[IPython-dev] [Anaconda Support] Re: What's the easiest way to open an IPython Notebook server in a particular directory on Windows?

Ian Bell ian.h.bell at gmail.com
Mon Feb 24 16:02:39 EST 2014

Another even simpler possibility, one I use myself, is to make a batch file
called ipython_nb.bat (or whatever you want), with contents "ipython
notebook %1" (without the quotes).  Then right click a .ipynb file and set
the ipython_nb.bat file as the default file opener for ipynb files.  Works
a treat.  You could add other command line parameter as well.  Only mildly
negative thing is that you can get quite a few command prompts scattered
around from all the servers if you use this method regularly.


On Mon, Feb 24, 2014 at 9:51 PM, Aron Ahmadia <aron at ahmadia.net> wrote:

> Awesome!  Both of those are comprehensive solutions to the "not able to
> launch IPython in the right folder" problems.  I think the first solution
> is actually a good candidate for inclusion in the Software Carpentry
> "Configuration Problems and Solutions" wiki page being maintained by Justin
> Kitzes over here:
> https://github.com/swcarpentry/bc/wiki/Configuration-Problems-and-Solutions
> Feel free to add your solution, and perhaps a link back to this discussion
> for how to set up registry keys.  I'd even propose that the Anaconda
> developers add a context menu option for launching IPython Notebooks in
> Windows based on your advice.
> Cheers,
> Aron
> On Mon, Feb 24, 2014 at 3:04 PM, Matt Merrifield <
> rmatthewmerrifield at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I had this exact problem. I found two solutions that I liked:
>> Batch Files
>> -----------
>> Use batch file scripts! A batch file is, after all, just a terminal
>> command that you run by double clicking it. My co-workers liked this
>> method a lot better than opening a new command prompt, navigating to where
>> they wanted to work, and then running the ipython notebook command.
>> To make a batch file script that opens an ipython notebook in whatever
>> directory it's run from:
>> 1. Create a simple .txt file: Right Click -> New ->  Text Document
>> 2. Re-name it "Start IPython Notebook Here.bat" (don't forget to change
>> the extension!)
>> 3. Open it with notepad: Right Click on it -> Edit
>> 4. Add the text "ipython notebook" to the file -- it should look just
>> like you would type it in a command prompt.
>> 5. Save & close.
>> Now when you double click on the .bat file, a notebook server will spawn
>> in that directory. You can move the .bat file to wherever you want your
>> IPython notebook's working directory to be. You can make copies of the .bat
>> file, and stash one in all the directories you frequently use. You can give
>> a copy of the file to people that you're training, and they can just
>> double-click and go. No need to teach them the command prompt.
>> Registry Keys
>> -------------
>> I work with the IPython notebooks daily in different directories all over
>> my filesystem, so I got tired of copying the .bat script to every directory
>> I worked in. I added an option to start a notebook in a directory to my
>> right-click context menu by adding a few registry keys.
>> This option is good for anyone who uses IPython frequently, doesn't mind
>> an extra option in their right-click menu, and is comfortable editing their
>> windows registry.
>> You should be able to create a text document, copy in the text above,
>> change the extension to .reg, and then run it(just once) to add the context
>> menu entry. Put the following 5 lines in the file:
>> Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
>> [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Directory\Background\shell\ipynb]
>> @="Open IPython Notebook"
>> [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Directory\Background\shell\ipynb\command]
>> @="C:\\Windows\\system32\\WindowsPowerShell\\v1.0\\powershell.exe ipython
>> notebook"
>> Once the registry key has been added, whenever you right-click in a
>> folder (or on your desktop) you'll have the option to "Open IPython
>> Notebook". Selecting that option will spawn a powershell instance, and call
>> "ipython notebook" as if you'd typed it on the command line -- just like
>> the batch file method, but without the extra file in the directory.
>> Note: if you ever want to remove the registry keys, you'll have to open
>> up regedit.exe and delete them manually. Some users might become frustrated
>> with the extra option if they rarely use the notebook, and they might have
>> trouble getting rid of it, so I wouldn't offer this option unless you know
>> they will use it all the time.
>> Another Note: Neither of these methods starts the notebook with the
>> "--pylab inline" flag. You can get similar functionality with the "%pylab"
>> or "%matplotlib inline" magics.
>> Let me know if you have any questions. I'll do what I can to answer.
>> -Matt
>> On Sun, Feb 23, 2014 at 3:09 PM, Jason Moore <moorepants at gmail.com>wrote:
>>> Thanks, I already have asked the Anaconda mailing list too. Just haven't
>>> gotten a response yet.
>>> Maybe I should just include the Windows shortcut in the directory full
>>> of notebooks. That would work.
>>> Jason
>>> moorepants.info
>>> +01 530-601-9791
>>> On Sun, Feb 23, 2014 at 6:06 PM, Aron Ahmadia <aron at ahmadia.net> wrote:
>>>> It might be better to direct this question to the Anaconda mailing list
>>>> (cc'd).
>>>> You could distribute a shortcut for them that does the right thing when
>>>> you're packaging your repository.  If you come up with something better or
>>>> that works for you, please add it to the Software Carpentry "configuration
>>>> problems" Wiki
>>>> https://github.com/swcarpentry/bc/wiki/Configuration-Problems-and-Solutions
>>>> Right now Software Carpentry instructors usually get around this by
>>>> teaching the command line *before* Git :)
>>>> A
>>>>  On Sun, Feb 23, 2014 at 6:00 PM, Jason Moore <moorepants at gmail.com>wrote:
>>>>>  The IPython Notebook shortcut installed by Anaconda defaults to
>>>>> opening in the "IPython Notebooks" directory. Is there an easier (point and
>>>>> click?) method to opening the server in another directory besides (1) open
>>>>> a CMD prompt and cd'ing to the directory or (2) changing the "start in"
>>>>> properties of the shortcut?
>>>>> I'm giving a tutorial to command line novices and was hoping for
>>>>> something very simple for them to open up the notebook server in the
>>>>> correct directory.
>>>>> Jason
>>>>> moorepants.info
>>>>> +01 530-601-9791
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