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Conda Quickstart Guide for Ultralytics

This guide provides a comprehensive introduction to setting up a Conda environment for your Ultralytics projects. Conda is an open-source package and environment management system that offers an excellent alternative to pip for installing packages and dependencies. Its isolated environments make it particularly well-suited for data science and machine learning endeavors. For more details, visit the Ultralytics Conda package on Anaconda and check out the Ultralytics feedstock repository for package updates on GitHub.

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What You Will Learn

  • Setting up a Conda environment
  • Installing Ultralytics via Conda
  • Initializing Ultralytics in your environment
  • Using Ultralytics Docker images with Conda

Prerequisites

  • You should have Anaconda or Miniconda installed on your system. If not, download and install it from Anaconda or Miniconda.

Setting up a Conda Environment

First, let's create a new Conda environment. Open your terminal and run the following command:

conda create --name ultralytics-env python=3.8 -y

Activate the new environment:

conda activate ultralytics-env

Installing Ultralytics

You can install the Ultralytics package from the conda-forge channel. Execute the following command:

conda install -c conda-forge ultralytics

Note on CUDA Environment

If you're working in a CUDA-enabled environment, it's a good practice to install ultralytics, pytorch, and pytorch-cuda together to resolve any conflicts:

conda install -c pytorch -c nvidia -c conda-forge pytorch torchvision pytorch-cuda=11.8 ultralytics

Using Ultralytics

With Ultralytics installed, you can now start using its robust features for object detection, instance segmentation, and more. For example, to predict an image, you can run:

from ultralytics import YOLO

model = YOLO('yolov8n.pt')  # initialize model
results = model('path/to/image.jpg')  # perform inference
results.show()  # display results

Ultralytics Conda Docker Image

If you prefer using Docker, Ultralytics offers Docker images with a Conda environment included. You can pull these images from DockerHub.

Pull the latest Ultralytics image:

# Set image name as a variable
t=ultralytics/ultralytics:latest-conda

# Pull the latest Ultralytics image from Docker Hub
sudo docker pull $t

Run the image:

# Run the Ultralytics image in a container with GPU support
sudo docker run -it --ipc=host --gpus all $t  # all GPUs
sudo docker run -it --ipc=host --gpus '"device=2,3"' $t  # specify GPUs

Certainly, you can include the following section in your Conda guide to inform users about speeding up installation using libmamba:


Speeding Up Installation with Libmamba

If you're looking to speed up the package installation process in Conda, you can opt to use libmamba, a fast, cross-platform, and dependency-aware package manager that serves as an alternative solver to Conda's default.

How to Enable Libmamba

To enable libmamba as the solver for Conda, you can perform the following steps:

  1. First, install the conda-libmamba-solver package. This can be skipped if your Conda version is 4.11 or above, as libmamba is included by default.

    conda install conda-libmamba-solver
    
  2. Next, configure Conda to use libmamba as the solver:

    conda config --set solver libmamba
    

And that's it! Your Conda installation will now use libmamba as the solver, which should result in a faster package installation process.


Congratulations! You have successfully set up a Conda environment, installed the Ultralytics package, and are now ready to explore its rich functionalities. Feel free to dive deeper into the Ultralytics documentation for more advanced tutorials and examples.


Created 2023-09-07, Updated 2023-09-07
Authors: glenn-jocher (1)

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