IPython: Productive Interactive Computing
Welcome to IPython. Our full documentation is available on our website; if you downloaded a built source
docs/source directory contains the plaintext version of
these manuals. If you have Sphinx installed, you can build them by typing
cd docs; make html for local browsing.
Dependencies and supported Python versions
For full details, see the installation section of the manual. The basic parts of IPython only need the Python standard library, but much of its more advanced functionality requires extra packages.
Officially, IPython requires Python version 2.6, 2.7, or 3.1 and above.
You can run IPython from this directory without even installing it system-wide by typing at the terminal:
$ python ipython.py
If you want to hack on certain parts, e.g. the IPython notebook, in a clean
environment (such as a virtualenv) you can use
pip to grab the necessary
$ pip install -e .[notebook]
This installs the necessary packages and symlinks IPython into your current environment so that you can work on your local repo copy and run it from anywhere:
$ ipython notebook
The same process applies for other parts, such as the qtconsole (the
extras_require attribute in the setup.py file lists all the possibilities).