[IPython-dev] Installing ipython notebook in virtualenv on mac

Eric Matthes ehmatthes at gmail.com
Wed Nov 27 11:23:18 EST 2013

I had thought about this approach, but I thought working in a virtualenv
would be easier than installing an entire vm. I'll check with the person
I'm working with, and ask his preference.


On Wed, Nov 27, 2013 at 7:09 AM, mcburton <mcburton at umich.edu> wrote:

> Eric,
> While this doesn't quite answer your specific questions about virtualenv
> on a mac, you might check out the GitHub repository for the 2nd edition of *Mining
> the Social Web. *Instead of walking users through installing Python and
> IPython, the author has them install a linux virtual machine and uses
> Vagrant to automatically build an IPython environment.
> There is a screencast and instructions on how to set-up the virtual
> development environment. I like this approach because it sidesteps the
> problem of installing IPython and its dependencies on the local machine.
> *https://github.com/ptwobrussell/Mining-the-Social-Web-2nd-Edition#the-mining-the-social-web-virtual-machine
> <https://github.com/ptwobrussell/Mining-the-Social-Web-2nd-Edition#the-mining-the-social-web-virtual-machine>*
> If both of you use a VM then you can have the exact same development
> environment regardless of your host operating system (linux/win/osx).
> Just putting this out as a possible alternative to your challenge.
> --
> mcb
> On Wed, Nov 27, 2013 at 10:53 AM, Eric Matthes <ehmatthes at gmail.com>wrote:
>> Hello,
>> I am trying to help a colleague get IPython Notebook running on a mac. I
>> use Ubuntu, and I've lost track of everything I did to get IPython running
>> on my machine. Right now, I can get IPython Notebook working in a virtual
>> environment by running the following commands:
>>     ~$ mkdir test_ipython
>>     ~$ cd test_ipython
>>     ~/test_ipython$ virtualenv -p python3.3 venv
>>     ~/test_ipython$ source venv/bin/activate
>>     (venv)~/test_ipython$ pip install ipython[all]==1.1.0
>> After this, I can run `ipython --version` and I see `1.1.0`, and I can
>> run `ipython notebook` successfully from an activated virtual environment.
>> My colleague is having issues, I believe, with pyzmq. Can someone clarify
>> what is wrong with these instructions, or what he needs to do to his
>> overall system to make these instructions work? He has python2.7 and
>> python3.3 installed on his system.
>> Also, I am quite new to the list, and if this kind of question really
>> belongs on Stack Overflow please let me know. I've been hunting around for
>> a while, but there are so many installation instructions for various
>> versions of IPython, and so many dependencies that I get lost pretty
>> quickly in the existing documentation.
>> Thank you,
>> Eric Matthes
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