Python Anaconda - How to Safely Uninstall Python Anaconda - How to Safely Uninstall python python

Python Anaconda - How to Safely Uninstall


From the docs:

To uninstall Anaconda open a terminal window and remove the entire anaconda install directory: rm -rf ~/anaconda. You may also edit ~/.bash_profile and remove the anaconda directory from your PATH environment variable, and remove the hidden .condarc file and .conda and .continuum directories which may have been created in the home directory with rm -rf ~/.condarc ~/.conda ~/.continuum.

Further notes:

  • Python3 installs may use a ~/anaconda3 dir instead of ~/anaconda.
  • You might also have a ~/.anaconda hidden directory that may be removed.
  • Depending on how you installed, it is possible that the PATH is modified in one of your runcom files, and not in your shell profile. So, for example if you are using bash, be sure to check your ~/.bashrc if you don't find the PATH modified in ~/.bash_profile.


The anaconda installer adds a line in your ~/.bash_profile script that prepends the anaconda bin directory to your $PATH environment variable. Deleting the anaconda directory should be all you need to do, but it's good housekeeping to remove this line from your setup script too.


Package "anaconda clean", available from Anaconda platform, should uninstall safely.

conda activate your_conda_env  # activate your conda environmentconda install anaconda-clean   # install the package anaconda cleananaconda-clean --yes           # clean all anaconda related files and directories rm -rf ~/anaconda3             # removes the entire anaconda directoryrm -rf ~/.anaconda_backup       # anaconda clean creates a back_up of files/dirs, remove it                                 # (conda list; cmd shouldn't respond after the clean up)

Refer: https://docs.anaconda.com/anaconda/install/uninstall for more details.

Note: Also, you may want to edit .bashrc (or .bash_profile) & remove the conda path in $PATH environment variable for full proper clean-up


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