How to Install Jupyter Notebook on Ubuntu 16.04

How to Install Jupyter on Ubuntu 16.04

Install Jupyter Ubuntu 16.04We’ll show you how to install Jupyter on Ubuntu 16.04. Jupyter Notebook is an open source and interactive web app that you can use to create documents that contain live code, equations, visualizations, and explanatory text. Jupyter Notebook supports more than 40 programming languages.  Installing Jupyter on Ubuntu 16.04 is quite an easy task and it should not take more than 10 minutes to finish the installation. Let’s get started.

1. Log in to your Ubuntu server and start a new screen session

First of all, log in to your Ubuntu 16.04 VPS via SSH as user root:

ssh [email protected]_address

and start a new screen session

screen -U -S jupyter

2. Install Python and Pip

Make sure your OS package list and the OS packages are up to date by running the following commands:

apt-get update && apt-get upgrade

Install Python, Python Pip, and Python Development:

apt-get -y install python2.7
apt-get -y install python-pip
apt-get -y install python-dev

To verify that you have python installed, run:

python --version

and you should see something like the following:

Python 2.7.12

To check if pip is installed on your server, you can run the following command:

 pip --version

If pip is installed, you should see something like the following:

pip 8.1.1 from /usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages (python 2.7)

The output of this command may be different depending on the version of pip you are using.

3. Install IPython

To install IPython, run the following command:

apt-get -y install ipython ipython-notebook

4. Install Jupyter Notebook on Ubuntu 16.04

To install Jupyter Notebook, run the following command:

pip install jupyter

Jupyter NotebookYou may get the following error when trying to install Jupyter, depending on what version of pip is currently in the Ubuntu apt-get repository

You are using pip version 8.1.1, however version 9.0.1 is available.
You should consider upgrading via the 'pip install --upgrade pip' command.

To upgrade pip to the latest version available, you can run the following command:

pip install --upgrade pip

Once you have the latest version of pip, try to install Jupyter again by running the command:

pip install jupyter

5. Run Jupyter Notebook

You are done! Now you can run the Jupyter Notebook. To actually start (run) it, enter the following command:

jupyter notebook

The Notebook server listens on localhost by default. If you want it to be visible to all machines on your LAN, simply instruct it to listen on all interfaces:

jupyter notebook --ip='*'

If you have JavaScript installed on your server and if you are trying to run Jupyter, it may give you an error that ‘Jupyter Notebook requires JavaScript’, although Jupyter will still successfully run.

Jupyter Notebook requires JavaScript.
Please enable it to proceed.

Press ‘Q’ to ignore this error.

To access the Jupyter Notebook, navigate your web browser to By default, the notebook server starts on port 8888. You may also specify a port manually.

Installing Jupyter on Ubuntu 16.04

Congratulations. You have successfully installed Jupyter Notebook on your Ubuntu 16.04 VPS Running Python. See Running the Notebook for more details.

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11 thoughts on “How to Install Jupyter Notebook on Ubuntu 16.04”

  1. Cannot uninstall ‘ipython’. It is a distutils installed project and thus we cannot accurately determine which files belong to it which would lead to only a partial uninstall.
    This error shows..
    need help..

  2. i had an issue saying this “Error executing Jupyter command ‘notebook’: [Errno 2] No such file or directory”
    please help

  3. after running “pip install jupyter”,follow this:Command “python egg_info” failed with error code 1 in /tmp/pip-install-E5JAMb/tornado/
    how to solve this problem?thank you.

  4. I could not install
    the error is

    Traceback (most recent call last):
    File “/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/”, line 2482, in _dep_map
    return self.__dep_map
    File “/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/”, line 2344, in __getattr__
    raise AttributeError(attr)
    AttributeError: _DistInfoDistribution__dep_map

    During handling of the above exception, another exception occurred:

    Traceback (most recent call last):
    File “/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/pip/”, line 122, in main
    status =, args)
    File “/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/pip/commands/”, line 278, in run
    requirement_set.prepare_files(finder, force_root_egg_info=self.bundle, bundle=self.bundle)
    File “/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/pip/”, line 1266, in prepare_files
    File “/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/”, line 2291, in requires
    dm = self._dep_map
    File “/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/”, line 2484, in _dep_map
    self.__dep_map = self._compute_dependencies()
    File “/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/”, line 2508, in _compute_dependencies
    parsed = next(parse_requirements(distvers))
    File “/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/”, line 2605, in parse_requirements
    line, p, specs = scan_list(VERSION,LINE_END,line,p,(1,2),”version spec”)
    File “/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/”, line 2573, in scan_list
    raise ValueError(“Expected “+item_name+” in”,line,”at”,line[p:])
    ValueError: (‘Expected version spec in’, ‘widgetsnbextension ~=3.4.0’, ‘at’, ‘ ~=3.4.0’)

    • Make sure that Jupyter Notebook is actually running on your server. By default, it should be running on port 8888.

      You can run the following command to check this:

      netstat -tnlp | grep 8888

  5. [email protected]:~$ sudo apt-get -y install ipython ipython-notebook
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    Package ipython-notebook is not available, but is referred to by another package.
    This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or
    is only available from another source

    E: Package ‘ipython-notebook’ has no installation candidate
    and i ignored the above ipython thing and proceeded,but got this error when running jupyter notebook
    [email protected]:~$ jupyter notebook
    Error executing Jupyter command ‘notebook’: [Errno 2] No such file or directory
    [email protected]:~$
    what should i do.


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