Migrating from conda to conda-forge for Python package management

Anaconda changed its Term of Use to require payment from companies larger than 200 employees. Many companies are not willing to pay the subscription fees for a software they can substitute.

conda-forge is the free, really open source alternative for the conda Python package manager.

To migrate your development environment from conda to conda-forge

Install conda-forge

To install conda-forge

  1. Navigate to https://conda-forge.org/download/,
  2. Download the installer for you operating system,

On macOS

  1. Open a terminal
  2. Execte the command
    bash ~/Downloads/Miniforge3-MacOSX-x86_64.sh
    • Answer yes when asked to accept the license terms
    • Press ENTER to allow the installation into your user directory

On Windows

  1. Execute the Windows installer


Check the version of conda on your workstation, it should be higher than 4.9

conda --version

To not to active the conda base environment at startup execute the command

conda config --set auto_activate_base false


To activate the conda base environment in the terminal execute
eval “$(~/miniforge3/bin/conda shell.YOUR_SHELL_NAME hook)”

For iTerm the command is

eval "$(~/miniforge3/bin/conda shell.bash hook)"

To install conda’s shell functions for easier access, first activate, then:

conda init

For changes to take effect, close and re-open your current shell.

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