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The following workflow will demonstrate how to install the Pandas module for python as an exampleset up an Anaconda virtual environment similar to ArcGIS, with the "pandas" module added. Pandas is great for a whole variety of data processing tasks (just google "python pandas"). It is not a standalone module; it sits on top of numpy. A version of Pandas only works with a specific version of numpy. Since we don't want to mess with the version of numpy that comes with ESRI software, we need to match the version of Pandas that will be happy with the ESRI version of numpyIf you get this far, you can adapt this workflow to include other modules you may want.

The following example is for ArcGIS 10.2.2.


  1. Get to the Anaconda Command Prompt (Start > Search > Anaconda, pick "Anaconda Command Prompt")
  2. Type "conda create -n arc1022 python=2.7.5 numpy=1.7.1 matplotlib=1.3.0 xlrd=0.9.2 xlwt=0.7.5 pyparsing=1.5  pandaspandas" 
    or, better yet, use this file (conda_arc1022.txt) that has a more complete list
    "conda create --file conda_arc1022.txt" 
  3. Anaconda's conda command will then: