I am not trying to use conda, much less reinstall it. My question is about a behaviour that I don't understand.


Some time ago I (must have) uninstalled conda, and indeed:

conda list
bash: conda: command not found

Now, when I start typing "anaconda" in spotlight, it finds "anaconda-navigator". Not surprisingly, when I press enter, it gives me a "The application “Anaconda-Navigator” can’t be opened."

This shows that something has been left behind during the (manual) uninstall, but that is another issue.


Where does spotlight find this anaconda-navigator?

  • You can verify from Terminal: conda list should list all packages available, and, if it is not listed, just conda install anaconda-navigator since that is a python application.
    – Yoan
    Nov 7, 2019 at 14:33
  • I uninstalled, so that conda list returns bash: conda: command not found. I am clarifying in my question that I am not trying to use conda, in fact I want to completely remove it from my system.
    – Antoine
    Nov 7, 2019 at 14:42
  • Somewhat off topic, but I'm having the opposite problem: Spotlight doesn't see Anaconda.
    – Drewdavid
    Oct 11, 2021 at 18:35

1 Answer 1


Go to Finder → Applications and find Anaconda-Navigator.app. It should be an alias. Right click on it and click on "Show original" .

For proper uninstall

Anaconda-Clean must be run before simple remove. Install the Anaconda-Clean package from Anaconda Prompt (terminal on Linux or macOS):

conda install anaconda-clean.

In the same window, run one of these commands:

Remove all Anaconda-related files and directories with a confirmation prompt before deleting each one:


Or, remove all Anaconda-related files and directories without being prompted to delete each one:

anaconda-clean --yes

Anaconda-Clean creates a backup of all files and directories that might be removed in a folder named .anaconda_backup in your home directory. Also note that Anaconda-Clean leaves your data files in the AnacondaProjects directory untouched. After using Anaconda-Clean

delete the folder where the installation previously was. It should be named anaconda3 or anaconda2 etc.,


But since you don't have conda, seen by "command not found" deleting the remnant files can be done using apps like EasyFind.

  • Why did I not think of looking via Finder? At any rate, I found Anaconda-Navigator.app, right-clicked and selected "Show original", and it gave me a message that it could not open it (I should have taken a precise note of it.). It appeared to be a link/alias(?), so I deleted it. Unfortunately the problem seems to persist: spotlight still finds 'anaconda-navigator'... Do I need to restart to see changes?
    – Antoine
    Nov 7, 2019 at 15:05
  • Use easyfind app and scan your laptop
    – anki
    Nov 7, 2019 at 15:10
  • I thought I would try with a bash command, find /* -name "*anaconda-navigator.app*" but it doesn't return anything (other than a number of Operation not permitted). Does easyfind do anything that the bash command find cannot?
    – Antoine
    Nov 7, 2019 at 16:26
  • I just find all the listing, "revealing in Finder" and deleting made easier.
    – anki
    Nov 7, 2019 at 20:54

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