Cant install pytorch gpu version via conda

I’m working in a conda environment on windows 10, which I recently had to rebuild.

I was specifically using pytorch 1.10.2 with gpu. Now, whenever I try to install pytorch with

conda install pytorch==1.10.2 torchvision torchaudio cudatoolkit=11.3 -c pytorch conda tries to install a cpu only version:


Previously I had installed pytorch with pip, but decided to be consistent and use only conda since I’m in a conda environment.

Here are the things I’ve tried.

  • uninstalled the global CUDA software I got directly from NVIDIAs website
  • uninstalled all conda versions of cudatoolkit, pytorch torchvision, etc…
  • updated my GPU driver to the latest
  • restart my computer
  • reinstalled pytorch etc. with conda.

None of this has helped. Further, when I uninstalled the CUDA software from the NVIDIA site, I no longer have acces to nvcc, so I can’t see my version number. However this is what I show with nvidia-smi:


I’m going to try it with pip now, and see if that works. However, I’d really like to know what the issue with conda is even if it does.

The install command works on my Windows laptop:

conda install pytorch==1.10.2 torchvision torchaudio cudatoolkit=11.3 -c pytorch
The following packages will be downloaded:

    package                    |            build
    cudatoolkit-11.3.1         |       h59b6b97_2       820.7 MB
    dataclasses-0.8            |     pyh4f3eec9_6          22 KB
    pytorch-1.10.2             |py3.6_cuda11.3_cudnn8_0        1.45 GB  pytorch
    pytorch-mutex-1.0          |             cuda           3 KB  pytorch
    torchaudio-0.10.2          |       py36_cu113         2.1 MB  pytorch
    torchvision-0.11.3         |       py36_cu113         8.9 MB  pytorch
    typing_extensions-4.1.1    |     pyh06a4308_0          29 KB
                                           Total:        2.26 GB

I noticed your build has “py3.6” whereas I’m working with 3.8.

I used pip, and everything works now mostly… pytorch3d. ops errors out when passed a tensor on the GPU… RuntimeError: Not compiled with GPU support. I’m going to re-install it now that I have the right version of PyTorch going.

Oh, and even with pip I had to do some weird work around that a coworker had which was to download the pytorch wheel from and then install it with pip.

Oh well.

I was able to workaround this issue by specifying the build numbers for the gpu versions of the relevant packages.
conda install pytorch=1.12.1=py3.9_cuda11.6_cudnn8.3.2_0 torchvision=0.13.1=py39_cu116 torchaudio=0.12.1=py39_cu116 cudatoolkit=11.6 -c pytorch -c conda-forge