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  • All the instructions for installing the OpenEye Python Toolkits are identical whether using the Anaconda or Miniconda packages. After downloading and installing Anaconda, the OpenEye Python Toolkit package can be installed by the following steps: First create a new conda environment: $ conda create -n oepython3 python=3.
  • Unlike the graphical install, installing the shell file will place it in /anaconda by default, not /opt. This is due to limitations with installing.pkg files on macOS Catalina. Installation may take a few minutes to complete.

Install: Miniconda-In your terminal window, run: bash Miniconda3-latest-MacOSX-x8664.sh. Anaconda-Double-click the.pkg file. Follow the prompts on the installer screens. If you are unsure about any setting, accept the defaults. You can change them later. To make the changes take effect, close and then re-open your terminal window. Installing Anaconda on Mac OS X Anaconda is a package manager, an environment manager, and Python distribution that contains a collection of many open source packages. An installation of Anaconda comes with many packages such as numpy, scikit-learn, scipy, and pandas preinstalled and is also the recommended way to install Jupyter Notebooks. Conda install linux-ppc64le v4.5.3; osx-arm64 v4.5.3; linux-64 v4.5.3; win-32 v3.4.1; linux-aarch64 v4.5.3; osx-64 v4.5.3; win-64 v4.5.3; To install this package with.

Despite writing a couple of articles on how to install a Python algorithmic trading research environment on Ubuntu, I still receive a lot of email regarding how to translate the instructions into Windows and Mac. It turns out that a substantial number of you emailed and commented on the site about an alternative, known as a Python distribution.

A Python distribution is a much easier way to install all of the corresponding Python libraries that are used for algorithmic trading. In essence you download a single installation package, which comes provided with all of the major scientific Python libraries such as IPython, NumPy, SciPy, scikit-learn, pandas and matplotlib as well as an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) that lets you code using a Graphical User Interface (GUI). This is a different approach when compared to my previous suggestion of installing the libraries manually and working directly with IPython and Python scripts.

Two of the major Python distributions are Enthought's Canopy and Continuum Analytics' Anaconda. Unfortunately, I hadn't heard of the latter when I first wrote the previous two guides on installing Python in Ubuntu. I've now tried the installation of Anaconda (which is free!) and have found it to be an easy multi-platform method for getting started in Python.

This article will discuss how to install Anaconda on Mac OSX. However, it is pretty straightforward to change it for Windows or Ubuntu, since Continuum Analytics provide easy installers for each. Once installed, I'll also describe how to run basic Python code using the accompanying Spyder IDE.

Anaconda Installation

The first task is to visit the Continuum Analytics site. You will see the following page:

Continuum Analytics home page

Click the Download Anaconda button and you'll be presented with the usual Mac OSX file save option. Save the file in the normal way. Note that the file (as of the writing of this article) is approximately 250Mb:

Anaconda package download

When the file has downloaded, make sure to open it and you'll see the following installation window:

Anaconda initial installation

Accept all of the Terms & Conditions and then proceed with the installation. You'll notice that Anaconda takes up a reasonable amount of hard disk space (0.75Gb), but this is because it comes with a lot of Python libraries pre-installed. Once the installation is finished, you'll see the following screen:

Anaconda installation finalised

The installation procedure places a shortcut icon on your Mac OSX desktop:

Anaconda desktop shortcut

If you click this icon Anaconda will load and present you with the following screen:

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Anaconda launcher window

However, I had trouble attempting to load Spyder at this stage! Hence, I dug out a workaround that allows you to use Spyder directly. Use the Spotlight option in Mac OSX (the magnifying glass in the top right corner) and type 'Terminal' in the dialog box. The first hit should be a black Terminal icon. Click this and you'll be presented with a prompt window. I've changed the colours on mine to be black with white text, but yours may be white with black text:

Terminal window in Mac OSX

First we need to check that Anaconda has become the default Python installation. To check this, type the following:

This is the output I received, which shows that Anaconda is the current default Python installation:

Now you can simply type the following to launch the Spyder IDE:

You will now see the following screen, which is the Spyder IDE:

Spyder IDE

On the left hand pane you have a file editor, while the right hand pane contains an Object Inspector, a Variable Explorer and a File Explorer, which all allow you to see different aspects of your Python code. On the bottom right hand side is an IPython console, which allows you to carry out interactive Python programming.

To check that NumPy is installed correctly (a basic sanity check), we can type the following:

If all goes to plan, you should see the following output:

Sypder IPython conole output

And that's it for installing Anaconda and Spyder on Mac OSX! This is a simpler procedure (on Mac!) than the previous Ubuntu installation I mentioned before in this article. In the future I'll be discussing how to do the same for Windows and Linux, which will make your quantitative finance programs truly cross-platform.

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(Acknowledgment: This is a slightly modified version of instructions by Faras Sadek of SEAS Computing)


Python is already installed on MAC and Linux machines. To overcome the issue of outdated and/or multiple versions of python, we will use anaconda to install python version 3.x, and to run jupyter notebooks (explained later).

Anaconda - Installation


- visit https://www.anaconda.com/distribution/

- on the middle of the page click on macOS

- download 'Python 3.7 version'.

- follow the instructions on either of these pages:



- visit https://www.anaconda.com/distribution/

- on the middle of the page click on Windows

- download 'Python 3.7 version' 32-bit or 64-bit.

- follow the instruction on the page https://docs.anaconda.com/anaconda/install/windows/


- visit https://www.anaconda.com/distribution/

- on the middle of the page click on Linux

- download 'Python 3.7 version'.

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- follow the instruction on this page https://docs.anaconda.com/anaconda/install/linux/

General details of how to install Anaconda, can be found here https://docs.anaconda.com/anaconda/install/

Anaconda - Usage

Open Anaconda navigation to check the tools that it provides:

One of those tools is jupyter notebook that will be used to run python code. Please check the user guide for more details:

Jupyter Notebook

Jupyter notebook is a web application to create and share documents. A notebook document can contain code, text, equations and/or visualizations. You can use jupyter notebook to write, execute and document python code. Though there are multiple ways to install and run jupyter notebook, Anaconda is the preferred way to run jupyter. After installing anaconda (version 3.x), you can follow the steps below to start jupyter notebook.

Anaconda Jupyter Notebook

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MAC,Windows, and Linux

- navigate to http://docs.anaconda.com/anaconda/user-guide/getting-started/

- open Anaconda navigation (based on your OS)

- follow 'Run Python in a Jupyter Notebook' section (in the middle of the page) to start your first notebook.

- you can check the anaconda navigation on https://docs.anaconda.com/anaconda/navigator/

MAC and Linux Terminal

If you like to start jupyter from the terminal instead of the instruction above:

- open a new terminal

- in the command line run 'jupyter notebook'

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- jupyter notebook will be opened in your default browser. If it did not, then using any browser navigate to http://localhost:8888

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