __conda_setup
# <<< conda initialize <<<


For Linux

  1. Open .bashrc
  2. Copy the code for conda initialize and paste it to .zshrc file
  3. Finally run source .zshrc

Simply copy your Anaconda bin directory and paste it at the bottom of ~/.zshrc.

For me the path is /home/theorangeguy/miniconda3/bin, so I ran:

echo ". /home/theorangeguy/miniconda3/bin" >> ~/.zshrc

This edited the ~/.zshrc. Now do:

source ~/.zshrc

It worked like a charm.

MAC OS Users:

  1. brew install anaconda
  2. Add export PATH="/usr/local/anaconda3/bin:$PATH" to top of ~/.zshrc
  3. source ~/.zshrc OR restart terminal

Test it. Bingo Bango.

  1. Open your ~./bashrc
  2. Find the following code (maybe something similar) that launches your conda:

    # >>> conda init >>>
    # !! Contents within this block are managed by 'conda init' !!
    __conda_setup="$(CONDA_REPORT_ERRORS=false '/anaconda3/bin/conda' shell.bash hook 2> /dev/null)" if [ $? -eq 0 ]; then
        \eval "$__conda_setup" else
        if [ -f "/anaconda3/etc/profile.d/" ]; then
            . "/anaconda3/etc/profile.d/"
            CONDA_CHANGEPS1=false conda activate base
            \export PATH="/anaconda3/bin:$PATH"
        fi fi unset __conda_setup
    # <<< conda init <<<

  1. source ~/.zshrc
  2. Things should work.

So I discovered that in your ~/.zshrc file, there was a commented line,

# If you come from bash you might have to change your $PATH
# export PATH=$HOME/bin:/usr/local/bin:$PATH

Just uncomment the export statement and all your previous bash_profile commands will also be there. If that comment does not exist, you can also just add that export statement to .zshrc file.

None of these solutions worked for me. I had to append bash environment to the zsh:

echo 'source ~/.bash_profile' >> ~/.zshrc

Go to terminal PREFERENCES, then PROFILES tab, then under the STARTUP section within the SHELL tab, check the white boxes for RUN COMMAND and RUN INSIDE SHELL. Clear any text in the RUN COMMAND input area, then add the command below and restart the terminal:

source ~/.bash_profile; clear

FYI for anyone having this same issue keep in mind that you need to make sure that you have the right version of anaconda in that export path:

anaconda2 or anaconda3 

Spent way too long on that minor issue.

this solved it for me, and is sure to work
add this to ~/.zshrc

export PATH=path_to_anaconda_bin:$PATH

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