How To Install Conda On Mac

Welcome to this comprehensive guide on how to install Conda on Mac. Conda is a powerful package management system that helps to streamline the installation of various libraries and packages. This guide will lead you through the easy-to-follow steps to get Conda up and running on your Mac.


Before we dive into the installation process, ensure that you have the following:

  • A Mac system running macOS 10.7 (Lion) or newer versions.
  • Administrative access to install new software.
  • Active internet connection.

Installation Steps

Once you have the pre-requisites sorted out, follow the steps outlined below:

Step 1: Download the Anaconda Installer

To begin, we need to download the Anaconda installer, which includes Conda, Python, and over 100 scientifically tested and optimized packages. Visit the Anaconda distribution page and download the Python 3.x graphical installer for macOS.

Step 2: Run the Installer

After downloading, locate the downloaded .pkg file (usually in your downloads folder) and double-click to run the installer. This should open an installation wizard.

Step 3: Follow the Installation Prompt

Follow through the installation instructions on the prompt, making sure to agree to the terms and conditions and confirming the installation location. It is recommended to allow the installer to initialize Anaconda3 by running source ~/.bash_profile in the terminal.

Step 4: Verify the Installation

To verify that Conda has been installed successfully, open a new terminal window (or refresh the existing one) and run the following command:

conda --version

If the installation is successful, this command should output the version of Conda installed.


And there you have it! You’ve successfully installed Conda on your macOS. This should make managing your packages and libraries much easier and efficient. For further reading on how to use Conda, check out the official Conda getting started guide.