PyCharm 2019.2 Help

Manage Jupyter Notebook Servers

In PyCharm, you can execute code cells using:

  • Managed server – a Jupyter server that is automatically launched by PyCharm for the current project. It will be terminated when you close PyCharm.

  • Configured server – any Jupyter server that you connect to by specifying its URL and token.

Launch a Jupyter server

To run a Jupyter server just execute any code cell. When you initiate cell execution, PyCharm launches the Jupyter server on the local host using any available port (by default, it is the 8888 port). You can switch to the Jupyter Server tool window to preview server's configuration details.

Jupyter server is running. Jupyter tool window

Once the server is launched, it is shown as a managed server in the Jupyter Server widget in the Jupyter toolbar. You can also see the automatically created server kernel in the list of kernels. This kernel is based on the PyCharm project interpreter.

Jupyter notebook toolbar; Managed server is connected

Stop the Jupyter server

To stop any running server, switch to the Jupyter Server tool window and click the the Stop button icon or select the corresponding command in the Jupyter Quick List. Preview the status in the Server Log window.

Stopping the server

Once you have shut down the server, the current session is terminated. When you start the server next time using the Run server icon icon or the Jupyter Quick List, execution results for all previous sessions and all notebooks will be lost.

Restart the kernel

You might want to refresh your calculations without shutting down the entire server and affecting any other notebooks. To restart the currently running kernel, click Kernels on the Jupyter notebook toolbar, select the Restart Kernel command from the menu, and preview the status in the Server Log window

Restarting the current kernel

You can execute your notebook code cells on a specific Jupyter servers.

Configure the Jupyter server

When you launch any managed server, by default it uses the current project interpreter and the automatically selected port. However, you can select any other interpreter available in your PyCharm instance and specify an alternative port. You can also connect to any configured server if you know its URL and token.

  1. To open the server settings, click the Jupyter Server widget and select Configure Jupyter Server.

    Configure a Jupyter server

  2. Configure the server options:

    • To customize the default Jupyter server, in the Jupyter Server dialog, select Managed Server and from the Python interpreter list select any local Python interpreter.

      Select an interpreter for the managed server

    • To change the automatically detected port, type its number in the Port field.

      Specifying the port number for the managed server

    • To connect to any running Jupyter server, in the Jupyter Server dialog, select Configured Server and specify server's path including an URL and a token.

      Configure a Jupyter server. Settings dialog

  3. Once done with configuring, click Apply and OK. Then to explicitly switch to the configured server, click the Jupyter Server widget and select Switch to current Jupyter Server.

    Switch to the current Jupyter Server
  4. Execute any code cell to run the managed server or to connect to the running configured server.

  5. If you see the following warning, the kernel of the newly configured server doesn't match your current project interpreter. For example, it might have a different set of the installed packages.

    Warning requesting to register interpreter as a kernel

    You can register your project interpreter as a kernel on the configured server by clicking the corresponding link. After that you can see it in the list of the kernels for the configured server.

    Two kernels are registered for the configured server
Last modified: 24 August 2019