History of the IPYNB file.
As previously mentioned, the IPYNB file takes its filename extension from the IPython Notebook software. Fernando Pérez and a team of physicists released the first version of notebooks for IPython in 2011. The concept was to create an interactive workflow, where users could analyse large amounts of data in a transparent and collaborative way.
In 2014, however, Pérez introduced a spin-off project for IPython called Project Jupyter. Project Jupyter went on to replace IPython, as it evolved to support interactive data and scientific computing across 100 different programming languages. IPYNB files are now primarily used by Jupyter Notebook.
What are IPYNB files used for?
These types of files have a variety of uses:
Manipulate and analyse Python language.
IPYNB files are primarily used by Jupyter Notebook - an interactive computational programme designed to help users manipulate and analyse Python language.
Create computation documents.
The IPYNB file extension allows users to create computational documents in Jupyter Notebook. When you create a new Jupyter document, the file will automatically be saved in the .IPYNB format, (or Jupyter Notebook file extension).
Keep track of computational data.
IPYNB files serve as a computation record as they contain a log of the content from a Jupyter Notebook web session. This can include anything from computation inputs and outputs to mathematical functions and explanatory texts.
Sometimes users will upload IPYNB files online to a publicly accessible URL. This enables other users to easily download and access these files online, without having to install any third-party software.
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Pros and cons of IPYNB files.
As with any file type, IPYNB files come with their fair share of pros and cons. Let’s look at these in more detail.
- Open standard. IPYNB is saved in an open standard file format. Essentially, this means that they are openly accessible for anyone to use.
- Can be converted to other formats. IPYNB files can easily be converted to HTML, PDF, reStructuredText and LateX formats.
- Limited text capabilities. Formatted text such as different font sizes and font styles cannot be added to them.
- Difficult to debug. Non-linear execution can make debugging IPYNB documents confusing, especially if you lose track of which cells you have or haven’t executed.
- Difficult to scale. If you’re working with large amounts of data that are too big for your computer’s memory, using IPYNB may prove difficult.
How to open an IPYNB file.
You can open a .IPYNB file across Windows, Mac, Linux and the Web with Jupyter Notebook. To begin, simply:
- Install Jupyter Notebook on your workstation. Alternatively, open the application if Jupyter Notebook is already install
- Click the ‘Upload’ icon (located towards the right-hand corner of the screen)
- This should open a pop-up window where you can browse for and select the IPYNB file you wish to open
- Once you have located your IPYNB file, click ‘Open’
- Double click the file in the Jupyter application. This should open your IPYNB file in a separate tab.
How to create and edit an IPYNB file.
You can create and edit an IPYNB file in Jupyter Notebook. To get started just:
- Install or open the Jupyter Notebook application
- Click the ‘New’ tab (located towards the right-hand corner of the screen)
- Select ‘Python 3’ from drop-down menu
- A new IPYNB notebook file will open for you to create and edit.
You can also create and save IPYNB files with Microsoft Visual Studio Code.
Converting IPYNB to PDF.
If you are wanting to transform your file into a more easily shareable format, Adobe’s free online PDF converter tool is a great starting point.
- Drag and drop your file into the tool or select it from your device
- Wait for the conversion to take place in seconds
- Download or share the converted document.
If your IPYNB file isn’t readable in its current form, you can use free software online to convert it to a TXT or DOCX format and then convert to PDF as above using the general converter or the Word to PDF tool.
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