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Edit code cells, write markdown, visualize!

Checkout our Medium blog post to see what amazing things you can do with nteract.

nteract geojson

Note: There will be 🐛s and quirks. Please come tell us about them!

nteract is a literate coding environment that supports Python, R, JavaScript and other Jupyter kernels. It wraps up the best of the web based Jupyter notebook and embeds it as a desktop application that allows you to open notebooks natively on your system. Double click a .ipynb on the desktop, use Spotlight on the Mac. It Just Works™

Scope and goals

  • Notebook environment to explore and get things done
  • Standalone cross-platform desktop application
  • One notebook document/narrative per window
  • Work with any Jupyter kernel using message spec v5
  • Easy install with pre-configured Python3 and JavaScript runtimes
  • Grow an ecosystem of tooling to allow others to build their own platforms relying on the Jupyter specifications 🔜

Installation - Users

Head to the Releases page and download the version for your OS.

Installation - Contributors and Development

The contributors are listed in contributors

To learn how to contribute, head to our contributing guide.

This project adheres to the Contributor Covenant code of conduct. By participating, you are expected to uphold this code. Please report unacceptable behavior to

Feel free to post issues or chat in Slack (request an invite) if you need help or have questions. If you have trouble creating an account on Slack, either email or post an issue on GitHub.


To get started developing install a python runtime then install nteract in dev mode.

Python runtime

At least for now, we need the python 3 kernel installed when hacking on nteract:

python3 -m pip install ipykernel
python3 -m ipykernel install --user

Install nteract in dev mode

Requires Node.js and npm 3+.

  1. Fork this repo
  2. Clone it git clone
  3. cd to where you cloned it
  4. npm install
  5. npm run start

As you make changes, close the entire app (cmd-q on OS X, or ctrl-c at the terminal) then run npm run start again.

Progressive Webpack build for the notebook

In separate terminals run:

npm run build:main
npm run build:renderer:watch


npm run spawn

The webpack build will keep occurring as you modify source. When you open a new notebook, you'll get the freshest copy of the notebook app.

Build Documentation

You can run nteract's documentation generator by running

npm run build:docs

And then opening docs/index.html in your favorite browser.


I upgraded my developer installation and things are broken!

  • Try npm run reinstall

I want to debug redux actions and state changes.

  • Enable redux-logger by spawning the application with npm run spawn:debug.

For maintainers: Creating a release

Bump the version

npm version {major|minor|patch}
git push
git push --tags
npm publish

Create the package

It is recommended to run npm run reinstall before packaging a release.

To package a release for your current platform run:

npm run dist

To package a release for all platforms run:

npm run dist:all

Make sure you have the required dependencies for a multi platform build installed.

The OS X release has to be signed with an Apple developer key. Currently only Kyle (@rgbkrk) has this set up.

Then verify that the copy of nteract in dist/ works properly (mostly ad-hoc basic notebook loading and execution).


Work on the nteract notebook is currently sponsored by


Domino Data Lab


We're on a common mission to build a great notebook experience. Feel free to get in touch if you'd like to help. Resources go towards paying for additional work by seasoned designers and engineers.

Made possible by

The nteract project was made possible with the support of

Carina by Rackspace.

If your employer allows you to work on nteract during the day and would like recognition, feel free to add them to the "Made possible by" list.


📓 Interactive literate coding notebook!




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