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Create rich adata annotations in jupyter notebooks.

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Create rich adata annotations in jupyter notebooks.

ipyannotations provides interactive UI elements, based on ipywidgets, to allow developers and scientists to label data right in the notebook.

ipyannotations supports many common data labelling tasks, such as image and text classification and annotation. It also supports custom data presentation by leveraging the Jupyter ecosystem.



You can install using pip:

pip install ipyannotations

If you are using Jupyter Notebook 5.2 or earlier, you may also need to enable the nbextension:

jupyter nbextension enable --py [--sys-prefix|--user|--system] ipyannotations

Development Installation

Create a dev environment:

conda create -n ipyannotations-dev -c conda-forge nodejs yarn python jupyterlab
conda activate ipyannotations-dev

Install the python. This will also build the TS package.

pip install -e ".[test, examples]"

When developing your extensions, you need to manually enable your extensions with the notebook / lab frontend. For lab, this is done by the command:

jupyter labextension develop --overwrite .
yarn run build

For classic notebook, you need to run:

jupyter nbextension install --sys-prefix --symlink --overwrite --py ipyannotations
jupyter nbextension enable --sys-prefix --py ipyannotations

Note that the --symlink flag doesn't work on Windows, so you will here have to run the install command every time that you rebuild your extension. For certain installations you might also need another flag instead of --sys-prefix, but we won't cover the meaning of those flags here.

How to see your changes


If you use JupyterLab to develop then you can watch the source directory and run JupyterLab at the same time in different terminals to watch for changes in the extension's source and automatically rebuild the widget.

# Watch the source directory in one terminal, automatically rebuilding when needed
yarn run watch
# Run JupyterLab in another terminal
jupyter lab

After a change wait for the build to finish and then refresh your browser and the changes should take effect.


If you make a change to the python code then you will need to restart the notebook kernel to have it take effect.

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