Install from conda-forge

SageMath can be installed on Linux and macOS via Conda from the conda-forge conda channel.

Both the x86_64 (Intel) architecture and the arm64/aarch64 architectures (including Apple Silicon, M1) are supported.

You will need a working Conda installation: either Mambaforge/Miniforge, Miniconda or Anaconda. If you don’t have one yet, we recommend installing Mambaforge as follows. In a terminal,

$ curl -L -O$(uname)-$(uname -m).sh
$ sh Mambaforge-$(uname)-$(uname -m).sh
  • Mambaforge and Miniforge use conda-forge as the default channel.

  • If you are using Miniconda or Anaconda, set it up to use conda-forge:

    • Add the conda-forge channel: conda config --add channels conda-forge

    • Change channel priority to strict: conda config --set channel_priority strict

Optionally, use mamba, which uses a faster dependency solver than conda. If you installed Mambaforge, it is already provided. Otherwise, use

$ conda install mamba

Installing all of SageMath from conda (not for development)

Create a new conda environment containing SageMath, either with mamba or conda:

$ mamba create -n sage sage python=X        # either
$ conda create -n sage sage python=X        # or

where X is version of Python, e.g. 3.9.

To use Sage from there,

  • Enter the new environment: conda activate sage

  • Start SageMath: sage

Using conda to provide system packages for the Sage distribution

If Conda is installed (check by typing conda info), there are two ways to prepare for installing SageMath from source:

  • If you are using a git checkout:

    $ ./bootstrap
  • Create a new empty environment and activate:

    $ conda create -n sage-build
    $ conda activate sage-build
  • Install standard packages recognized by sage’s spkg-configure mechanism:

    $ conda env update --file environment.yml -n sage-build
  • Or install all standard and optional packages recognized by sage:

    $ conda env update --file environment-optional.yml -n sage-build
  • Then the SageMath distribution will be built using the compilers provided by Conda and using many packages installed by Conda:

    $ ./bootstrap
    $ ./configure --prefix=$CONDA_PREFIX
    $ make

Using conda to provide all dependencies for the Sage library (experimental)

You can build and install the Sage library from source, using conda to provide all of its dependencies. This bypasses most of the build system of the Sage distribution and is the fastest way to set up an environment for Sage development.

Note that this is still an experimental feature and may not work as intended.

Here we assume that you are using a git checkout.

  • Optionally, set the build parallelism for the Sage library. Use whatever the meaningful value for your machine is - no more than the number of cores:

    $ export SAGE_NUM_THREADS=24
  • As a recommended step, install the mamba package manager. If you skip this step, replace mamba by conda in the following steps:

    $ conda install mamba
  • Create and activate a new conda environment that provides the bootstrapping prerequisites. You can replace 3.9 by another Python version:

    $ mamba create -n sage-build python=3.9 \
          gettext autoconf automake libtool pkg-config
    $ conda activate sage-build
  • Run bootstrap; this generates the files src/environment*.yml used in the next step:

    $ ./bootstrap
  • Populate the conda environment with the dependencies of Sage:

    $ mamba env update -n sage-build -f src/environment.yml  # alternatively, use

    Alternatively, you can use src/environment-optional.yml, which will install some additional packages.

  • Activate the conda environment again:

    $ conda activate sage-build
  • Run the configure script:

    $ ./configure --with-python=$CONDA_PREFIX/bin/python             \
                  --prefix=$CONDA_PREFIX                             \
                  $(for pkg in $(./sage -package list :standard:     \
                                   --has-file spkg-configure.m4      \
                                   --has-file distros/conda.txt); do \
                        echo --with-system-$pkg=force;               \
  • Install the build prerequisites of the Sage library:

    $ pip install --no-build-isolation -v -v --editable pkgs/sage-conf pkgs/sage-setup
  • Install the Sage library:

    $ pip install --no-build-isolation -v -v --editable src
  • Verify that Sage has been installed:

    $ sage -c 'print(version())'
    SageMath version 9.6.beta5, Release Date: 2022-03-12

Note that make is not used at all. All dependencies (including all Python packages) are provided by conda.

Thus, you will get a working version of Sage much faster. However, note that this will invalidate the use of any Sage-the-distribution commands such as sage -i. Do not use them.

By using pip install --editable in the above steps, the Sage library is installed in editable mode. This means that when you only edit Python files, there is no need to rebuild the library; it suffices to restart Sage.

After editing any Cython files, rebuild by repeating the command:

$ pip install --no-build-isolation -v -v --editable src