Usecase: You have access to a Jupyterhub server and you would like to install some packages but cannot use
pip install and modify the systemwide Python installation.
Check if conda is available
First check if the Python installation you have access to is based on Anaconda, open a Notebook and type:
! executes bash commands instead of Python commands, we want to check if the
conda package manager is installed.
If not, the setup is a bit tedious, so see my tutorial on installing Anaconda in your home folder
Create a conda environment
Conda allows to create independent environments in our home folder, this has the advantage that the environment will be writable so we can install any other package with
!conda create -n myownenv --clone root
You can declare all the packages you want to install bu good starting point is just to clone the
root environment, this will link all the global packages in your home folder, then you can customize it further.
Create a Jupyter Notebook kernel to launch this new environment
We need to notify Jupyter of this new Python environment by creating a Kernel, from a Notebook launch:
!source activate myownenv; ipython kernel install --user --name myownenv
Launch a Notebook
Go back to the Jupyterhub dashboard, reload the page, now you should have another option in the
New menu that says
In order to use your new kernel with an existing notebook, click on the notebook file in the dashboard, it will launch with the default kernel, then you can change kernel from the top menu
Install new packages
Inside a Notebook using the
myownenv environment you can install other packages running:
!conda install newpackagename
!pip install newpackagename