Updating to Python 3.7 Using Anaconda: A Guide

In this blog, discover how to seamlessly upgrade to Python 3.7 through Anaconda, enhancing your data science capabilities with the latest features and improvements.

Updating to Python 3.7 Using Anaconda: A Guide

Python is a versatile language that is constantly evolving, with new versions being released regularly. One such version is Python 3.7, which comes with several enhancements and features that can significantly improve your data science workflow. In this blog post, we’ll guide you through the process of updating to Python 3.7 using Anaconda, a popular Python distribution for data science.

What is Anaconda?

Anaconda is a free and open-source distribution of Python and R programming languages for scientific computing. It simplifies package management and deployment, making it a favorite among data scientists.

Why Update to Python 3.7?

Python 3.7 introduces several new features and optimizations, including:

  • Enhanced performance: Python 3.7 has several speed improvements over previous versions.
  • Data Classes: This new feature reduces boilerplate when working with data.
  • Improved debugging and development: Python 3.7 introduces “breakpoint()”, a built-in function to enter the debugger.

Step-by-Step Guide to Update Python Using Anaconda

Step 1: Check Your Current Python Version

Before updating, it’s important to know your current Python version. Open your terminal or Anaconda Prompt and type:

python --version

Step 2: Update Anaconda

Ensure your Anaconda distribution is up-to-date. Run the following command:

conda update anaconda

Step 3: Create a New Environment

It’s recommended to create a new environment when updating Python to avoid conflicts with your existing packages. Use the following command:

conda create -n py37 python=3.7

Here, py37 is the name of the new environment, and python=3.7 specifies the Python version.

Step 4: Activate the New Environment

Activate the new environment using:

conda activate py37

Step 5: Install Necessary Packages

Install your necessary packages within this environment. For example, to install NumPy, use:

conda install numpy

Step 6: Verify the Python Version

Finally, verify that the new environment is using Python 3.7:

python --version


Updating to Python 3.7 using Anaconda is a straightforward process that can significantly enhance your data science workflow. Remember to create a new environment when updating to avoid conflicts with your existing packages.

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