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How to create a custom ipython, aka jupyter notebook kernel with a python virtual environment

Creating a custom ipython or jupyte notebook kernel

  1. Create a python virtual environment using either pipenv or virtualenv

  2. Open up cmd.exe, activate the virtual environment and issue the following to commands

    pipenv install jupyter

    pipenv install ipykernel

  3. To create the custom ipython kernel, issue the following commands

    python -m ipykernel install --user --name other-env --display-name "whatever name you want to give the kernel"

    python -m ipykernel install --user --display-name "whatever name you want to give the kernel"

  4. The --name other-env argument, value pair is optional. See here for explanation

  5. Now when you reload your ipython/jupyter notebooks you should see the newly created kernel listed under kernels. You can see some kernels I've created in the screenshot below.

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