Pandas and Polar DataFrames as interactive DataTables

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pip install itables==2.1.1


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This packages changes how Pandas and Polars DataFrames are rendered in Jupyter Notebooks. With itables you can display your tables as interactive DataTables that you can sort, paginate, scroll or filter.

ITables is just about how tables are displayed. You can turn it on and off in just two lines, with no other impact on your data workflow.

The itables package only depends on numpy, pandas and IPython which you must already have if you work with Pandas in Jupyter (add polars, pyarrow if you work with Polars DataFrames).


Browse the documentation to see examples of Pandas or Polars DataFrames rendered as interactive DataTables.

Quick start

Install the itables package with either

pip install itables


conda install itables -c conda-forge

Activate the interactive mode for all series and dataframes with

from itables import init_notebook_mode


and then render any DataFrame as an interactive table that you can sort, search and explore: df

If you prefer to render only selected DataFrames as interactive tables, use to show just one Series or DataFrame as an interactive table: show

Since itables==1.0.0, the jQuery and DataTables libraries and CSS are injected in the notebook when you execute init_notebook_mode with its default argument connected=False. Thanks to this the interactive tables will work even without a connection to the internet.

If you prefer to load the libraries dynamically (and keep the notebook lighter), use connected=True when you execute init_notebook_mode.

Supported environments

ITables works in all the usual Jupyter Notebook environments, including Jupyter Notebook, Jupyter Lab, Jupyter nbconvert (i.e. the tables are still interactive in the HTML export of a notebook), Jupyter Book, Google Colab and Kaggle.

You can also use ITables in Quarto HTML documents, and in RISE presentations.

ITables works well in VS Code, both in Jupyter Notebooks and in interactive Python sessions.

Last but not least, ITables is also available in Streamlit or Shiny applications.