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Conda Auto Env

Apr 23, 20192 min readTutorial, Python
Credit: Kapa65

If you’re like me, you’ll have gotten tired pretty quickly of manually having to activate your conda environment every time you enter one of your Python projects. Since you’re reading this, you may even be so much like me that you started googling for a solution that would take care of this for you automatically.

Assuming that’s how you ended up reading this post, let me suggest the following solution that’s served me well for several months now. It’s a spin-off of Christine Doig’s conda-auto-env.


# automatically activates conda environments when entering directories
# with a conda environment file which must be named one of
#   - env(ironment).y(a)ml
#   - requirements.y(a)ml
# if env doesn't exist yet, create it; deactivate env when exciting folder
# installation: copy precmd() to .bashrc or save the whole script as
# file and source it in .bashrc, e.g. by placing it in /usr/local/bin
# or by symlinking conda_auto_env there

precmd() {
  FILE="$(find -E . -maxdepth 1 -regex '.*(env(ironment)?|requirements)\.ya?ml' -print -quit)"
  if [[ -e $FILE ]]; then
    ENV=$(sed -n 's/name: //p' $FILE)
    # check if env already active
    if [[ $CONDA_DEFAULT_ENV != $ENV ]]; then
      conda activate $ENV
      # if env activation unsuccessful, create new env from file
      if [ $? -ne 0 ]; then
        echo "Conda environment '$ENV' doesn't exist. Creating it now."
        conda env create -q
        conda activate $ENV
  # deactivate env when exciting root dir
  elif [[ $PATH = */envs/* ]]\
    && [[ $(pwd) != $CONDA_ENV_ROOT ]]\
    && [[ $(pwd) != $CONDA_ENV_ROOT/* ]]
    conda deactivate

To use this script, simply source it in your .bashrc or .bashprofile. For instance, say you have a ~/scripts directory where you keep custom scripts like this one, to add this script to your path, you simply run

ln -s "~/scripts/conda_auto_env" /usr/local/bin

and then append the following line to your .bashrc.

source conda_auto_env

That’s it. Now, everytime you open a shell prompt in a directory that contains a conda environment file named one of environment.y(a)ml, env.y(a)ml or requirements.y(a)ml, conda_auto_env will automatically read the name of the corresponding environment from that file and activate it. Similarly, when you exit that directory, the environment will be deactivated again and if the environment doesn’t exist yet when you first enter the directory, conda_auto_env will automatically generate it and install all dependencies specified in the YAML file.

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