Whenever I open a terminal, I have to write

export PATH=~/anaconda3/bin:$PATH

to use any feature of anaconda

I want a persistent path.

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    I'm voting to leave this question open despite the similarities because this problem is so common to Anaconda that it deserves a separate question for Anaconda users.
    – karel
    Jul 31, 2018 at 3:49
  • Also I don't think it would be a good idea to merge the two questions because that would require deleting Klaus-Dieter Warzecha's answer.
    – karel
    Jul 31, 2018 at 6:46

4 Answers 4


the file .bashrc (hidden file), located in the home directory, runs codes every time a new terminal is opened.

Then add a line on it:

export PATH=~/anaconda3/bin:$PATH
  • I'm running Mint and I have this line in my .bashrc. But I note that .bashrc is not run when I start an env console from within anaconda navigator. I added that line to /etc/bash.bashrc and it worked (single user system)
    – PhilW
    Sep 30, 2018 at 17:06
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    it worked on my ubuntu 18.04 LTS, thanks @Vitor Nov 9, 2018 at 14:43

Wouldn't it be nice if somebody else would handle that for you? ;-)

Edit your .profile and add something like the following lines:

if [ -d "$HOME/anaconda3/bin" ] ; then
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    What does the if statement with the -d indicate here?
    – Rik
    Sep 14, 2016 at 15:26
  • @Rik Square brackets with -d are used to test if the string is a directory. Sep 14, 2016 at 21:34

Start with:

sudo nano ~/.bashrc

go down to the last line in the file and add

export PATH=~/anaconda3/bin:$PATH

then Ctrl+X and then enter

open a new terminal and enjoy anaconda--navigator

  • this worked on ubuntu 20.04 LTS and Anaconda3
    – Shadab K
    Apr 30, 2020 at 9:57

Reinstall anaconda, and notice that at the end of the install process there is a optional selection that allow you to add conda command to your PATH.

You can choose to say yes, and then you can use the command conda.

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