In this section, we provide you with detailed information about the fundamental concepts in conda, including information about packages, channels, environments, and plugins, among others.


Conda commands are your interface for interacting with everything


Learn about the different forms a package can take

Package specification#

Learn about exactly what belongs in a package and what the different metadata files mean

Package search and install#

The search specifications for a package (for the conda install and conda search commands)


Learn about channels and how they host packages


Learn about how environments work and how they differ from Python's virtual environments

Installing with conda#

Take a deep dive into exactly what happens during an installation with conda


Understand what impacts the performance and speed of conda and how to improve it

Conda for data scientists#

See why conda is a such a valuable tool for data scientists


The behavior of conda can be extended via plugins; learn more here