# Conda, Anaconda, Miniconda and Bioconda

Conda (opens new window), Anaconda (opens new window), Miniconda (opens new window) and Bioconda (opens new window) are handy environment management systems that allow you to reliably install packages and libraries and quickly switch between package versions.

Conda for HUNT Workbench

This guide is for the installation of Conda directly on your lab machines. Head over to our Reproducibility FAQ in the HUNT Workbench section to learn more about Conda in your workbench environment.

# 1. Install Conda

1.1 Log into your lab machine and install Miniconda:

wget https://repo.anaconda.com/miniconda/Miniconda3-latest-Linux-x86_64.sh

bash Miniconda3-latest-Linux-x86_64.sh

See Installing on Linux (opens new window) for more information on the Miniconda (opens new window) installation.

1.2 After the installation, log out and log into your lab to activate your Conda setup.

Get more out of Conda

To get most out of Conda we recommend reading the guide Conda - Managing environments (opens new window).

# 2. Set up Bioconda and Conda-forge channels

To find packages in Conda you need to configure relevant channels.

We recommend to start with bioconda (opens new window) and conda-forge (opens new window).

2.1 A quick way to make sure your channels are added correctly is to (re)add them in this order:

conda config --add channels defaults
conda config --add channels bioconda
conda config --add channels conda-forge

Read more on how to set up channels (opens new window) in the guide from Bioconda.

# 3. Install your tools

Search for your favorite tool on the Bioconda page (opens new window) and have a field day installing:

# -- Working example
conda install plink2


We have a very easy guide on how to get Saige running in Conda.

# 4. Do cool science

Start your favorite tools and do cool science:

plink2 <input>

# Additional resources

Note that this work with some, but not all, bioconductor-packages. Please send us a note if you need these.

# install
conda create -n renv -c conda-forge r-base r-essentials
conda activate renv

# install package in shell
R CMD INSTALL --library="${CONDA_PREFIX}/lib/R/library" .

# install cran packages within r
install.packages("png", paste(Sys.getenv("CONDA_PREFIX"), "/lib/R/library", sep=""))
Last Updated: 9/27/2023