The quickest way to start using conda is to go through the 30-minute Getting started with conda guide.

The conda command is the primary interface for managing installations of various packages. It can:

  • Query and search the Anaconda package index and current Anaconda installation.
  • Create new conda environments.
  • Install and update packages into existing conda environments.

TIP: You can abbreviate many frequently used command options that are preceded by 2 dashes (--) to just 1 dash and the first letter of the option. So --name and -n are the same, and --envs and -e are the same.

For full usage of each command, including abbreviations, see Command reference. You can see the same information at the command line by viewing the command-line help.