How to Fix the "Conda Command Not Found" Error

If you're diving into the world of Python, chances are you'll encounter Conda at some point. Conda is an open-source package management system and environment management system that runs on Windows, macOS, and Linux. It's designed to facilitate package management and deployment for various programming languages, but primarily focuses on Python. However, sometimes, when trying to use Conda, you might be met with the frustrating "Conda command not found" error. This post will guide you through understanding why this error occurs and how to solve it efficiently.

Understanding the Error

The "Conda command not found" error typically occurs because the Conda executable is not found in your system's PATH. The PATH is an environment variable that lists directories where the system looks for executable files. When you type a command in the terminal, the system searches these directories to find the executable file for that command. If it's not there, you get an error saying the command wasn't found.

How to Fix the Error

1. Verify Conda Installation

First, ensure that Conda is correctly installed on your system. If you're unsure, try reinstalling Conda. You can download it from the official Miniconda or Anaconda websites, depending on your needs. Miniconda is a minimal installer for Conda, while Anaconda is a distribution that includes Conda, Python, and a bunch of scientific packages and their dependencies.

2. Add Conda to Your PATH

If Conda is installed but you're still facing the issue, you likely need to add Conda's executable to your PATH. Here's how to do it on different operating systems:

For macOS and Linux:

Open a terminal and run the following command to add Conda to your PATH. Replace ~/miniconda3/ with the path to where Conda is installed on your system. The default path is usually ~/miniconda3/ for Miniconda and ~/anaconda3/ for Anaconda.

echo 'export PATH="~/miniconda3/bin:$PATH"' >> ~/.bash_profile

For newer versions of macOS using the Zsh shell, replace .bash_profile with .zshrc.

After adding this line, you'll need to reload the profile with the command:

source ~/.bash_profile

Or, if you're using Zsh:

source ~/.zshrc

For Windows:

On Windows, you can add Conda to your PATH through the System Properties.

  1. Search for "Edit the system environment variables" and open it.
  2. Click on the "Environment Variables" button.
  3. In the "System variables" section, find the "Path" variable and select "Edit".
  4. Click "New" and add the path to your Conda installation (e.g., C:\Users\YourUsername\miniconda3\Scripts).
  5. Click "OK" to close all dialog boxes.

3. Verify the Fix

To verify that Conda is now recognized, open a new terminal or command prompt window and type:

conda --version

If everything is set up correctly, you should see Conda's version number displayed, indicating that the command is now recognized.


The "Conda command not found" error can be a stumbling block when setting up your Python environment. However, by ensuring that Conda is correctly installed and its executable is in your system's PATH, you can overcome this hurdle. Whether you're on Windows, macOS, or Linux, the steps outlined above should help you get back on track and ready to use Conda for managing your Python packages and environments.