Interactive Tables in Jupyter

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pip install itables==1.4.6


Interactive Tables

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Turn your Python DataFrames into Interactive Tables

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 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 has been tested in the following editors:

  • Jupyter Notebook
  • Jupyter Lab
  • Jupyter nbconvert (i.e. the tables are still interactive in the HTML export of a notebook)
  • Jupyter Book
  • Google Colab
  • VS Code (for both Jupyter Notebooks and Python scripts)
  • PyCharm (for Jupyter Notebooks)

Try ITables on Binder

You can run our examples notebooks directly on Lab, without having to install anything on your side.

Table not loading?

If the table just says "Loading...", then maybe

  • You loaded a notebook that is not trusted (run "Trust Notebook" in View / Activate Command Palette)
  • You forgot to run init_notebook_mode, or you deleted that cell or its output
  • Or you ran init_notebook_mode(connected=True) but you are not connected to the internet?

Please note that if you change the value of the connected argument in the init_notebook_mode cell, you will need to re-execute all the cells that display interactive tables.

If the above does not help, please check out the ChangeLog and decide whether you should upgrade itables.


When the data in a table is larger than maxBytes, which is equal to 64KB by default, itables will display only a subset of the table - one that fits into maxBytes. If you wish, you can deactivate the limit with maxBytes=0, change the value of maxBytes, or similarly set a limit on the number of rows (maxRows, defaults to 0) or columns (maxColumns, defaults to pd.get_option('display.max_columns')).

Note that datatables support server-side processing. At a later stage we may implement support for larger tables using this feature.

from itables.sample_dfs import get_indicators
from itables.downsample import nbytes
import itables.options as opt

opt.lengthMenu = [2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500]
opt.maxBytes = 10000

df = get_indicators()

To show the table in full, we can modify the value of maxBytes either locally:

show(df, maxBytes=0)

or globally:

opt.maxBytes = 2 ** 20