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Supercharge your ipywidgets dashboards and apps in Jupyter

Ipywidgets is awesome for creating data visualization dashboards in Jupyter. But in typical setups the whole dashboard gets recalculated with every change in the configuration: even if you're changing a little parameter in the dashboard, the entire data analysis script runs again, seriously slowing down data exploration.

Ipywidgets-runner fixes that by providing a framework for attaching ipywidgets widgets to different stages in your data analysis. Then, when a user changes a parameter, ipywidgets-runner intelligently re-executes those parts of your data analysis that actually need re-executing.

And what's better, if the dashboard has seen that parameter before, it pulls the output from a cache rather than recalculating anything. So flip-flopping between two months in your timeseries analysis? Instant.


  • DAG-based runtime core
  • Debug mode
  • Worker threading


  • investigate options for building a DAG by static analysis
  • disk cache previous computations'
  • Worker multiprocessing (optionally)
  • config # of worker threads
  • option to modify styling of widgets to show stale vs ready outputs
  • allow for better diffing than just "=="
  • allow for subsetting: (e.g., if the new time range is a subinterval of the old one, maybe you don't need to hit the SQL data store again)

An Example

It's very easy to integrate ipywidgets-runner into your existing data analysis.

  1. Data analysis typically takes the form of one big function f which maps parameters to an collection of outputs, such as tables, charts, maps, or images. The first step is to split this function f into a collection of smaller, interdependent functions.

  2. Express the interdependence of these functions by linking them up in ipywidgets-runner nodes.

import ipywidgets as w
import ipywidgets_runner as wr

first_name_widget = w.Text()
last_name_widget = w.Text()
age_widget = w.Date()
output_widget = w.Output()

full_name_node = wr.Node(
  input=[first_name_widget, last_name_widget],
  f=lambda x, y: x+y
name_and_time_node = wr.Node(
  input=[full_name_node, age_widget],
  f=lambda x, y: x + str(

output_node = wr.OutNode(
  f=lambda x: plot(x),

container_widget = w.VBox([first_name_widget, last_name_widget, age_widget, output_widget])

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