This documentation is for a development version of IPython. There may be significant differences from the latest stable release.
To change the attributes displayed by tab-completing your object, define a __dir__(self) method for it. For more details, see the documentation of the built-in dir() function.
The notebook and the Qt console can display richer representations of objects. To use this, you can define any of a number of _repr_*_() methods. Note that these are surrounded by single, not double underscores.
class Shout(object): def __init__(self, text): self.text = text def _repr_html_(self): return "<h1>" + self.text + "</h1>"
Rarely, you might want to display a different traceback with an exception - IPython’s own parallel computing framework does this to display errors from the engines. To do this, define a _render_traceback_(self) method which returns a list of strings, each containing one line of the traceback.
Please be conservative in using this feature; by replacing the default traceback you may hide important information from the user.