Working with packages

Anaconda Enterprise uses packages 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.

Packages are distributed via channels. Channels may point to a cloud-based repository or a private location on a remote or local repository that you or someone else in your organization created. For more information, see Configuring channels and packages.

NOTE: Anaconda Enterprise supports the use of both conda and pip packages in its repository. To create and share channels and packages from your Anaconda Repository using conda commands, first install anaconda-enterprise-cli and log in to your AE instance.


Creating a package requires familiarity with the conda package manager and command line interface (CLI), so not all AE users will create packages and channels.

Many Anaconda Enterprise users may interact with packages primarily within the context of projects and deployments. In this case, they will likely do the following:

  • Access and download any packages and installers they need from the list of those available under Channels.
  • Work with the contents of the package as they create models and dashboards, then
  • Add any packages the project depends on to the project before deploying it.

Other users may primarily build packages, upload them to channels and share them with others to access and download.