Install Jupyter Notebook: Easy Step-by-Step Guide

Jupyter Notebook is an open-source web application that enables the creation and sharing of documents that contain code, such as Python or R, along with rich text elements like paragraphs, equations, figures, and links. Offering a comprehensive tool for interactive computing, Jupyter Notebook allows users to incorporate text, data visualizations, and code all in one place. This flexibility makes it an ideal data analysis, reporting, and collaborative data-driven storytelling platform widely used in Machine Learning. One of Jupyter Notebook’s key features is its ability to display plots inline as an output of running code cells, enhancing its usability for data analysis tasks.

The power of the Jupyter Notebook extends beyond its analytical capabilities. It also serves as a versatile environment for a variety of tasks. For instance, its integration capabilities with different tools and languages add depth to its functionality. This step-by-step guide will walk you through the installation process of Jupyter Notebook and provide a primer on using it to run Python code interactively. Whether you are a beginner just starting or an experienced coder looking for a robust platform, Jupyter Notebook offers limitless possibilities. Now, let’s get started with installing Jupyter Notebook!

Prerequisites for Installing Jupyter Notebook

Before diving into the installation process of Jupyter Notebook, let’s look at the prerequisites. Ensuring your system meets the requirements is a crucial first step.

System Requirements

Jupyter Notebook is compatible with three major operating systems: Windows, macOS, and Linux. Here are the minimum system requirements:

  • Operating System: Windows 7 or newer, macOS, or Linux.
  • Memory: At least 1 GB of RAM is recommended for smooth operations.
  • Disk Space: Minimum 1 GB of free disk space for installing and functioning Jupyter Notebook and its dependencies.

Software Requirements

On the software side, you’ll need the following:

  • Python: Jupyter runs on Python, so a working Python environment is required. Python 3.3 or later would be suitable for running Jupyter Notebook. If you don’t have Python installed or have an older version, don’t worry. We’ll guide you through the Python installation process in the next section.
  • PIP package manager: PIP is a package manager for Python. It’s used to install and manage software packages written in Python. If you have Python 2 >=2.7.9 or Python 3 >=3.4 installed from, you will have pip already, else we will guide you on how to get it.

That’s all you need to get started with Jupyter Notebook! It’s also recommended to have a reliable internet connection for a smooth and error-free installation.

In the next sections, we’ll guide you through each step of the installation process, starting with how to install Python. Let’s move forward!

How to Install Python

Python, an essential prerequisite for Jupyter Notebook, is a popular programming language known for its simplicity and readability. Installing Python on your machine is a fairly straightforward process. Here, we’ll guide you on installing Python on three major operating systems: Windows, macOS, and Linux.

Python Installation on Windows

  1. Visit the official Python website’s download page at
  2. Click on the link that says “Latest Python 3 Release – Python x.x.x” (where x.x.x denotes the latest version).
  3. Scroll to the files section and click “Windows x86-64 executable installer” for 64-bit or “Windows x86 executable installer” for 32-bit systems.
  4. After downloading the installer, run it. In the first installation screen, check the box at the bottom that says “Add Python x.x to PATH”. This will set your system’s PATH for Python.
  5. Click “Install Now”.
  6. Wait for the installation to complete, and then click “Close”.

Python Installation on MacOS

  1. Visit the official Python website’s download page at
  2. Click on the link “Latest Python 3 Release – Python x.x.x”.
  3. Scroll down to the files section and click “macOS 64-bit Intel installer” or “macOS 64-bit universal2 installer” depending on your system.
  4. After downloading the installer, open it and follow the prompts to install Python.
  5. You can verify the installation by opening Terminal and typing python3 --version. You should see Python’s version number.

Python Installation on Linux

Python is usually preinstalled on most Linux distributions. However, you might want to upgrade to the latest version. Here’s how you can do it:

For Ubuntu, you can use the following commands:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install python3

For CentOS, you can use the following commands:

sudo yum update
sudo yum install python3

Please check the specific documentation for Python installation instructions for other Linux distributions.

You can verify the installation by opening a terminal and typing python3 --version. You should see Python’s version number.

Once you install Python, you are one step closer to getting Jupyter Notebook running on your machine. The next section cover setting up a Python virtual environment, an optional but highly recommended step for managing Python packages.

Setting up a Python Virtual Environment

Python’s Virtual Environment is a self-contained directory tree that includes a Python installation for a particular version of Python, plus several additional packages. It’s a best practice to isolate your Python project’s specific library dependencies in virtual environments, providing a more reliable and controlled development environment.

Let’s walk through the process of setting up a Python virtual environment. This process is the same across all major operating systems.

  1. Install the virtualenv package: Open your command prompt or terminal, and run the following command to install the virtualenv package. This tool lets us create isolated Python environments:
pip install virtualenv
  1. Create a new virtual environment: Navigate to the directory where you want to create your new virtual environment. Once you’re in that directory, run the following command:
virtualenv myenv

Replace myenv with the name, you want to give to your virtual environment. This command creates a new directory containing the virtual environment files with the same name.

  1. Activate the virtual environment: Before we can use the virtual environment, we need to activate it. The command for this varies a bit depending on your operating system:
  • On Windows, run: myenv\Scripts\activate
  • On macOS/Linux, run: source myenv/bin/activate In both commands, replace myenv with the name you gave to your virtual environment.

After you’ve activated your virtual environment, your command prompt will show the name of your virtual environment, something like this: (myenv) C:\path\to\your\directory>. This indicates that the virtual environment is active.

Any Python package installed in the virtual environment is isolated from the global Python environment.

In the next section, we’ll guide you on installing Jupyter Notebook in this isolated environment, ensuring a clean and conflict-free setup. Let’s move on!

Installing Jupyter Notebook using PIP

With your virtual environment set up, you can install Jupyter Notebook. The process is straightforward, thanks to Python’s package manager, PIP.

Ensure your virtual environment is active (you should see the name of your environment in your terminal or command prompt). If it’s inactive, refer to the previous section to activate it.

Once your virtual environment is active, follow these steps:

  1. Install Jupyter Notebook: Run the following command in your terminal:
pip install notebook

This command tells PIP to install the ‘notebook’ package containing the classic Jupyter Notebook application.

  1. Verify the Installation: After the installation completes, you can verify it by running:
jupyter notebook --version

This command would print the installed version of Jupyter Notebook if the installation were successful.

  1. Launch Jupyter Notebook: You can start the Jupyter Notebook interface in your browser by running:
jupyter notebook

This command will print information about the notebook server in your terminal, including the web application URL (by default, http://localhost:8888).

Upon launching, your default browser should automatically open to this URL. You can manually open this URL in your browser if it doesn’t.

You might be interested in installing Jupyter Notebook in the Docker container. Check the How to build Anaconda Python Data Science Docker container for more information on this topic. Also, you might be interested in how to launch Nginx Jupyter Behind A Proxy Setup article, which covers Jupyter Hub installation.

You’ve now installed Jupyter Notebook! You’re ready to start creating and running your notebooks. In the next section, we’ll guide you on running your first Jupyter Notebook, where we’ll include some Python scripting examples.

Let’s continue our journey!

Running Your First Jupyter Notebook

Congratulations on successfully installing Jupyter Notebook! Now, let’s walk through creating and running your first notebook.

  1. Launch Jupyter Notebook: If you’ve closed it, relaunch Jupyter Notebook by running jupyter notebook it in your terminal or command prompt. This command will open the Jupyter Notebook interface in your default web browser.
  2. Create a new Notebook: In the Jupyter Notebook interface, navigate to the right-hand side of the screen and click on the ‘New’ button. Then, select ‘Python 3’ from the dropdown list. A new tab will open with your fresh notebook.
  3. Understanding the Interface: Each Jupyter Notebook is composed of cells. A cell is a multiline text input field, and its contents can be executed by using Shift-Enter, or by clicking either the “Play” button in the toolbar or Cell > Run in the menu bar. The cell’s type determines the execution behavior of a cell. There are three types of cells: code cells, markdown cells, and raw cells. In most cases, you’ll be working with code and markdown cells.
  4. Running Python Code: Click on the first cell and try typing some Python code, such as:
print("Hello, Jupyter!")

Hit ‘Shift + Enter’ to run the cell. The output of the cell will appear below the code.

  1. Writing Markdown Text: You can use Markdown cells to explain your code and findings. Markdown is a lightweight markup language for creating formatted text. To create a Markdown cell, click on a cell, go to the ‘Cell’ menu, select ‘Cell Type’, and then ‘Markdown’. Now, you can write text in this cell. Try typing some text and then run the cell as you did before.
  1. Saving Your Notebook: To save your work, go to ‘File’ and then ‘Save and Checkpoint’, or just hit ‘Ctrl + S’.

You’ve created and run your first Jupyter Notebook. In the following sections, we’ll explore how to troubleshoot the Jupyter Notebook’s common installation issues effectively. Let’s proceed!

Troubleshooting Common Installation Issues

Like any software installation, you may encounter some challenges when installing Python or Jupyter Notebooks. Here are some common issues you might face and solutions to get you past them.

  1. Python not recognized as a command: If you see a ‘Python is not recognized as an internal or external command’ error after installing Python, this likely means that Python was not added to your system’s PATH. To fix this, you can manually add Python to your PATH variable. The method varies between operating systems and versions, so a quick internet search with your specific OS will provide the most accurate steps.
  2. PIP not working: If you’re having trouble using pip, it might be that pip isn’t installed, or it’s an issue with your PATH variable. Python 3 comes with pip preinstalled, so make sure you’re using Python 3. If you still have issues, try reinstalling Python and ensure the ‘pip’ box is checked during installation.
  3. Issues installing Jupyter Notebook: If you’re encountering errors while installing Jupyter Notebook, it might be due to an older version of PIP or Python. Make sure both are up-to-date. You can update pip by running pip install --upgrade pip and update Python by downloading the latest version from the Python website.
  4. Jupyter command not found: If you have installed Jupyter Notebook, but your system can’t seem to find it (i.e., you see a ‘jupyter: command not found’ error), this is likely because the location where pip installed Jupyter is not on your system’s PATH. As mentioned above, you can resolve this by adding the installation location to your PATH.
  5. Issues running Jupyter Notebook: If Jupyter Notebook doesn’t launch automatically, manually launch it by entering the URL in the terminal (usually http://localhost:8888) into your browser’s address bar. If the interface is still not showing up, ensure no firewall or security software is blocking Jupyter Notebook.

Remember, it’s okay to encounter problems during the installation process. It’s part of the learning experience. Don’t hesitate to search online for the errors you’re seeing – it’s likely that others have encountered the same issues and found solutions. Happy troubleshooting!

Best Practices for Using Jupyter Notebook with Python

Utilizing Jupyter Notebook effectively can make your Python programming more efficient and enjoyable. Here are some best practices to ensure you’re getting the most out of your Jupyter Notebook experience:

  1. Organize Your Code with Cells: Jupyter Notebook’s cell structure is its biggest strength. Make good use of it by organizing your code into logical sections. Each cell should accomplish a specific task or represent a specific step in your analysis or modeling process.
  2. Comment Your Code: Like any other programming environment, commenting on your Python code in Jupyter Notebooks is a good habit. Even though you can write rich text in markdown cells, inline comments in your code cells can provide context directly tied to the code.
# Calculate the sum of the list
sum_list = sum(my_list)
  1. Use Markdown Cells for Documentation: Markdown cells are perfect for documenting your analysis process, explaining your reasoning, noting observations, and providing another context. This is what makes Jupyter Notebook great for data storytelling.
  2. Show Your Work: Jupyter Notebook allows you to display your Python data structures in a readable format. This feature shows intermediary steps in your data analysis or modeling process. This can be especially useful for debugging and explaining your process to others.
# Display the content of the list
  1. Keep Your Notebooks Reproducible: Try to keep your notebooks self-contained and reproducible. If someone else were to run your notebook, they should get the same results. This might involve setting seeds for random number generators, making sure any data files you use are accessible, and providing explicit instructions for any manual steps.
  2. Regularly Save Your Work: Jupyter automatically saves your notebook every few minutes, but you should also get into the habit of manually saving your work. You can do this by clicking ‘File’ > ‘Save and Checkpoint’, or by simply pressing ‘Ctrl + S’.
  3. Clear Your Output: When sharing your notebook, it can be helpful to clear your output data first. This makes the notebook smaller and encourages others to run the code themselves. You can clear output via ‘Cell’ > ‘All Output’ > ‘Clear’.
  4. Use Jupyter Extensions: Jupyter has many extensions that add useful functionality. These can be installed with pip and activated in Jupyter. For instance, the nbextensions_configurator extension provides a convenient way to configure and manage your Jupyter extensions.

Applying these best practices makes your Jupyter Notebook usage more efficient and productive. Happy coding!


How do I install a Jupyter Notebook?

To install Jupyter Notebook, you must first install Python on your system. Python comes pre-installed on most UNIX-like systems, including Linux and MacOS. You can download Python from the official website if it’s not installed or using Windows. Once Python is installed, you can install Jupyter Notebook using Python’s package manager, pip. Open your system’s command prompt or terminal and type pip install notebook. Once the installation is complete, you can start Jupyter Notebook by typing jupyter notebook in the terminal. This command will launch the Jupyter Notebook interface in your default web browser, and you’re ready to create and share your interactive documents.

Do I need Python to install Jupyter Notebook?

Python is required to install Jupyter Notebook. Jupyter Notebook is written in Python, and its default kernel runs Python code. Therefore, you must install Python on your system before installing Jupyter Notebook. If Python is not installed, it can be downloaded from the official website. Once Python is installed, Jupyter Notebook can be easily installed using Python’s package manager, pip. It’s important to note that although Jupyter Notebook is Python-based, it can also run code from several other programming languages as long as the appropriate kernels are installed.

How to install Jupyter Notebook using Anaconda Mac?

Installing Jupyter Notebook on a Mac using Anaconda is a straightforward process. First, download the Anaconda installer for Mac from the official Anaconda website. Make sure to download the Python 3.x version. Once the installer is downloaded, open it and follow the on-screen instructions. Anaconda will install Python, Jupyter Notebook, and other useful data science packages. After the installation, you can launch Jupyter Notebook by opening the Anaconda Navigator application, which is installed as part of Anaconda, and then clicking on the Jupyter Notebook icon. Alternatively, you can open a terminal and type jupyter notebook to start Jupyter Notebook. This command will open a new tab in your default web browser with the Jupyter Notebook interface.

How to install Jupyter on Windows Terminal?

First, ensure Python is installed on your Windows system. If not, download it from the official Python website and include Python in the PATH during installation. Next, install Jupyter Notebook via Python’s package manager, pip. To do this, open Windows Terminal (accessed by typing ‘cmd’ in the search bar) and type pip install notebook. After the installation, launch Jupyter Notebook by entering jupyter notebook in the terminal. This command opens the Jupyter Notebook interface in your default web browser, ready for use.

how to install Jupyter Notebook in Windows 10?

To install Jupyter Notebook on Windows 10, you’ll first need to install Python, which can be downloaded from the official Python website. Ensure to check the box to add Python to your PATH during installation. After installing Python, open Command Prompt and type pip install notebook to install Jupyter Notebook using pip, Python’s package manager. After the installation, launch Jupyter Notebook by typing jupyter notebook into the Command Prompt. This command will open the Jupyter Notebook interface in your default web browser, ready for you to create and share interactive documents.


In this comprehensive guide, we’ve covered everything you need to know to install and get started with Jupyter Notebook. Beginning with the fundamentals of Jupyter Notebook, we delved into its prerequisites and guided you through the installation of Python and Jupyter Notebook. We also explored the creation of a Python virtual environment and guided you through running your first Jupyter Notebook.

Additionally, we touched on the collaboration and interactivity features of Jupyter Notebook, showcasing how they can enhance your programming and data analysis tasks. We provided solutions to common installation issues and shared best practices for using Jupyter Notebook with Python, aiming to optimize your Jupyter Notebook experience.

The world of programming is vast and continually evolving. As you advance your journey with Python and Jupyter Notebook, always remember to learn, explore, and experiment, but most importantly, have fun. Happy coding!

References and Additional Resources

To supplement your learning and explore more about Python, and Jupyter Notebook, refer to the following resources:


  1. Python Official Documentation
  2. Python for Beginners
  3. Learn Python – Full Course for Beginners by FreeCodeCamp

Jupyter Notebook:

  1. Jupyter Notebook Official Documentation
  2. Project Jupyter
  3. Jupyter Notebook Tutorial: Introduction, Setup, and Walkthrough by Corey Schafer

These resources should provide a good starting point for further exploration and mastery. Happy learning!