The traditional IPython (
ipython) consists of a single process that combines a terminal based UI with the process that runs the users code.
While this traditional application still exists, the modern IPython consists of two processes:
IPython currently has 3 frontends:
The Kernel and Frontend communicate over a ZeroMQ/JSON based messaging protocol, which allows multiple Frontends (even of different types) to communicate with a single Kernel. This opens the door for all sorts of interesting things, such as connecting a Console or Qt Console to a Notebook's Kernel. For example, you may want to connect a Qt console to your Notebook's Kernel and use it as a help
?? on objects in the Qt console (whose pager is more flexible than the
one in the notebook).
This Notebook describes how you would connect another Frontend to a Kernel that is associated with a Notebook.
To connect another Frontend to a Kernel manually, you first need to find out the connection information for the Kernel using the
You can see that this magic displays everything you need to connect to this Notebook's Kernel.
You can also start a new Qt Console connected to your current Kernel by using the
%qtconsole magic. This will detect the necessary connection
information and start the Qt Console for you automatically.
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