Using JavaScript in JupyterLab

Using JavaScript in JupyterLab

How to Install and use Javascript in JupyterLab

Chris Achinga
·Aug 20, 2022·

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Table of contents

  • Installing JupyterLabs
  • Installing Javascript Kernel
  • Conclusion
  • Resources

TL;DR This post will take you through installing JupyterLabs and how to add a NodeJS kernel to it in Ubuntu.

Installing JupyterLabs

For a better experience, you should install Jupyter Lab inside a virtual environment.

sudo  apt install python3-venv

After the installation is complete, create a new environment:

python3 -m venv jlab

Note that you can replace the jlab with any name of your choice.

Now activate the environment:

. jlab/bin/activate

Activating a virtual environment

Now install Jupyter Lab in Ubuntu:

pip install jupyterlab

Once the installation is complete, you can start Jupyter lab by running:

jupyter lab

Jupyter Labs runs locally on port 8888: localhost:8888

Installing Javascript Kernel

Inside the activated virtual environment, install the javascript kernel by running:

npm install -g ijavascript

To activate the kernel, run:


Re-start Jupyter lab:

jupyter lab

Javascript in jupyter lab

To test it out, click on the NodeJS logo to start a Javascript lab:

Srunning javascript on jupyter lab


The article demonstrates how to install Jupyter labs in a virtual environment and add a JavaScript kernel.


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