Conan can be installed in many Operating Systems. It has been extensively used and tested in Windows, Linux (different distros), OSX, and is also actively used in FreeBSD and Solaris SunOS. There are also several additional operating systems on which it has been reported to work.

There are three ways to install conan:

  1. The preferred and strongly recommended way to install Conan is from PyPI, the Python Package Index, using the pip command.

  2. There are other available installers for different systems, which might come with a bundled python interpreter, so that you don’t have to install python first. Please note that some of these installers might have some limitations, specially those created with pyinstaller (such as Windows exe & Linux deb).

  3. Running conan from sources.

Install from brew (OSX)

There is a brew recipe, so in OSX, you can install Conan as follows:

$ brew update
$ brew install conan

Install from AUR (Arch Linux)

You can find the package here. The easiest way is using pacaur tool:

$ pacaur -S conan

Or you can also use makepkg and install it following the AUR docs: installing packages.

Just remember to install four Conan dependencies first. They are not in the official repositories but there are in AUR repository too:

  • python-patch

  • python-node-semver

  • python-distro

  • python-pluginbase

Install the binaries

Go to the conan website and download the installer for your platform!

Execute the installer. You don’t need to install python.

Initial configuration

Let’s check if conan is correctly installed. In your console, run the following:

$ conan

You will see something similar to:

Consumer commands
  install    Installs the requirements specified in a conanfile (.py or .txt).
  config     Manages configuration. Edits the conan.conf or installs config files.
  get        Gets a file or list a directory of a given reference or package.
  info       Gets information about the dependency graph of a recipe.

Install from source

You can run conan directly from source code. First you need to install Python 2.7 or Python 3 and pip.

Clone (or download and unzip) the git repository and install its requirements:

$ git clone
$ cd conan
$ pip install -r conans/requirements.txt

Create a script to run Conan and add it to your PATH.

#!/usr/bin/env python

import sys

conan_repo_path = "/home/your_user/conan" # ABSOLUTE PATH TO CONAN REPOSITORY FOLDER

from conans.client.command import main

Test your conan script.

$ conan

You should see the Conan commands help.