Configuring channels and packages

Anaconda Enterprise enables you to distribute software through the use of channels and packages. Channels represent locations of repositories where Anaconda Enterprise looks for packages. Packages are used to bundle software files and information about the software—such as its name, specific version and description—into a single file that can be easily installed and managed.

NOTE: Anaconda Enterprise supports the use of both conda and pip packages in its repository.

The process for distributing packages within an organization resembles the following:

  1. Configure access to a cloud-based repository or a private location on a remote or local repository that you or your organization created. See Accessing remote package repositories for more information.

  2. Mirror the entire Anaconda repository or specific packages. You can also mirror packages in a repository in an airgapped environment without internet access.

  3. Share channels with specific users or groups to give them access to the packages within the channel. You can copy packages from one channel into another, customize each channel by including different versions of packages, and delete channels when they are no longer needed. See Managing channels and packages for more information.

Your organization can also optionally configure Anaconda Enterprise to point conda to an on-premises repository, or use a proxy for conda packages.