Using pip

Advice: Make sure you use conda or virtualenv. If you are not a root user and want to use the --user argument for pip, you expose the installation to all python environments, which is a bad practice, make sure you know what you are doing.

$ pip install ipyvolume


$ conda install -c conda-forge ipyvolume

For Jupyter lab users

The Jupyter lab extension is not enabled by default (yet).

$ conda install -c conda-forge nodejs  # or some other way to have a recent node
$ jupyter labextension install @jupyter-widgets/jupyterlab-manager
$ jupyter labextension install ipyvolume
$ jupyter labextension install jupyter-threejs

Pre-notebook 5.3

If you are still using an old notebook version, ipyvolume and its dependend extension (widgetsnbextension) need to be enabled manually. If unsure, check which extensions are enabled:

$ jupyter nbextention list

If not enabled, enable them:

$ jupyter nbextension enable --py --sys-prefix ipyvolume
$ jupyter nbextension enable --py --sys-prefix widgetsnbextension

Pip as user: (but really, do not do this)

You have been warned, do this only if you know what you are doing, this might hunt you in the future, and now is a good time to consider learning virtualenv or conda.

$ pip install ipyvolume --user
$ jupyter nbextension enable --py --user ipyvolume
$ jupyter nbextension enable --py --user widgetsnbextension

Developer installation

$ git clone
$ cd ipyvolume
$ pip install -e .
$ jupyter nbextension install --py --symlink --sys-prefix ipyvolume
$ jupyter nbextension enable --py --sys-prefix ipyvolume

For all cases make sure ipywidgets is enabled if you use Jupyter notebook version < 5.3 (using --user instead of --sys-prefix if doing a local install):

$ jupyter nbextension enable --py --sys-prefix widgetsnbextension
$ jupyter nbextension enable --py --sys-prefix pythreejs
$ jupyter nbextension enable --py --sys-prefix ipywebrtc
$ jupyter nbextension enable --py --sys-prefix ipyvolume

Developer workflow

Jupyter notebook (classical)

Note: There is never a need to restart the notebook server, nbextensions are picked up after a page reload.

Start this command:

$ (cd js; npm run watch)

It will

  • Watch for changes in the sourcecode and run the typescript compiler for transpilation of the src dir to the lib dir.
  • Watch the lib dir, and webpack will build (among other things), ROOT/ipyvolume/static/index.js.

Refresh the page.