Deploying Data 8 locally

If you’d like to demo the Data 8 textbook locally, you can do so without requiring a JupyterHub. To make the interact links connect with a local Jupyter session, follow these steps:

Clone the Data 8 textbook repository to your computer

The Data 8 textbook contains the environment files that specify which packages are needed to run the code in the textbook. We’ll begin by grabbing the latest version of this repository. Run this code:

git clone

This will create a new folder called textbook/.

Download the Anaconda distribution

This will help you manage your environments and download packages needed for the textbook. To do so, go to and pick the distribution that works for your operating system. Download the Python 3.X version.

Create a conda environment using the textbook repository

Next we’ll create the environment needed to run the textbook. Navigate to the textbook/ directory that we created earlier. Then, from the root of this repository, run the following command:

conda env create -f environment.yml

This will create a new conda environment called textbook with all of the packages you need to run the textbook.

Activate the newly-created conda environment

This will modify your “path” so that all of the packages in this environment are now accessible.

conda activate textbook

You can confirm that this worked (on *nix systems) by running these commands and making sure that /envs/textbook is a part of each path:

which pip
which jupyter

Activate nbgitpuller

nbgitpuller is the tool that is used to pull in content to your Jupyter session with “interact” links at the top of each notebook. To activate it, run this command:

jupyter serverextension enable --py nbgitpuller --sys-prefix

Start a Jupyter Notebook server

Next we’ll start a Jupyter Notebook server, which will use nbgitpuller to pull in new content when you click on “interact” links.

jupyter notebook

Make note of the URL on which the notebook server is running. We’ll need this in the next step. It should be something like:


Finally, we’ll modify the textbook links so that they work with your local server. To do so, append ?hub=<your-server-url> to the end of the textbook URLs. For example:

If you’d like to interact with a page, copy the link for that page (it should begin with http://localhost) and remove the section /hub/user-redirect. Now, when you visit this link, it will pull the corresponding page into your local Jupyter session.