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VA Technical Reference Model v 24.3

Miniforge Technology

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Technologies must be operated and maintained in accordance with Federal and Department security and privacy policies and guidelines. More information on the proper use of the TRM can be found on the TRM Proper Use Tab/Section.

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Description: Miniforge is a minimal installer for Conda specific to conda-forge. Miniforge allows users to install the conda package manager with the following features pre-configured: conda-forge set as the default (and only) channel. Packages in the base environment are obtained from the conda-forge channel. Optional support for PyPy in place of standard Python interpreter (aka `CPython`). Optional support for Mamba in place of Conda.

This technology comes in two variants: Miniforge3, Miniforge-pypy3, Mambaforge, and Mambaforge-pypy3. This entry covers all variants.

Please note: As of 09/2023 Mambaforge/Mambaforge-pypy3 is no longer being developed as it is identical to Miniforge, however there are no current plans to depreciate Mambaforge.
Technology/Standard Usage Requirements: Users must ensure their use of this technology/standard is consistent with VA policies and standards, including, but not limited to, VA Handbooks 6102 and 6500; VA Directives 6004, 6513, and 6517; and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) standards, including Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS). Users must ensure sensitive data is properly protected in compliance with all VA regulations. Prior to use of this technology, users should check with their supervisor, Information Security Officer (ISO), Facility Chief Information Officer (CIO), or local Office of Information and Technology (OI&T) representative to ensure that all actions are consistent with current VA policies and procedures prior to implementation.
Section 508 Information: This technology has not been assessed by the Section 508 Office. The Implementer of this technology has the responsibility to ensure the version deployed is 508-compliant. Section 508 compliance may be reviewed by the Section 508 Office and appropriate remedial action required if necessary. For additional information or assistance regarding Section 508, please contact the Section 508 Office at
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Decision Source: TRM Mgmt Group
Decision Process: One-VA TRM v23.11
Decision Date: 11/07/2023 at 17:12:44 UTC
Introduced By: TRM Request
Vendor Name: Conda-Forge
- The information contained on this page is accurate as of the Decision Date (11/07/2023 at 17:12:44 UTC).