As an alternative to Anaconda, you can also use the open-source project Miniforge.

Miniforge is a small, bootstrap version of the data science platform Anaconda that includes only Python, the open source package management system conda and a small number of other useful packages.

Miniforge also uses Anaconda’s package manager conda, which makes it easy to manage multiple data environments that can be maintained and run separately without interference from each other (in so called virtual environments).


Miniforge is an community-led alternative to the data science platforms Anaconda and Miniconda, provided by Anaconda, Inc.

Compared to Anaconda, Miniforge provides more up-to-date packages, and is more user-friendly. Therefore, I recommend using Miniforge for data science projects.

To do

Install the latest version of the Miniforge