Installation for Windows


Anaconda Distribution

  1. Download the latest Python 3.X Anaconda Distribution.

  2. Double click on the Anaconda3-XX.exe. Klick Next and Agree to the following License Agreement.

  3. We recommend to install Anaconda only for the current User (Select Just me) just_me.png

    This has the advantage that each User can manage their environment individually.

  4. The default installation path is C:\Users\MYUSER\AppData\Local\Continuum\anaconda3, which is fine. In the Explorer you can navigate to the directy by pasting %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Continuum\anaconda3 into the Explorer.

  5. !IMPORTANT!: In the following screen you are prompted whether you want to add Python to your PATH. If this is your first Python installation, we recommend strongly to choose both options! This allows you to directly use this installation from any Shell and ensures that this installation is used as a default interpreter. If you don’t want to add Python to your system PATH, make sure to use Anaconda Prompt to install packages in the following steps. path.png

Starting Jupyter

Option 1: Start the Application Jupyter Notebook from your Start-Menu. Then open your browser and navigate to localhost:8888

Option 2: Press Windows + R, type in cmd and press ENTER. Then type in jupyter notebook and press ENTER. Do not close the window and navigate to localhost:8888 with your browser.

Optional: IDE

Beside Jupyter Notebooks, there are various Integrated Development Environments Available (IDE) available for Python. While Spyder is a lightweight IDE that comes with Anaconda, we recommend using Pycharm. You can even use Pycharm Professional for free after registering on the website with your university mail.

Using from PowerShell / Cygwin (WINDOWS)

If you want to use pip and conda from a proper shell, you have to tell it where to find them by adding them to your PATH Environment variable or using conda activate. This can be done in two ways:

  1. Manually using adding the Scripts, bin and main anaconda installation folder to your path (Typically C:\Users\YOURUSER\AppData\Local\Continuum\anaconda3). Make sure to restart your shell afterwards.
  2. Activating a Conda environment as described here