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BeakerX – Successor to Beaker Notebook

BeakerX is an open source collection of kernels and extensions to the Jupyter interactive computing environment with interactive tables, plots, JVM support and more. BeakerX is the successor to Beaker Notebook.

BeakerX has a container distributed by Docker Hub so you can download and run it with just one command.

The software is in a beta stage and under active development.

The kernel is originally derived from lappsgrid, but has been rewritten in Java and refactored and expanded.

Features include:

  • Polyglot Analysis: Supports Groovy, Scala, Clojure, Kotlin, Java, and SQL, including many magics.
  • Magics:
    • Time Magics – timing execution of code with a similar syntax to the standard ones in Python.
    • Manipulating the Java Classpath and Imports.
    • Polyglot Magics – run multiple languages in the same notebook.
    • API to define your own magics.
  • Provides widgets for time-series plotting, tables, forms, and more (there are Python and JavaScript APIs in addition to the JVM languages).
  • One-click publication with interactive plots and tables.
    • APIs for interactive time-series, scatter plots, histograms, heatmaps, and treemaps.
    • Interactive widgets that stay interactive when saved to disk and published to the web.
    • Unique features for handling many points, nanosecond resolution, zooming, and exporting.
  • Interactive Tables that automatically recognize pandas dataframes and allow you to search, sort, drag, filter, format, select, graph, hide, pin, and export to CSV or clipboard. Python API for Table Display.
  • Jupyter Lab support.
  • Prototype implementation of autotranslation that works between Python and JavaScript, and the JVM languages and JavaScript.
  • Customized KernelSpec to allow BeakerX to configure the JVMs that run the kernels.
  • Python API for the runtime (tables, plots, easyform).
  • nbextension webpack (compiled JavaScript, TypeScript, CSS, fonts, images).
  • Put math and HTML into notebooks directly with markdown cells.
  • API for generation and display of multimedia content.
  • Easy to install.

Support: Documentation, FAQ, GitHub Code Repository
Developer: Two Sigma Open Source
License: Apache License 2.0


BeakerX is written in Java. Learn Java with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

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