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Is there any way to make anaconda smaller?

Yunqiu Xu
Yunqiu Xu Published in 2018-01-12 13:09:14Z

I'm using Ubuntu 16.04 LTS with Anaconda 2, which takes over 5 gb disk space. Is it normal to take such large space, or I can make it smaller by removing some unnecessary folders?

P.S. Some commands such as "conda clean" have been used, I just wonder if there are some repeated modules installed...

CodeWolf Reply to 2018-01-12 13:49:48Z

It depends what do you really want to use.

You can install spyder without anaconda:

pip install spyder


pip install jupyter

And install required packages, this will definitely reduce the size. :)

emmet02 Reply to 2018-01-12 15:46:30Z

Important to note that conda is a package/environment manager, which can build an anaconda environment.

More often than not, they are considered as one in the same which is untrue.

If you want to simply use conda, the package/environment manager and not have the entire anaconda environment packaged with it, you can install miniconda - https://conda.io/miniconda.html- which gives you the conda application, without the bloat* of the entire scientific stack of anaconda.

miniconda will have a far smaller footprint, and then using conda to create specific (streamline/smaller) environments for usage will also be more storage-efficient.

Make the separation between conda and anaconda in your thinking, and it should make things easier to understand.

*not quite fair, it is not that it is bloat, it is just overkill for 99% of users

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