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Snakemake-like pipeline manager for reproducible Jupyter Notebooks

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Snakemake-like pipelines for Jupyter Notebooks, producing interactive pipeline reports like this:

Install & general remarks

These are still early days of this software so please bear in mind that it is not ready for production yet. Note: for simplicity I assume that you are using a recent Ubuntu with git installed.

pip install nbpipeline

Graphiz is required for static SVG plots:

sudo apt-get install graphviz libgraphviz-dev graphviz-dev

Development install

To install the latest development version you may use:

git clone
cd nbpipeline
pip install -r requirements.txt
ln -s $(pwd)/nbpipeline/ ~/bin/nbpipeline


Create file with list of rules for your pipeline. For example:

from nbpipeline.rules import NotebookRule

    'Extract protein data',  # a nice name for the step
    input={'protein_data_path': 'data/raw/data_from_wetlab.xlsx'},
    output={'output_path': 'data/clean/protein_levels.csv'},
    group='Proteomics'  # this is optional

    'Quality control and PCA on proteins',
    input={'protein_levels_path': 'data/clean/protein_levels.csv'},
    output={'qc_report_path': 'reports/proteins_failing_qc.csv'},

the keys of the input and output variables should correspond to variables in one of the first cells in the corresponding notebook, which should be tagged as “parameters”. It can be done easily in JupyterLab:

If you forget to add them, a warning will be displayed.

Alternativaly, you can create a dedicated cell for input paths definitions and tag it “inputs” and a separate one for output paths definitions, tagging it “outputs”, which allows to omit input and output keywords when creating a NotebookRule. However, only simple variable definitions will be deduced (parsing uses regular expressions to avoid potential dangers of eval).

For more details, please see the example pipeline and notebooks in the examples directory.

Run the pipeline:


On any consecutive run the notebooks which did not change will not be run again. To disable this cache, use --disable_cache switch.

To generate an interactive diagram of the rules graph, together with reproducibility report add -i switch:

nbpipeline -i

The software defaults to google-chrome for graph visualization display, which can be changed with a CLI option.

If you named your definition files differently (e.g. instead of, use:

nbpipeline --definitions_file

To display all command line options use:

nbpipeline -h


If you see ModuleNotFoundError: No module named 'name_of_your_local_module', you may need to enforce the path, running nbpipeline with:

PYTHONPATH=/path/to/the/parent/of/local/module:$PYTHONPATH nbpipeline

Oftentimes the path is the same as the current directory, so the following command may work:

PYTHONPATH=$(pwd):$PYTHONPATH nbpipeline

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