[IPython-dev] IPython for Mobile OS

Thomas Kluyver takowl at gmail.com
Wed Nov 16 07:52:18 EST 2011

On 16 November 2011 12:38, Roberto Colistete Jr. <
roberto.colistete at gmail.com> wrote:

> About mobile OS (for smartphones/tablets), IPython is packaged,
> easy-to-install and works well in : [snip]

That's awesome - thanks, Roberto.

>  I will soon package and submit IPython 0.10.2 for Maemo 4 & 5. IPython
> 0.11 is more difficult to package for Maemo/MeeGo due to its additional
> dependencies.

The basic terminal shell shouldn't have any more dependencies, as far as
I'm aware. You only need ZMQ etc. if you want to use the Qt console or the
parallel computing stuff. If it is feasible to package 0.11, that would be
great - it's a significant upgrade from 0.10.x, and I don't think anyone's
terribly interested in supporting the old code. We're also hoping to
release 0.12 soon, which will further improve on 0.11.

>     I have searched and found that IPython for Android OS doesn't work
> (there is no libreadline). For iOS there is IPython only jail-breaking
> it (Cydia) and following some manual installation steps. No IPython for
> Symbian OS. Am I right ?

It might be possible to use pyrepl (http://codespeak.net/pyrepl/) to
provide a readline-like interface on android, depending on what the
terminal there is like.

Another possibility, if mobile browsers are sufficiently advanced, is to
access IPython in the browser. Pythonanywhere embeds a terminal in a web
page: http://www.pythonanywhere.com/try-ipython/ (down at the moment), or
there's an in-browser notebook interface coming with 0.12. This is probably
the only way round the restrictions for iOS platforms.

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