Uninstalling Anaconda Distribution¶
When uninstalling Anaconda, you have two options: a full uninstall or a simple remove. A simple remove is fine for most users. If you don’t want to completely remove every aspect of Anaconda Distribution from your computer, skip to Simple remove.
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A full uninstall removes all traces of the configuration files and directories from Anaconda and its programs with the
In Windows, open Anaconda Prompt. In Mac or Linux, open your terminal application.
anaconda-cleanpackage:conda install anaconda-clean
anaconda-clean. Run the command by itself to remove all Anaconda-related files and directories with a confirmation prompt before deleting each one, or use the
--yesargument to remove all those files and directories without being asked to confirm each one.# If you want to confirm each file and directory you are deleting anaconda-clean # If you don't want to be asked about each file and directory anaconda-clean --yes
anaconda-cleancreates a backup of all files and directories that might be removed in a folder named
.anaconda_backupin your home directory. Also note that
anaconda-cleanleaves your data files in the AnacondaProjects directory untouched.
- After using
anaconda-clean, follow the instructions in Simple remove to finish uninstalling Anaconda Distribution.
A simple remove will leave a few files behind, which for most users is just fine.
- Open the file explorer.
- Delete your environment (
anaconda3\envs) and package (
anaconda3\pkgs) folders in your user folder.
- Open Add or remove programs and uninstall your Anaconda installation or your version of Python.
macOS or Linux¶
Open your terminal application.
Remove your entire Anaconda directory with
rm -rf. Depending on your installation, your
anaconda3directory will be in your root folder or in your opt folder.
# The following are a few examples of how you may need to delete your Anaconda folder rm -rf anaconda3 rm -rf ~/anaconda3 rm -rf ~/opt/anaconda3
Close and reopen your terminal to refresh it. You should no longer see
(base)in your terminal prompt.
Removing Anaconda path from .bash_profile¶
If you use Linux or macOS, you may also wish to check your
.zprofile file in your home directory for a line such as:
/Users/jsmith/anaconda3/ with your actual path.
This line adds the Anaconda path to your PATH environment variable. It may refer to either Anaconda or Miniconda. After uninstalling Anaconda, delete this line.
- Make sure you’re in your home directory. The easiest way to do this is to open a new terminal window.
open .zprofileto open your terminal’s profile file.
- Delete the above line from the file.
- Close and reopen your terminal to refresh it.