After installing Anaconda correctly. I wanted after finishing the installation to do the following. I forget to do it while installing anaconda:

export PATH="/root/anaconda3/bin"
conda --version
conda command not found

then I opened

gedit /root/.bashrc 

I added at the end of file

export PATH="/root/anaconda3/bin"

but I still get

conda --version
conda command not found

EDIT1: gedit /root/.bashrc

# ~/.bashrc: executed by bash(1) for non-login shells.
# see /usr/share/doc/bash/examples/startup-files (in the package bash-doc)
# for examples

# If not running interactively, don't do anything
[ -z "$PS1" ] && return

# don't put duplicate lines in the history. See bash(1) for more options
# ... or force ignoredups and ignorespace

# 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

# 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) 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'

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

# 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 [ -f /etc/bash_completion ] && ! shopt -oq posix; then
#    . /etc/bash_completion

l did also the following :

 echo $PATH


What's wrong with my code? There are lots path in this path!!

  • Is conda installed in the home folder? What's the output of ll ~/
    – M. Becerra
    Apr 25, 2017 at 16:29
  • ll ~/ Command 'ls' is available in '/bin/ls' The command could not be located because '/bin' is not included in the PATH environment variable. ls: command not found
    – vincent
    Apr 25, 2017 at 16:29
  • anaconda3 is installed in /root/anaconda3/
    – vincent
    Apr 25, 2017 at 16:30
  • You installed it in /root instead of /home/$USER/. You must have been in the root home when you did so. please move it to /home/$USER Apr 25, 2017 at 16:33

4 Answers 4


Try adding below line to your .bashrc file

export PATH=~/anaconda3/bin:$PATH

then try:

conda --version

to see version

  • 1
    but I shouldn't need to run 'export PATH=~/anaconda3/bin:$PATH' every single time
    – Pavlos
    Jan 23, 2020 at 12:37

Lets fix it like this:

  1. Move it out of /root/ with:

    sudo mv /root/anaconda3 /home/$USER
  2. Add this to /home/ahmed/.bashrcplease don't use 'sudo' here simple do nano /home/$USER/.bashrc:

    # Anaconda3
    export PATH="/home/ahmed/anaconda2/bin:$PATH"
  3. Source the .bashrc file with:

    source /home/ahmed/.bashrc
  4. Now delete the entry [export PATH="/root/anaconda3/bin"] in /root/.bashrc with nano editor or with the editor you used before

  5. Open new terminal and check

  • 1
    But... the documentation says not to put it in your home directory (like it warns you not to do that). -- And like... if the supported path doesn't even work right then going down the explicitly unsupported path seems even worse... Feb 4, 2021 at 8:53

Do the following:

  1. Add this path to your .bashrc file export PATH=~/anaconda3/bin:$PATH or the path to the bin of your Anaconda insatllation
  2. Then reopen your terminal
  3. Type conda --version

Make sure that you are installing the Anaconda binary that is compatible with your kernel.
I was in the same situation. Turned out I have an x64_86 CPU and was trying to install a 64 bit Power 8 installer. You can find out the same for your CPU by using the following command. It gives you a basic information about a computer's software and hardware.

$ uname -a


The page in the link above, displays 2 different types of 64-Bit installers.

  • 64-Bit (x86) installer and
  • 64-Bit (Power 8) installer

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