How to Install Anaconda Python on Debian 9

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Anaconda Python on a Debian 9 VPS.

Anaconda is one of the most popular package managers and distribution systems for the Python and R programming languages. It is open-source and designed for data science and machine learning platforms, and is used for large-scale data processing, deep learning-related applications, and scientific computing.

Anaconda Distribution is used by over 15 million users and it offers more than 1400 data packages individually from its repository. Anaconda python also includes an environment manager and a package manager called ‘conda’. It works on all major operating systems, including Linux, macOS, and Windows.

Let’s begin with the installation.


  • For the purposes of this tutorial, we will use a Debian 9 VPS.
  • Full SSH root access or a user with sudo privileges is also required.

Step 1: Connect via SSH and Update the OS

Connect to your server via SSH as the root user using the following command:


Remember to replace “IP_ADDRESS” and “PORT_NUMBER” with your server’s respective IP address and SSH port number.

Before starting with the installation, you will need to update your OS packages to their latest versions. It’s easy to do, and it won’t take more than a few minutes.

You can do this by running the following command:

apt-get update 
apt-get upgrade

Once the updates are completed, we can move on to the next step.

Step 2: Install Anaconda

The current latest stable version for Anaconda is 2019.07 at the time of writing this tutorial. You can check if the new version is available by visiting the Anaconda download page at the Anaconda website.

Change to the /opt directory and download the Anaconda installation script with the following command:

cd /opt

Once the script is downloaded, use the sha256sum command to verify the script checksum as shown below:


The output will look similar to bellow:


Make it sure above hash matches with hash available at the “Anaconda with Python 3 on 64 bit Linux” webpage:

anaconda hash

If the hashes match, you can continue with the Anaconda Python installation.

To start the Anaconda installation process run the installation script:


You should see an output like the following:

Welcome to Anaconda3 2019.07

In order to continue the installation process, please review the license
Please, press ENTER to continue

Press ENTER to continue and then press ENTER to scroll through the license. Once you’re done reviewing the license, you’ll be asked to accept the license terms:

Do you accept the license terms? [yes|no]
[no] >>>
Please answer 'yes' or 'no':'
>>> yes

Type yes and hit ENTER, and you will be prompted to accept the default Anaconda installation path:

Anaconda3 will now be installed into this location:

- Press ENTER to confirm the location
- Press CTRL-C to abort the installation
- Or specify a different location below

[/root/anaconda3] >>>

Press ENTER to confirm the default location /root/anaconda3 and the Anaconda installation will start, which may take some time, depending on your server resources. And once it is completed, the following output will be displayed:

installation finished.
Do you wish the installer to initialize Anaconda3
by running conda init? [yes|no]
[no] >>> yes

We will type “yes” so that we can use the conda command. You will get an output similar to the one below:

==> For changes to take effect, close and re-open your current shell. <==

If you'd prefer that conda's base environment not be activated on startup,
set the auto_activate_base parameter to false:
conda config --set auto_activate_base false

Thank you for installing Anaconda3!


Anaconda and JetBrains are working together to bring you Anaconda-powered
environments tightly integrated in the PyCharm IDE.

PyCharm for Anaconda is available at:

Next, source the ~/.bashrc file to activate your Anaconda installation with the following command:

source ~/.bashrc

We can now verify our Anaconda installation by running the following command:

conda --version

The output below shows the conda version:

conda 4.7.10

We can also verify the basic Anaconda installation information using the following command:

conda info

The output should look like this:

active environment : base
active env location : /root/anaconda3
shell level : 1
user config file : /root/.condarc
populated config files :
conda version : 4.7.10
conda-build version : 3.18.8
python version :
virtual packages :
base environment : /root/anaconda3 (writable)
channel URLs :
package cache : /root/anaconda3/pkgs
envs directories : /root/anaconda3/envs
platform : linux-64
user-agent : conda/4.7.10 requests/2.22.0 CPython/3.7.3 Linux/4.9.0-5-amd64 debian/9.3 glibc/2.24
UID:GID : 0:0
netrc file : None
offline mode : False

Step 3: Upgrade Anaconda

You need to regularly update Anaconda to the latest version. In order to upgrade Anaconda, we need to upgrade the conda tool with the following command:

conda update conda

We will be asked to accept the update, so we have to type “y” and hit ENTER to update conda. Once the conda utility is updated, we can proceed with Anaconda update by running the following command:

conda update anaconda

We will be asked to accept the update, so type “y” and hit ENTER to update Anaconda.

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Step 4: Set Up an Anaconda Environment

Anaconda virtual environments is a working copy of Python that maintains its own files, directories, and paths so that we can work with specific versions of libraries or Python.

For example, to create a Python 3 environment named new_env, run the following command:

conda create --name new_env python=3

Once created, activate the new environment with the following command:

conda activate new_env

Once activated, we are now ready to begin work on a project.

Congratulations. We have successfully installed Anaconda Python on our Debian 9 VPS. For more information about Anaconda Python, visit the official documentation page at Anaconda website.

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