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What is the Anaconda distribution?

Anaconda is an open-source Python distribution that makes is possible to easily install many pre-packaged third party Python modules. 

It has some big advantages over using Esri's distributions:

  • Very useful add-ons not in Esri's standard distribution are available (iPython, pandas, etc).
  • You can install and update Python as a regular user
  • You can install and remove, and update third party packages easily (and without admin access)
  • A single Python install stack can be used to set up different "virtual environments"

References

 

How to do a separate Python installation with ArcGIS? (GIS Stack Exchange)

Using ArcPy with Anaconda (PyMorton)

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