How to List Installed Python Packages

List Python Packages

The Pip, Pipenv, Anaconda Navigator, and Conda Package Managers can all be used to list installed Python packages.

Before getting a list of installed packages, it’s always a good practice to ensure that up-to-date versions of Python, Pip, Anaconda Navigator and Conda are in place.

List Installed Packages with Pip

Both  pip list  and  pip freeze  will generate a list of installed packages, just with differently formatted results. Keep in mind that  pip list  will list ALL installed packages (regardless of how they were installed). while  pip freeze  will list only everything installed by Pip.

For example:

pip list


Package                             Version
---------------------------------- ----------
absl-py                              0.7.0
pip freeze



List Packages in a Console with Pip

To list all installed packages from a Python console using pip, you can utilize the following script:

>>> import pkg_resources
installed_packages = pkg_resources.working_set
installed_packages_list = sorted(["%s==%s" % (i.key, i.version)
   for i in installed_packages])


['absl-py==0.7.0', 'adodbapi==', 'alabaster==0.7.12', 'alembic==1.0.7', 'amqp==2.4.1', 'anyjson==0.3.3',

List Modules in a Console without Pip 

To list all installed modules from a python console without pip, you can use the following command:

>>> help("modules")

Note that there are some drawbacks to this approach, including:

  • If there are a lot of installed packages, this method can take a long time to import each module before it can search that module’s path for sub-modules.
  • Modules that have code outside of an if __name__ == “__main__”: code block, and if user input is expected, may cause the code to enter an infinite loop or hang.

List Installed Packages with Pipenv

The  pipenv lock -r command can be used to generate output from a pipfile.lock file in a pipenv environment. All packages, including dependencies will be listed in the output. For example:

pipenv lock -r



List Installed Packages with Anaconda Navigator

To list installed packages in an Anaconda environment using Anaconda Navigator, do the following:

  • Start the Anaconda Navigator application.
  • Select Environments in the left column.
  • A dropdown box at the center-top of the GUI should list installed packages. If not, then select Installed in the dropdown menu to list all packages.

List Installed Packages with Conda

The conda list command can be used to list all packages in a conda environment:

conda list


# packages in environment at C:\Anaconda2_4.3.1:
_license                  1.1 py27_1
alabaster 0.7.9           py27_0

Globally vs Locally Installed Packages

For information about generating a list of installed packages globally vs locally, refer to: 

How to List Globally Installed Packages vs Locally Installed Packages in Python

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