Robot Framework IPython kernel for Jupyter Notebook and JupyterLab
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Robot Framework IPython kernel for Jupyter Notebook and JupyterLab.

Requires Python 3.6 or later.

Log | Report -links on existing notebooks are only active on trusted notebooks.

Try Robotkernel at Binder

Jupyter Notebook:


Install Robotkernel

$ pip install robotkernel
$ python -m robotkernel.install

For JupyterLab you should also install the companion syntax highlighting:

$ jupyter labextension install jupyterlab_robotmode

Install Robotkernel from Python 3 notebook

!pip install robotkernel
!python -m robotkernel.install

After refreshing the notebook, it is possible change the kernel to Robot Framework kernel or create a new notebook with Robot Framework kernel.

For JupyterLab you should also install the companion syntax highlighting:

!jupyter labextension install jupyterlab_robotmode

Export robot files

It is possible to export test suites direclty from Jupyter Notebook or JupyterLab user interface (into traditional .robot files), but also from command line:

$ jupyter nbconvert --to script example.ipynb

Execute notebooks

In addition, it is also possible to execute notebooks as such, resulting into a new notebook with embedded execution logs and reports:

$ jupyter nbconvert --to notebook --execute example.ipynb

This will stop the execution at first failing test case.

When execution with errors, to also get a result notebook with execution logs saved, an extra flag --ExecutePreprocessor.allow_errors=True must be set:

$ jupyter nbconvert --ExecutePreprocessor.allow_errors=True --to notebook --execute example.ipynb

This may change in future versions of nbconvert.

Note that when executing a notebook, each cell with tests cases or tasks will be executed as its own suite. It might be more efficient to export notebook into a robot script and execute that with the traditional robot runner.

Local installation and development

See also:

Create and activate clean Python virtual environment:

$ venv myenv
$ source myenv/bin/activate

Install Jupyter:

$ pip install --upgrade pip setuptools
$ pip install jupyter

Clone this kernel:

$ git clone
$ cd robotkernel

Install the kernel into virtualenv in develop mode:

$ python develop

Install the kernel into jupyter:

$ python -m robotkernel.install

Launch the jupyter:

$ jupyter notebook

Reloading the kernel reloads the code.

Nix-shell (

This repository includes opinionated instructions for running and developing Robotkernel with Nix for Jupyter Notebook:

$ nix-shell -E 'import (fetchTarball + "/shell.nix")' --run "jupyter notebook"

And for Jupyter Lab:

$ nix-shell -E 'import (fetchTarball + "/shell.nix")'
$ jupyter labextension install jupyterlab_robotmode --app-dir=.jupyterlab
$ jupyter lab --app-dir=.jupyterlab
$ exit

Add --arg sikuli true to include SikuliLibrary.

Add --arg vim true to enable vim bindings.

Development environment with Nix:

$ git clone
$ cd robotkernel
$ nix-build setup.nix -A env  # to generate ./result/bin/python for IDE
$ nix-shell setup.nix -A develop