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An emerging widget for exploring RESTful APIs in Jupyter notebooks.

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Ipyrest is an emerging Jupyter notebook widget for exploring RESTful APIs. It has two main goals: provide a more convenient interface in the spirit of Postman, and allow for plug-in components, starting with output renderers for various MIME types, e.g. GeoJSON:



Ipyrest deals with the following concepts, implemented to varying degrees: HTTP Server, Service, Request, Response, Data, MIME-Types, Compression, Logging, Caching, Time-Outs, Errors, Views, Plugins, Testing, and UI.

At the moment the following plugins are available for rendering output from HTTP responses in common formats: Plain Text, CSV, HTML, Bitmaps, SVG, JSON, GeoJSON, GPX, Protobuf, (and some experimental 3D stuff).

The main dependencies are: Python >= 3.6, jupyter, ipywidgets, timeout_decorator, requests, and vcr. Plugin dependencies are: ipyleaflet, ipyvolume, geojson, qgrid, protobuf. Testing dependencies are flask, mypy, and pytest.


Released versions of Ipyrest can be installed from PyPI with:

pip install ipyrest

Development versions of Ipyrest can be installed either directly from GitHub or after downloading/cloning and unpacking like this in its top-level directory:

pip install git+

pip install -e .


Run pip install -r requirements_test.txt and PYTHONPATH=. pytest -s -v tests in the root directory. Some tests will automatically start a local flask webserver in tests/ which implements a set of sample API endpoints for local testing. And some of these tests need keys/tokens defined as environment variables for the respective APIs being tested. If not present these tests will be skipped.


The docs folder is only a stub for now. At the moment it is recommended to look at examples/meetup.ipynb, mostly a tutorial-like collection of examples given as a presentation at a meetup. Some of these need appropriate API keys.

How to Contribute

More to come...


0.1.0 (2018-11-24) ..................

  • First release on PyPI.

0.1.1 (2018-11-25) ..................

  • Minor test refactoring.
  • Minor code/text/formating changes.
  • Minor packaging cleanup.

0.1.2 (2018-11-26) ..................

  • Finally rendering on PyPI(?).
  • Enable classic notebook extension for qgrid.

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