Alternative installation method for Conda environments

In the previous section we installed our specific conda Python environment wit ha pre-defined environment configuration file. In this section we show an alternative variant how you can install conda environments in a more flexible way if you need to.


Please don’t do the following steps, because you already have the environment install via the environment.yml configuration above.

The other variant is typically more widely used in exploratory setups. It is a step-by-step procedure. Here we are making sure that Python in version 3.7 will be installed and that we want to explicitly use the additional package channels pyviz and conda-forge. And we gibe the environment a name (-n).

If you would create your environment manually, it would go like that: Open the Anaconda prompt from the Start Menu and type the command below.

(C:\dev\conda3) conda create -n geopy2020alt python=3.7 -c conda-forge

Ok, now that we have installed a Python working environment with the name geopy2020alt with our desired library packages, we can check installed environments just to be sure. In order to show all environments that have already been created you can ask conda to list these:

(C:\dev\conda3)  conda env list

Now we want to activate that environment, install additional packages and start working with it:

(C:\dev\conda3)  activate geopy2020alt


Install GIS related packages with conda by running in command prompt following commands (in the same order as they are listed). Make sure you are in the correct environment (don’t install into base, install new packages ideally only into your designated created environments)

(geopy2020alt) conda install -c conda-forge numpy pandas gdal fiona shapely geopandas geoviews

# Install matplotlib and Jupyter Lab/Notebook
(geopy2020alt) conda install -c conda-forge matplotlib jupyter jupyterlab

# Install scipy, pysal and mapclassify
(geopy2020alt) conda install -c conda-forge scipy pysal mapclassify

# Install rasterio and rasterstats
(geopy2020alt) conda install -c conda-forge rasterio rasterstats

# Install seaborn
(geopy2020alt) conda install -c conda-forge seaborn

# Install geoplot and cartopy
(geopy2020alt) conda install -c conda-forge geoplot cartopy geoviews

# Install
(geopy2020alt) conda install -c conda-forge owslib requests urllib3

# Install earthpy
(geopy2020alt) conda install -c conda-forge earthpy

# Install Folium
(geopy2020alt) conda install -c conda-forge folium

In the next step we will verify the installation of our conda Python environment and configure Jupyter Notebooks.