#Windows10- #WindowsTerminal and Anaconda, bonus: start an Anaconda Virtual Environment

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Hi !

Windows Terminal (WT) is one of the coolest tools I’ve using in the last couple of years. I’m not an expert, and not even a fan of CLIs, however I assume working with WT is super cool.

Bonus: If you speak Spanish, I shared my own thoughts about this with Juan and Eduard in a podcast episode here.

On top of this, I also use Anaconda a lot. And, now that we can launch and use Anaconda from a PowerShell Prompt, I think I should spend some time trying to figure out how to have Anaconda inside Windows Terminal.

windows terminal new profiles for Anaconda

I will assume that you know the basis of Windows Terminal profiles. As a WT user, we can create as many profiles as we want to have different tools available. This is my starting point to use Anaconda and Windows Terminal.

Note: Check References for Donovan Brown post about working with profiles.

Create a new profile to launch Anaconda in Windows Terminal

Let’s go to Windows Terminal Settings to create a new profile for Anaconda. In order to do this, I’ll copy and paste an existing profile, update the Guid and complete the following values.

  • guid: create and paste a new Guid
  • name: I defaulted this to Anaconda
  • commandline: this is the tricky one. So I’ll describe the steps below.

I browse to [C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Anaconda3 (64-bit)] and view the properties for the [Anaconda PowerShell Prompt]. Then copy the Target value and use the value in the commandline element.

get properties from shortcut for Anaconda Command Prompt

That should be enough to have a new profile to work with Anaconda. When we open a new tab for Anaconda, we can see that it open the standard virtual environment (base).

default anaconda prompt in windows terminal

1st step done, have Anaconda integrated with Windows Terminal !

Start an Anaconda Virtual Environment in a new Windows Terminal Tab

Moving on, I’ll create and activate a new Virtual Environment named [drone], with the following commands.

conda create -n drone pip python=3.7
conda activate drone

Now I have a new environment named [drone], and I want to have a shortcut in Windows Terminal to open a new tab with this VirtualEnv activated. I copy & paste the definition of the Anaconda profile, used a new Guid, and added, the following command to the end of the line:

conda activate drone
virutal env openend in windows terminal

As you can see in the previous image, when I open a new tab for my Drone Virtual Env, I already have it loaded. I also added a [cls] command at the end, so I can start with a clean environment.

Finally, and for reference, this is my current Windows Terminal settings file including the 2 Anaconda profiles.

Happy coding!


El Bruno


#Python – Easy way to install #OpenCV and #TensorFlow with Anaconda

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After sharing a couple of sessions using the Drone and working with the drone camera, a couple of people contacted me with issues while they try to install OpenCV and/or TensorFlow, to be used with Python.

There are plenty of tutorials about this, so I will share a very easy one.

1st step is to install Anaconda (see references). Once Anaconda is installed, let’s launch the Anaconda PowerShell Prompt to install dependencies.

The 2 main commands to install the desired packages are

# install TensorFlow
pip install tensorflow --user

# install OpenCV
pip install opencv-python

And that’s it! All the packages should be installed. An easy way to test if both packages are installed is to launch python and

# check tensorflow, and display tensorflow version
import tensorflow as tf

# check OpenCV, and display OpenCV version
import cv2

The output should be similar to this one

anaconda check tensorflow and opencv with python

Happy coding!


El Bruno


#Anaconda – My steps to install a virtual environment with #TensorFlow, #Keras and more


So today post is not a post, just a selfish reminder of the steps I do when I setup a new dev machine

  • Install Anaconda (see references). I use the default settings, and important: I don’t add Anaconda to Windows PATH.
  • Open Anaconda command prompt as administrator
open anaconda as administrator

Need to be open as Admin in order to install updates

  • Install updates with the command
conda update conda 
conda update –all
  • Create a new development environment named “tfEnv” with tensorflow. Activate the environment
conda create -n tfenv tensorflow 
conda activate tfenv
  • The command to install keras is
pip install

However, if it doesn’t work, I install keras with the following packages

pip install matplotlib 
pip install pillow
pip install tensorflow==1.14
conda install mingw libpython
pip install git+git://github.com/Theano/Theano.git
pip install git+git://github.com/fchollet/keras.git
  • Finally, install Jupyter notebook kernel and create a new kernel for the current virtual environment
pip install ipykernel 
ipython kernel install --user --name=tfEnv
  • There seems to be an issue to install OpenCV using pip with the command
pip install

So, I Install the OpenCV nonofficial package. 1st I download a compatible package from


Install with

pip install

Happy coding!

Greetings @ Toronto

El Bruno


#Anaconda – How to create a custom #Python virtual environment and use it in #Jupyter notebooks (a kernel!)


In yesterday post, I created a new virtual environment named [devtf] and in this environment I’ve installed a lot of tools that I need. Then I tried to launch a jupyter notebook from this environment, to use this tools and, of course, it didn’t work.

anaconda start virtual environment and error on launch jupyter notebook

It was time to read and learn how this works. So, when I finally get this I find this amazing article which really explain how this works “Using Virtual Environments in Jupyter Notebook and Python” (see references)

Jupyter Notebook makes sure that the IPython kernel is available, but you have to manually add a kernel with a different version of Python or a virtual environment. First, you need to activate your virtual environment. Next, install ipykernel which provides the IPython kernel for Jupyter. And finally, you can add your virtual environment to Jupyter.

So the commands are

pip install --user ipykernel 
python -m ipykernel install --user --name=devtf

Where “devtf” is the name of the new kernel you want to create. Now, when I launch Jupyter Notebooks, the new kernel is available to be used

jupyter notebook change kernel to one with tensorflow

When I started to use this new kernel (virtual environment) I realized that I didn’t installed TensorFlow. You know, being happy about this, naming the kernel TF but not installing the core component. And, sure, my notebooks didn’t work.

jupyter notebook with kernel without tensorflow

I went to my terminal / command prompt and installed TensorFlow. Then I only need to restart the Kernel, and everything start working. I added a extra couple of lines in my notebook just to check the TensorFlow and keras versions.

jupyter notebook tf ok and test keras version

I find similar errors with another packages, so I pip installed the packages in the terminal and restart the kernel to have the notebook OK. So, my simple reminder for myself about how to do this!

Happy coding!

Greetings @ Mississauga

El Bruno


#Python – Can’t install TensorFlow on Anaconda, maybe is the Visual Studio distribution


This is the 2nd time I get a weird error when I install TensorFlow in my Anaconda distribution. And this is the 2nd time I realize that I’m using the Anaconda version that is preinstalled with Visual Studio. I’m not sure if the spaces in the path affects the creation of environments or it’s something else, however my current and big and amazing solution is:

  • Uninstall Anaconda
  • Install Anaconda again

And then, follow the simple commands in the official Anaconda and TensorFlow doc (see references)

conda create -n tensorflow_env tensorflow
conda activate tensorflow_env

Once tensorflow is installed, I usually test this in python

> Python 
import tensorflow as tf

Note: please ignore the typos!

anaconda start python and test anaconda version

Now TensorFlow is installed and it’s time to move forward with a new development environment.

Happy Coding!

Greetings @ Burlington

El Bruno


#VSCode – Let’s do some #FaceRecognition with 20 lines in #Python

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I’ve write a lot about how to use AI models in C# to perform tasks like Face recognition, speech analysis, and more. During the Chicago CodeCamp, someone ask me about how to perform Face Recognition in Python. I didn’t have any working sample to showcase this, and I failed in try to write a 2 min app. So I added this into my ToDo list.

For this demo I’ll use Anaconda as the base Python distribution and Visual Studio Code as the code editor. There are several packages to perform face detection in Python. I’ll use a mix between OpenCV and Adam Geitgey Face Recognition package to use the camera and detect and recognize faces.

I’ll start by installing some packages to use in python app: dlib, openCV and face_recognition

"C:/Program Files (x86)/Microsoft Visual Studio/Shared/Anaconda3_86/python.exe" -m pip install dlib --user  

"C:/Program Files (x86)/Microsoft Visual Studio/Shared/Anaconda3_86/python.exe" -m pip install face_recognition --user

"C:/Program Files (x86)/Microsoft Visual Studio/Shared/Anaconda3_86/python.exe" -m pip install opencv-python --user  

And, the first step will be to detect faces and draw frames around them. All of this in 20 lines of code

When we run the app, we will see the camera feed and frames around the detected faces. In my next post I’ll add some extra code to perform face recognition.

Happy Coding!

Greetings @ Toronto

El Bruno