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A Django front end for Mathics.

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This is the Django front-end to Mathics.


  • Extensive online documentation

  • Integrated graphics, via three.js, and MathML mathematics output

  • Notebook-like sessions

Note: in the future we intend to also proved a Jupyter-like interface.


mathicsserver: a Django-based Web interface



This is a Django project so Dango’s script used.

A simple way to start Mathics Django when GNU make is installed (which is the case on most POSIX systems):

make runserver

Underneath this runs the Python program in mathics_django directory.

To get a list of the available commands, type python mathics_django/ help. To get help on a specific command give that command at the end. For example two commands that are useful are the runserver and testserver commands. python mathics_django/ help runserver will show options in running the Django server.

Environment Variables

There are two special environment variables of note which controls where the Mathics database is located. This database is saves authentication and worksheet information.

By default the database used is DATADIR + mathics.sqlite where DATADIR is under AppData/Python/Mathics/ for MS-Windows and ~/.local/var/mathics/ for all others. If you want to specify your own database file set environment variable MATHICS_DJANGO_DB_PATH.

If you just want to set the mathics.sqlite portion, you can use the environment variable MATHICS_DJANGO_DB.

Information for the onine-documentation comes from one of two places, DOC_USER_HTML_DATA_PATH if that exists and DOC_SYSTEM_HTML_DATA_PATH as fallback if that doesn’t exist. The latter is created when the package is built. The former allows for the user or developer to update this information. In the future it will take into account plugins that have been added.


Please feel encouraged to contribute to Mathics! Create your own fork, make the desired changes, commit, and make a pull request.


Mathics-Django is released under the GNU General Public License Version 3 (GPL3).

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