Matplotlib - Anaconda distribution

Anaconda is a free and open source distribution of the Python and R programming languages for large-scale data processing, predictive analytics, and scientific computing. The distribution makes package management and deployment simple and easy. Matplotlib and lots of other useful (data) science tools form part of the distribution. Package versions are managed by the package management system Conda. The advantage of Anaconda is that you have access to over 720 packages that can easily be installed with Anaconda's Conda, a package, dependency, and environment manager.

Anaconda distribution is available for installation at For installation on Windows, 32 and 64 bit binaries are available −

Installation is a fairly straightforward wizard based process. You can choose between adding Anaconda in PATH variable and registering Anaconda as your default Python.

For installation on Linux, download installers for 32 bit and 64 bit installers from the downloads page −

Now, run the following command from the Linux terminal −

$ bash

Canopy and ActiveState are the most sought after choices for Windows, macOS and common Linux platforms. The Windows users can find an option in WinPython.