Install Tensorflow in Anaconda on Windows

18 May

Tensorflow works fantastic on Windows, with our without GPU acceleration.  Unfortunately, if you follow the instructions on the Tensorflow website you will probably be pretty confused – because they are incorrect.

The official installation instructions as of now tell you to do the following to install on Anaconda on Windows:

Which will then probably result in the following python error:

tensorflow-1.1.0-cp35-cp35m-win_amd64.whl is not a supported wheel on this platform.

This is because Google has only published Tensorflow packages for Windows that target Python 3.5.  Python 3.6 has been the default for Anaconda for quite some time now.

You can take a look at the published packages at

You’ll notice that while a variety of Python versions are targetted for other platforms, Windows only supports 3.5.

So the fix is pretty easy – Just tell Anaconda to create you a Python 3.5 environment for Tensorflow instead of a 3.6 environment.

then proceed with the official instructions

If you need to clean up your old Anaconda environments use

Note that these instructions have been fixed in the TF repo, but are not reflected on the site yet.

One Reply to “Install Tensorflow in Anaconda on Windows”

  1. Thanks a lot!.
    I have just corrected my tensorflow previous installation.
    After removing old environment tensorflow I have created the new env. then the pip install with GPU has worked fine and quick!.
    The validate python tensorflow “hello” script is working again.

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