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. Note that some of these installers might have some limitations, especially those created with pyinstaller (such as Windows exe & Linux deb).
  3. Running Conan from sources.

Install from source

You can run Conan directly from source code. First, you need to install Python and pip.

Clone (or download and unzip) the git repository and install it.

Conan 2 is still in beta stage, so you must check the develop2 branch of the repository:

# clone folder name matters, to avoid imports issues
$ git clone conan_src
$ cd conan_src
$ git fetch --all
$ git checkout -b develop2 origin/develop2
$ python -m pip install -e .

And test your conan installation:

$ conan

You should see the Conan commands help.


If installed via pip, Conan 2.0 pre-release version can be easily updated:

$ pip install conan --pre --upgrade  # Might need sudo or --user

The default <userhome>/.conan/settings.yml file, containing the definition of compiler versions, etc., will be upgraded if Conan does not detect local changes, otherwise it will create a with the new settings. If you want to regenerate the settings, you can remove the settings.yml file manually and it will be created with the new information the first time it is required.

The upgrade shouldn’t affect the installed packages or cache information. If the cache becomes inconsistent somehow, you may want to remove its content by deleting it (<userhome>/.conan).