[IPython-dev] IPython on Android

Carl Smith carl.input at gmail.com
Tue Oct 30 15:48:27 EDT 2012

Hi all

I've been playing with getting IPython Notebook running on Android again,
on top of SL4A. I've got IPython and tornado installed, and I did a quick
test, using the following code.

import tornado
import IPython
print IPython.sys.copyright

When I run this, tornado imports, IPython imports and the copyright is
printed, so it appears we can use IPython as a library on Android, which is
nice, but I'm looking to get the Notebook serving. I'm still hacking away
at it, but had a couple of questions.

I'm sure the docs say the Notebook has no hard dependencies beyond tornado,
but I thought there was one more. Is tornado the only dependency for the

Is there some way to launch the Notebook from within a Python script,
forgetting os.system type stuff?

Note: I've tried running...

import runpy, IPython

...but got an ImportError with the message:

Loader for module IPython can not handle module <module 'IPython' from


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