Adding Anaconda Assistant to Workbench#

Anaconda Assistant is the AI pair programmer developed by Anaconda to assist you with coding in your Jupyter Notebooks. You can install the Anaconda Assistant as an optional component of the Data Science & AI Workbench.

Installing Anaconda Assistant#

  1. Open a browser and log in to Workbench as the anaconda-enterprise user.

  2. Open any existing project and view its settings.

  3. If necessary, change the Default Editor to JupyterLab.

  4. Open a project session.

  5. Open a terminal window in your project session.

  6. Download the Anaconda Assistant tarball and its checksum by running the following commands:

    curl -O
    curl -O
  7. Verify the checksum of the files you downloaded by running the following command:

    sha256sum -check jupyter-as-tgz-0.3.5_4.tgz.sha256
  8. Unpack the tarball you just downloaded into the tools directory by running the following command:

    tar xvzf  jupyter-as-tgz-0.3.5_4.tgz -C /tools


Keep this session open while you enable the Anaconda Assistant.

Enabling the Anaconda Assistant#

Obtaining an token#

To enable the Anaconda Assistant, you must have an Anaconda Cloud account. If you do not have an Anaconda Cloud account, create one now.


You must obtain your token from a machine that has connectivity to

Anaconda Assistant utilizes a token that must be generated using the anaconda-cloud-cli package, which is available in Anaconda’s default channel. This token provides your Workbench instance with access to the Anaconda Assistant API.

  1. Open a terminal application outside of Workbench on your machine.

  2. Create a conda environment with the packages you need by running the following command:

    conda create -n anaconda-cloud -y anaconda-cloud-auth anaconda-cloud-cli
  3. Activate your new environment by running the following command:

    conda activate anaconda-cloud
  4. Log in to by running the following command:

    anaconda login
  5. Select and press Enter/return.

  6. Use the browser window that appears to log in to Anaconda Cloud using your account credentials.


    You can close the window once you are logged in.

  7. Return to your terminal application (outside of Workbench) and enter a python command prompt by running the following command:

  8. View your token by running the following commands:

    from anaconda_cloud_auth.token import TokenInfo


Store this token in a secure location for now.

Setting environment variables#

  1. Connect to your instance of Workbench.

  2. Edit the anaconda-enterprise-env-var-config configmap by following the process for setting global config variables.

  3. Include the following lines:

    # Replace <CLOUD_API_TOKEN> with the your cloud API token
    ANACONDA_ASSISTANT_ENVIRONMENT_TYPE: enterprise-notebooks-prod

Verifying installation#

With the tarball extracted into the /tools volume and your API key stored as a system variable, return to Workbench and create a new project with JupyterLab as its default editor. You will see the Anaconda Assistant on the right hand side of the screen when you open a notebook (.ipynb) file.

For more information about how to use the Assistant, see the Anaconda Assistant quickstart guide.