Python Tutorial: How to install Anaconda3 (Python 3.5) for Windows

Python Tutorial: How to install Anaconda3 (Python 3.5) for Windows

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Anaconda is complete development environment with over 300 Python packages.

The Anaconda installer is somewhat large as it bundles a lot of packages such as pywin32, numpy, scipy. A complete list of packages can be found here.

I recommend installing the 3.5 version of Anaconda which includes Python 3.5.  You can still setup a Python 2.7 environment later as I will show you here.

You can also download miniconda, a much small download which only contains Python and conda. Then you can install individual packages using the conda command.

Download the Python 3.5 Installer

Once the installed has finished downloading, run it and install Anaconda.

I chose “install for everyone” but you may need to choose “just for me” if you do not have administrative privileges on the computer.

Install Anaconda accepting the default path

Once the installation is finished, we can test things out. No reboot is required.

Open a new command prompt window and type python. You should see a Python shell with the Python and anaconda versions listed above.


We can also confirm that some of the packages that come with anaconda are also present but issuing the import command.

import numby
import pywin32
import graphviz
import pymsql

You are now ready to start developing with Python on Windows

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