Creating a project archive

To share a project with others, you likely want to put it into an archive file, such as a .zip file. Anaconda Project can create .zip, .tar.gz and .tar.bz2 archives. The archive format matches the file extension that you provide.

Excluding files from the archive

The anaconda-project archive command automatically omits the files that Project can reproduce automatically, which includes the envs/ directory and any downloaded data files defined in the downloads section of the anaconda-project.yml file.

See Packagaging Environments below to bundle Conda environments in the archive.

The archive also excludes anaconda-project-local.yml, which is intended to hold local configuration state only.

To manually exclude any other files that you do not want to be in the archive, create a .projectignore file or a .gitignore file.


If you anticipate that this project will be managed as a Git repository, use of .gitignore is preferred over .projectignore. However, use of .gitignore outside of a Git repository is not supported.

Creating the archive file

To create a project archive, run the following command from within your project directory:

anaconda-project archive

NOTE: Replace filename with the name for your archive file. If you want to create a .tar.gz or .tar.bz2 archive instead of a zip archive, replace zip with the appropriate file extension.

EXAMPLE: To create a zip archive called “iris”:

anaconda-project archive

Project creates the archive file.

If you list the files in the archive, you will see that automatically generated files are not listed.


$ unzip -l
  Length      Date    Time    Name
---------  ---------- -----   ----
       16  06-10-2016 10:04   iris/
      281  06-10-2016 10:22   iris/
      222  06-10-2016 09:46   iris/.projectignore
     4927  06-10-2016 10:31   iris/anaconda-project.yml
      557  06-10-2016 10:33   iris/iris_plot/
---------                     -------
     6003                     5 files

Extracting the archive file

Anaconda Project archives can be extracted using packages provided by the OS or using the anaconda-project unarchive command.

The unarchive command can extract bundles in any of the supported formats (.zip, .tar.gz, and .tar.bz2):

anaconda-project unarchive <bundle>

Experimental: Packaging environments

Available since version 0.10.0

There are cases where it may be preferable to package the Conda environments directly into the archive. For example, you may want to support uses where the target system cannot connect to the repository to download and install packages.

To bundle the environments into the archive use the --pack-envs flag. This will utilize conda-pack to add each env_spec to the Anaconda Project bundle.

With the --pack-envs the prepare command is run automatically to ensure that all env_specs are up-to-date before building the bundle.


When using --pack-envs your Anaconda Project bundles may be very large.

The bundle can be extracted using either anaconda-project unarchive or OS packages for Zip, tar.gz, and tar.bz2 files.

If a pack-envs bundle is extracted on a platform (Mac, Linux, Windows) that does not match the platform used to create the bundle the env_specs will be re-created when you run anaconda-project prepare or anaconda-project run.