IPython Notebook Viewer is a free webservice that allows you to share static html versions of hosted notebook files. If a notebook is publicly available, by giving its url to the Viewer, you should be able to view it.
You can also directly browse collections of notebooks in public GitHub repositories, for example the IPython examples.
There are extensions and a bookmarklet for Chrome and Firefox here.
Notebook Viewer tries to get notebooks from the url given. If the remote location
doesn't respond or the file Notebook Viewer receives is not valid, you will get an
error (typically 400). Check that the remote file still exists and that you can convert
it locally with
If it's a 5xx error, it's probably a bug.
The Notebook Viewer uses IPython's
nbconvert to export
.ipynb files to HTML.
If you have IPython installed you have access to the same functionality
and many more formats by invoking
ipython nbconvert at a command line. Starting in IPython 2.0, you should be
able to export notebooks in other formats using the
file menu in the IPython
This Notebook Viewer instance is hosted on Rackspace, who kindly provide hosting for the IPython open source project. Thanks to Rackspace, we are able to operate nbconvert as a free service.
The Notebook Viewer does not store any notebooks.
You have to find the original place where the notebook is hosted to update/remove it.
Updates occur automatically, but can take some time to appear, as we cache rendered
notebooks for approximately 10 minutes. To force an update, append
to the viewer URL.
You can't directly share the url of a notebook you are working on as the server is
probably running on a local machine (url starts with
or needs authentication (you have to type a password to access your notebook).
You will have to put the notebook file somewhere with a publicly available url.
We recommend using GitHub or gists.
Not yet, but we would like to add this. We'll be happy to have any help you can offer. In the meantime, you can use a secret gist if you wish. You might be interested in running a Viewer on your own machine or inside your network.
Yes, absolutely. Please visit the GitHub repository for instructions.
You can, but you will probably get a warning that the website does not have a valid
certificate. Alternatively, You can get a free SSL certificate from [Let's Encrypt]
(https://letsencrypt.org/) or buy from any vendor. We strongly recommend you get it
from Let's Encrypt. If you need to embed an html notebook
on another site, please use local export with
Is the broken link on a notebook? If so, we suggest you contact the original author. Otherwise, please open an issue on our issue tracker with the link to the broken page, and tell us which link is broken. We'll do our best to fix it.
Featured notebooks are notebooks we found that we like. If you think some should be removed, or others that should be added, feel free to contact us. The best way would be to directly submit a pull request on GitHub.
Not yet, but we plan to allow that in the future. You can
ipython nbconvert locally to export to many formats. You can still help
us by making a donation or contributing with your time.