How to uninstall or remove Anaconda completely from macOS

Kuan Hoong, Ph.D
2 min readMay 31, 2020
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Anaconda is a free and open-source distribution of the Python and R programming languages that is widely used among the Data Science, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence communities. However, due to its wide distribution, sometimes there is a need for complete removal or uninstall.

Here are some simple guides on how to uninstall or remove Anaconda completely from macOS computers.

Option A: Use simple remove to uninstall Anaconda:

Delete the anaconda install folder, which is usually under your home directory from your terminal:

*For macOS (High Sierra), Anaconda is installed at ~/opt/anaconda3.

rm -rf ~/anaconda3

Once you removed all the Anaconda files, you may want to remove the following lines from your .bash_profile

Go to terminal and type:

nano ~/.bash_profile

and delete the following lines:

# added by Anaconda3 2019.10 installer
# >>> conda init >>>
# !! Contents within this block are managed by ‘conda init’ !!
__conda_setup=”$(CONDA_REPORT_ERRORS=false ‘/Users/khpoo/opt/anaconda3/bin/cond$
if [ $? -eq 0 ]; then
\eval “$__conda_setup”
if [ -f “/Users/khpoo/opt/anaconda3/etc/profile.d/” ]; then
. “/Users/khpoo/opt/anaconda3/etc/profile.d/”
CONDA_CHANGEPS1=false conda activate base
\export PATH=”/Users/khpoo/opt/anaconda3/bin:$PATH”
unset __conda_setup
# <<< conda init <<<

The press control+X to save and exit.

Option B: Full uninstall using Anaconda-Clean and simple remove

The second option is to run Anaconda-Clean before doing any removal.

Install the Anaconda-Clean package from Anaconda Prompt of macOS terminal:

conda install anaconda-clean

In the same window, run the anaconda-clean command to remove all Anaconda-related files and directories with a confirmation prompt before deleting each one:


or remove all Anaconda-related files and directories without being prompted to delete each one:

anaconda-clean --yes

Lastly, you may want to remove the following hidden files and directories, which may have been created in the home directory:

  • .condarc
  • .conda
  • .continuum

Use the following commands:

rm -rf ~/.condarc ~/.conda ~/.continuum

Good luck!. If you have any other methods, please share it in comment below.



Kuan Hoong, Ph.D

Google Developer Expert (GDE) in Machine Learning, Lead Data Scientist, Malaysia TensorFlow User Group, Malaysia R User Group