As per the title, I'm wondering why I have (base) on the left of my terminal prompt.

If I run source ~/.profile in the terminal, it disappears.

If I close that terminal and reopen a new terminal, (base) is there again.

I'd like to know what it is, thanks.

Check out in the image:

Image of my prompt

Here's the content of my .profile (excluding standard $path stuff and other personalized things):

# if running bash
if [ -n "$BASH_VERSION" ]; then
    # include .bashrc if it exists
    if [ -f "$HOME/.bashrc" ]; then
        . "$HOME/.bashrc"

Here's the content of my .bashrc

# If not running interactively, don't do anything
case $- in
    *i*) ;;
      *) return;;

# don't put duplicate lines or lines starting with space in the history.
# See bash(1) for more options

# append to the history file, don't overwrite it
shopt -s histappend

# for setting history length see HISTSIZE and HISTFILESIZE in bash(1)

# check the window size after each command and, if necessary,
# update the values of LINES and COLUMNS.
shopt -s checkwinsize

# If set, the pattern "**" used in a pathname expansion context will
# match all files and zero or more directories and subdirectories.
#shopt -s globstar

# make less more friendly for non-text input files, see lesspipe(1)
[ -x /usr/bin/lesspipe ] && eval "$(SHELL=/bin/sh lesspipe)"

# set variable identifying the chroot you work in (used in the prompt below)
if [ -z "${debian_chroot:-}" ] && [ -r /etc/debian_chroot ]; then
    debian_chroot=$(cat /etc/debian_chroot)

# set a fancy prompt (non-color, unless we know we "want" color)
case "$TERM" in
    xterm-color|*-256color) color_prompt=yes;;

# uncomment for a colored prompt, if the terminal has the capability; turned
# off by default to not distract the user: the focus in a terminal window
# should be on the output of commands, not on the prompt

if [ -n "$force_color_prompt" ]; then
    if [ -x /usr/bin/tput ] && tput setaf 1 >&/dev/null; then
    # We have color support; assume it's compliant with Ecma-48
    # (ISO/IEC-6429). (Lack of such support is extremely rare, and such
    # a case would tend to support setf rather than setaf.)

if [ "$color_prompt" = yes ]; then
    PS1='${debian_chroot:+($debian_chroot)}\[\033[01;32m\]\u@\h\[\033[00m\]:\[\033[01;34m\]\w\[\033[00m\]\$ '
    PS1='${debian_chroot:+($debian_chroot)}\u@\h:\w\$ '
unset color_prompt force_color_prompt

# If this is an xterm set the title to user@host:dir
case "$TERM" in
    PS1="\[\e]0;${debian_chroot:+($debian_chroot)}\u@\h: \w\a\]$PS1"

# enable color support of ls and also add handy aliases
if [ -x /usr/bin/dircolors ]; then
    test -r ~/.dircolors && eval "$(dircolors -b ~/.dircolors)" || eval "$(dircolors -b)"
    alias ls='ls --color=auto'
    #alias dir='dir --color=auto'
    #alias vdir='vdir --color=auto'

    alias grep='grep --color=auto'
    alias fgrep='fgrep --color=auto'
    alias egrep='egrep --color=auto'

# colored GCC warnings and errors
#export GCC_COLORS='error=01;31:warning=01;35:note=01;36:caret=01;32:locus=01:quote=01'

# some more ls aliases
alias ll='ls -alF'
alias la='ls -A'
alias l='ls -CF'

# Add an "alert" alias for long running commands.  Use like so:
#   sleep 10; alert
alias alert='notify-send --urgency=low -i "$([ $? = 0 ] && echo terminal || echo error)" "$(history|tail -n1|sed -e '\''s/^\s*[0-9]\+\s*//;s/[;&|]\s*alert$//'\'')"'

# Alias definitions.
# You may want to put all your additions into a separate file like
# ~/.bash_aliases, instead of adding them here directly.
# See /usr/share/doc/bash-doc/examples in the bash-doc package.

if [ -f ~/.bash_aliases ]; then
    . ~/.bash_aliases

# enable programmable completion features (you don't need to enable
# this, if it's already enabled in /etc/bash.bashrc and /etc/profile
# sources /etc/bash.bashrc).
if ! shopt -oq posix; then
  if [ -f /usr/share/bash-completion/bash_completion ]; then
    . /usr/share/bash-completion/bash_completion
  elif [ -f /etc/bash_completion ]; then
    . /etc/bash_completion

# added by Anaconda3 installer
#export PATH="/home/jim/anaconda3/bin:$PATH"
. /home/jim/anaconda3/etc/profile.d/conda.sh
conda activate

I searched all over, but couldn't find the answer. Another user asked the same questions, but it is yet unanswered:

  • Thanks Eliah for the editing! I'm relatively new here :) – Jimmy Apr 19 '18 at 17:15

This appears to come from your conda environment. In particular, you are activating conda from your ~/.bashrc as follows

# added by Anaconda3 installer
#export PATH="/home/jim/anaconda3/bin:$PATH"
. /home/jim/anaconda3/etc/profile.d/conda.sh
conda activate

and conda activate prepends your prompt with (<env-name->) - because you are not specifying a particular environment, that defaults to (base).

The behavior is documented at Using the .condarc conda configuration file:

Change command prompt (changeps1)

When using activate, change the command prompt from $PS1 to include the activated environment. The default is True.


changeps1: False

So to make it go away, either find and modify your .condarc file - or don't activate conda from your ~/.bashrc file.


(base) appears due to change in conda environment.

The following command hides (base) environment.

conda config --set changeps1 False

This can also be because auto_activate_base is set to True. You can check this using the following command

conda config --show | grep auto_activate_base

To set it false

conda config --set auto_activate_base False
  • 1
    This command finally helped me! The other solutions didn't work because my changeps1 was already set to false. The error in my case came to be after I installed matplotlib via conda. Before (base) would never show. Thanks for adding the line to check the config! – Andrusch Feb 13 at 10:24
  • finally someone hits the mark. But do you know why that value is suddenly switched to True? (In my case it was not like that for a long while) – HongboZhu Feb 14 at 10:16

To deactivate a conda environment, enter: conda deactivate This will remove the '(bash)' before your Linux prompt.

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