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Omnisci integration with JupyterLab

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Connect to OmniSci, query their databases, and render the OmniSci-flavored Vega specification, all within JupyterLab.



First, install JupyterLab and pymapd as well the jupyterlab-omnisci Python package:

conda install -c conda-forge pymapd nodejs

pip install jupyterlab-omnisci "tornado<6" "notebook<6"

Then install the jupyterlab-omnisci JupyterLab extension:

jupyter labextension install \
    ibis-vega-transform \
    jupyterlab-server-proxy-saulshanabrook \ # optional, if you want to see icon in JL to launch tracing GUI

# Optionally install `jaeger-all-in-one` binary and add to path to see tracing

Then launch JupyterLab:

jupyter lab

You can also createt dashboards with Phoila:

pip install git+
phoila install ibis-vega-transform
phoila "examples/Charting Example.ipynb"

Executing SQL Queries

You can open an OmiSci SQL editor by going to File > New > OmniSci SQL Editor or clicking the icon on the launcher.

Input your database credentials by clicking on the blue icon on the right:

Then you can input an SQL query and hit the triangle to see the results:

To set a default connection that will be saved and used for new editors, go to Settings > Set Default Omnisci Connection....

Getting started with Ibis

Once you have set a default connection, you can run the Inject Ibis OmniSci Connection command to prefil a cell to connect to it with Ibis.

Creating Visualizations

You can create interactive visualizations using Ibis and Altair, using the ibis-vega-transform package.

Check out the introduction notebook to see how to use OmniSci within your notebooks .

Using session IDs

In some contexts the user may be coming from another context (such as OmniSci Immerse) where they already have an authenticated session to the OmniSci databse. This extension provides a way to pass that session information to JupyterLab so that they may continue with their data analysis uninterrupted. There are some steps required to set this up, however:

1. Enable the session manager server extension.

We must an extension to the JupyterLab server that knows how to find the session information, which can then be passed to the frontend application. Once the package jupyterlab_omnisci is installed, the extension can be enabled by running

jupyter serverextension enable --sys-prefix jupyterlab_omnisci.serverextension

If this works, you should not see any error messages, and you can verify it is enabled by running

jupyter serverextension list

2. Set up the user's environment

The user environment should be prepared for the extension to get the necessary information. This setup could occur during a container launch, or after spawning the Jupyter server process. By default, the extension looks for the protocol, host, and port of the OmniSci server in environment variables. The names of these variables may be configured in the user's

c.OmniSciSessionManager.protocol = 'OMNISCI_PROTOCOL' = 'OMNISCI_HOST'
c.OmniSciSessionManager.port = 'OMNISCI_PORT'

The session ID is more ephemeral. The extension looks for that information in a file on disk. This file should be plain text, and contain the session ID and nothing else. The location of this file must be configured in the file, otherwise it won't know where to find the session:

c.OmniSciSessionManager.session_file = '/path/to/session/file'

3. Directing the user to the session

Once the server extension is enabled, and the user's environment is configured, it should be ready to use. You can direct the user to a workspace that is ready-to-use by sending them to this url (where BASE_URL is the server root):


The omnisci URL parameter launches a few activities with the session ID that should be ready-to-go. The reset URL parameter clears any existing workspace that would try to load, since we are replacing it with our own. If everything has worked, you should see something like the following:


4. Advanced configuration

The OmniSciSessionManager is the default provider of session IDs, but this can be configured and replaced by other implementations. For instance, if you want to get connection data from another location other than environment variables and local files, you can replace it with your own implementation.

To do this, you need to write a new session manager that implements the interface given in this file, and configure the notebook server to use that in the

c.OmniSciConfig.session_manager = "your_new_module.YourImplementation"


  1. Something isn't working right. What should I do? Open an issue! It's likely not your fault, many of these integrations are new and we need your feedback to understand what use cases are important.

Installing from source

To install from source, run the following in a terminal:

git clone

cd jupyterlab-omnisci
conda env create -f binder/environment.yml
conda activate jupyterlab-omnisci

pip install -e . 

jlpm install
jlpm run build

jupyter labextension install @jupyter-widgets/jupyterlab-manager ibis-vega-transform --no-build
jupyter labextension install .
jupyter serverextension enable --sys-prefix jupyterlab_omnisci.serverextension


First create a test environment:

conda create -n tmp -c conda-forge pymapd nodejs setuptools wheel twine
conda activate tmp

Then bump the Python version in and upload a test version:

rm -rf dist/
python sdist bdist_wheel
twine upload --repository-url dist/*

Install the test version in your new environment:

pip install --index-url --extra-index-url jupyterlab_omnisci

Now bump the version for the Javascript package in package.json. The run a build, create a tarball, and install it as a JupyterLab extension:

jlpm run build
jlpm pack --filename out.tgz
jupyter labextension install @jupyter-widgets/jupyterlab-manager ibis-vega-transform --no-build
jupyter labextension install out.tgz

Now open JupyterLab and run through all the notebooks in notebooks to make sure they still render correctly.

Now you can publish the Python package:

twine upload dist/*

And publish the node package:

npm publish out.tgz

And add a git tag for the release and push:

git tag <new version>
git push
git push --tags

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