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We're pleased to announce that the ArcGIS API for Python is now available through pip! Pip is a package management system used to install and manage software packages written in Python, similar to conda. Many pip packages can be found in the Python Package Index (PyPI), including the ArcGIS API for Python pip package. To install the API with pip, open a terminal and enter the following command:

pip install arcgis

Pip can be configured to be a more lightweight than conda. It is often distributed with operating systems or other software, and can be installed very easily if you already have python on your computer. You can take advantage of this, for example, by installing the ArcGIS API for Python with minimal dependencies. This might be useful if you want a lightweight API to use just for administrating your GIS servers.


Pip and conda are totally separate package managers, and should avoid being used interchangeably. The API is still also available for download through conda, and it is recommended that you use conda to install the API if you are a beginner user. Read more about the differences between pip and conda here.

Click here to view the official installation guide for pip.