How To Install Micromamba On Linux (From The Comamnd Line Only)


I really like using conda (miniconda) as my python virtual environment manager of choice. It's simple and it includes its own python interpreter using the version that I specify at creation.


from their readme

Mamba is a reimplementation of the conda package manager in C++.

At the same time, mamba utilize the same command line parser, package installation and deinstallation code and transaction verification routines as conda to stay as compatible as possible.

Installing Micromamba

Similar to miniconda micromamba can be installed with a few lines of bash

wget -qO- | tar -xvj bin/micromamba
./bin/micromamba shell init -s bash -p ~/micromamba
source ~/.bashrc

Creating Environments with Micromamba

Creating new environments with micromamba is pretty similar to using conda.

micromamba create -n mamba-new python=3.9 -y -c conda-forge

-c is required

I was unable to figure out how to configure channels to micromamba, so I needed to add -c conda-forge to my commands.

          __  ______ ___  ____ _____ ___  / /_  ____ _
         / / / / __ `__ \/ __ `/ __ `__ \/ __ \/ __ `/
        / /_/ / / / / / / /_/ / / / / / / /_/ / /_/ /
       / .___/_/ /_/ /_/\__,_/_/ /_/ /_/_.___/\__,_/

WARNING No 'channels' specified
Encountered problems while solving:
  - nothing provides requested python 3.9**

ERROR   Could not solve for environment specs

⚠ micromamba thows this error when -c conda-forge is missing from the create command.


micromamba is built for speed. I tried it out in a session, while it felt quite snappy creating a new environment was still within a few seconds of conda on subsequent environment creations. Their marketing says it should be faster, but for what I use conda for I didn't see it.


I used conda install years ago while on windows machines struggling to compile c-extensions and install certain troublesome packages, but I haven't used a conda install in years, pip works just fine for my use.

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