[IPython-dev] Deploying IPython on Windows campus network

Chris Friedline cfriedline at vcu.edu
Wed Mar 12 10:55:21 EDT 2014

Hi Johann,

That path is controlled by the environment variable, IPYTHONDIR, which
your windows admin could set on the boxes via Group Policy.

See here for more info: http://ipython.org/ipython-doc/dev/config/intro.html


Christopher J. Friedline, Ph.D.
NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, VA 23284

Johann Rohwer wrote:
> We are trying to deploy IPython on our Windows campus network using Microsoft 
> Application Virtualization technology. On our campus network all users have a 
> home directory which is automounted as the network drive H:\ upon login. What 
> is the easiest way to tell IPython to use H:\.ipython or H:\ipython as the 
> configuration directory for IPython? (If I am not mistaken the home drive is 
> set by the environment variable %HOMEDRIVE% under Windows). 
> Unfortunately I am not very familiar with Windows (using Linux myself) and our 
> Windows sysadmin has limited python knowledge. Currently our installation is 
> working, but upon startup the current working directory is set to 
> C:\Windows\system32 which is not writeable for normal users - this is 
> expecially problematic for the notebook which won't start up because of a lack 
> of write permission. Also the IPython config directory defaults to C:
> \Users\%USERNAME%\.ipython which is machine specific, and we would like it to 
> be under a user's network home directory.
> We are using the Anaconda python distribution.
> Any pointers would be appreciated.
> Regards,
> Johann
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