How to Create a New Environment Location for Conda Create: A Guide

Conda is a powerful package, dependency, and environment management tool for data scientists. It allows you to create isolated environments for your projects, ensuring that dependencies won’t interfere with each other. In this blog post, we’ll delve into how to specify a new environment location when using conda create. This is an essential skill for data scientists who want to manage their project environments more effectively.

Why Specify a New Environment Location?

Before we dive into the how, let’s discuss the why. By default, Conda creates new environments in a default directory. However, there might be instances where you want to create an environment in a specific location. This could be due to storage limitations, organization preferences, or project-specific requirements. Specifying a new environment location gives you more control over your project’s structure and resources.

Step-by-Step Guide to Specifying a New Environment Location

Let’s get into the step-by-step process of specifying a new environment location with Conda.

Step 1: Install Conda

If you haven’t already, you’ll need to install Conda. You can download it from the official Anaconda website. Choose the version that suits your operating system.

Step 2: Open the Terminal

Next, open your terminal. On Windows, you can use the Anaconda Prompt, while on macOS and Linux, you can use the terminal.

Step 3: Use the –prefix or -p Option

To specify a new environment location, use the --prefix or -p option followed by the path to the directory where you want to create the environment. The command should look like this:

conda create --prefix /path/to/directory


conda create -p /path/to/directory

Replace /path/to/directory with the actual path where you want to create the new environment.

Step 4: Specify the Python Version and Packages you need to pre-install

When creating the new enviornment, you can also specify the Python version and the packages you want to install in the new environment. For example, to create an environment with Python 3.10 and NumPy, you would use:

conda create --prefix /path/to/directory python=3.8 numpy

Step 5: Activate the New Environment

After creating the environment, you need to activate it using the conda activate command followed by the path to the environment:

conda activate /path/to/directory


Conda is a versatile tool that offers data scientists great flexibility in managing their project environments. By learning how to specify a new environment location when creating a Conda environment, you can better manage your project’s resources and structure. Remember, the key is to use the --prefix or -p option followed by the path to the desired directory.

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