A git-backed store for ipython notebooks
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ipylogue - IPython notebook storage backed by git

Like tracking checkpoints in your ipython notebooks? Perhaps you'd like better control over their revisions. Then ipylogue is for you. Heavy duty VCS for your ipython notebooks.

For another way to share notebooks, check out bookstore (Rackspace's post about it), which lets you publish notebooks to OpenStack Swift (or Rackspace Cloud Files) automatically.

What does it do?

Interactive computing can yield super cool results. Like discovering a new pattern in your data, or stumbling on a better way of doing your work.

Wouldn't it be cool to save your steps so you can see the evolution of your notebooks over time? Thought so.

* 48dbea0 - (HEAD, master) IPython notebook rename [Ryan S. Brown]
* 7dff1f3 - IPython notebook save [Ryan S. Brown]
* 91b7e32 - IPython notebook save [Ryan S. Brown]

Each save (or rename) event creates a new git commit in the notebook directory. By default, that's wherever you ran ipython notebook.


Note: Requires IPython 3.0.0+, use ipylogue v 1.0.2 or less for IPython 2.0-2.9.

Install ipylogue by running python setup.py install.

Create a profile (or, if you insist, edit the default profile). You can also use your default config, located at ~/.ipython/profile_default/ipython_notebook_config.py

$ ipython profile create ipylogue
[ProfileCreate] Generating default config file: u'/home/yourname/.ipython/profile_ipylogue/ipython_config.py'
[ProfileCreate] Generating default config file: u'/home/yourname/.ipython/profile_ipylogue/ipython_notebook_config.py'
[ProfileCreate] Generating default config file: u'/home/yourname/.ipython/profile_ipylogue/ipython_nbconvert_config.py'

Replace "ipylogue" with another name if you like. It will print the location of the profile on your hard drive.

Add these lines to your ipython notebook profile (ipython_notebook_config.py):

c.NotebookApp.contents_manager_class = 'ipylogue.gitmanager.GitNotebookManager'
c.GitNotebookManager.commiter_name = u'COMMITTER_NAME' # this is optional
c.GitNotebookManager.commiter_email = u'COMMITTER_EMAIL' # this is optional

Then go to a directory and run ipython notebook --profile ipylogue

Each time you save a notebook, ipylogue will commit the changes to git so you never lose any history.

Advanced Usage

Because ipylogue makes a commit for every save/rename while you work on your notebook, it may be a good idea to squash some of your commits and add a descriptive message. For more information on squashing commits, check out this thigitready.com tutorial.


If you encounter an error that looks like:

ImportError: IPython.html requires pyzmq >= 2.1.11

Try running pip install ipython[notebook] --upgrade --force


Add the option to have the root of your notebook folder be a subdir of your repository

c.GitNotebookManager.repo_subdir = u'notebooks' # OPTIONAL: a directory *inside* the repo where you want notebooks to put notebooks

Add the option to do all notebook commits on a specific branch to be squashed later.


Affero GPLv3, see COPYING.txt for full license

Also see https://github.com/FriendCode/gittle for dulwich usage examples