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notebook.js v0.4.2

Notebook.js parses raw Jupyter/IPython notebooks, and lets you render them as HTML. See a working demo here.


Notebook.js works in the browser and in Node.js. Usage is fairly straightforward.

Browser Usage

First, provide access to nb via a script tag:

<script src="notebook.js"></script>

Then parse, render, and (perhaps) append:

var notebook = nb.parse(JSON.parse(raw_ipynb_json_string));
var rendered = notebook.render();

Node.js Usage

To install:

npm install notebookjs

Then parse, render, and write:

var fs = require ("fs");
var nb = require("notebookjs");
var ipynb = JSON.parse(fs.readFileSync("path/to/notebook.ipynb"));
var notebook = nb.parse(ipynb);

Markdown and ANSI-coloring

By default, notebook.js supports marked for Markdown rendering, and ansi_up for ANSI-coloring. It does not, however, ship with those libraries, so you must <script>-include or require them before initializing notebook.js.

To support other Markdown or ANSI-coloring engines, set nb.markdown and/or nb.ansi to functions that accept raw text and return rendered text.


Notebook.js plays well with code-highlighting libraries. See NBPreview for an example of how to add support for your preferred highlighter. However, if you wish to inject your own highlighting, you can install a custom highlighter function by adding it under the highlighter name in an notebookjs instance. For instance, here is an implementation which colorizes languages using Prismjs during page generation for a static site:

var Prism = require('prismjs');

var highlighter = function(code, lang) {
    if (typeof lang === 'undefined') lang = 'markup';

    if (!Prism.languages.hasOwnProperty(lang)) {
        try {
            require('prismjs/components/prism-' + lang + '.js');
        } catch (e) {
            console.warn('** failed to load Prism lang: ' + lang);
            Prism.languages[lang] = false;

    return Prism.languages[lang] ? Prism.highlight(code, Prism.languages[lang]) : code;

var nb = require("notebookjs");
nb.highlighter = function(text, pre, code, lang) {
        var language = lang || 'text';
        pre.className = 'language-' + language;
        if (typeof code != 'undefined') {
            code.className = 'language-' + language;
        return highlighter(text, language);

A highlighter function takes up to four arguments:

  • text -- text of the cell to highlight
  • pre -- the DOM <pre> node that holds the cell
  • code -- the DOM <code> node that holds the cell (if undefined then text is not code)
  • lang -- the language of the code in the cell (if undefined then text is not code)

The function should at least return the original text value if it cannot perform any highlighting.

MathJax / LaTeX / KaTeX

Notebook.js currently doesn't support all of MathJax's syntaxes (MathML, AsciiMath, LaTeX). In the browser, however, it does support a significant subset of LaTeX via KaTeX. To enable this functionality, the webpage must have the following JavaScript and CSS libraries (or their equivalents, from other sources) loaded:


Styling Rendered Notebooks

The HTML rendered by notebook.js (intentionally) does not contain any styling. But each key element has fairly straightfoward CSS classes that make styling your notebooks a cinch. See nbpreview's stylesheet for an example implementation.


Many thanks to the following users for catching bugs, fixing typos, and proposing useful features:


Render Jupyter/IPython notebooks on the fly, in the browser. (Or on the command line, if you'd like.)



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