Installing IPython

There are multiple ways of installing IPython. This page contains simplified installation instructions that should work for most users. Our official documentation contains more detailed instructions for manual installation targeted at advanced users and developers.

If you are looking for installation documentation for the notebook and/or qtconsole, those are now part of Jupyter.

I already have Python

If you already have Python installed and are familiar with installing packages, you can get IPython with pip:

pip install ipython

I am getting started with Python

For new users who want to install a full Python environment for scientific computing and data science, we suggest installing the Anaconda or Canopy Python distributions, which provide Python, IPython and all of its dependences as well as a complete set of open source packages for scientific computing and data science.

  1. Download and install Continuum’s Anaconda or the free edition of Enthought’s Canopy.
  2. Update IPython to the current version using the Terminal:


conda update conda
conda update ipython

Enthought Canopy:

enpkg ipython


You can manually download IPython from GitHub or PyPI. To install one of these versions, unpack it and run the following from the top-level source directory using the Terminal:

pip install .