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This page provides an overview of how to use conda. For an overview of what conda is and what it does, please see the :doc:`front page <../index>`.

The quickest way to start using conda is to go through the 20-minute :doc:`getting-started` guide.

The conda command is the primary interface for managing installations of various packages. It can:

  • Query and search the Anaconda package index and current Anaconda installation.
  • Create new conda environments.
  • Install and update packages into existing conda environments.

TIP: You can abbreviate many frequently used command options that are preceded by 2 dashes (--) to just 1 dash and the first letter of the option. So --name and -n are the same, and --envs and -e are the same.

For full usage of each command, including abbreviations, see :doc:`../commands`. You can see the same information at the command line by :doc:`viewing the command-line help <tasks/view-command-line-help>`.