I use emacs for most python programming, but really miss the inline plot feature combined with printed output in Spyder. See picture.

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I've been experimenting with various interpreter settings but none seem to work:

(use-package python
  ;; (setq python-shell-interpreter "ipython"
       ;; python-shell-interpreter-args "-i --simple-prompt")
  (setq python-shell-interpreter "jupyter"
        python-shell-interpreter-args "console --simple-prompt"))

Is there a way to setup this functionality in Emacs?

2 Answers 2


You may wanna checkout ein. Also, spacemacs has a ipython-notebook layer setup based on that; perhaps you can use that as a reference for your own config.


Yes, use emacs-jupyter.

Try installing with M-x package-install jupyter (it's in Melpa) or follow the instructions on the Github.

Then configure it to put output (such as plots) into the REPL buffer with (setq jupyter-repl-echo-eval-p t). Without this, output from plots will go into a separate pop-up buffer.

Then call a Jupyter shell as M-x jupyter-run-repl (instead of the usual M-x run-python).

You should be able to verify that it is working quickly (inside the shell you opened). A tip, when you are plotting: you want to say (in your python code) fig.set_facecolor('w') to make things more readable.

from matplotlib import pyplot as plt

fig = plt.figure(figsize=(10,10))

plt.scatter([1,2,3], [4,5,3])
  • Wow thanks, this is amazing Nov 27, 2020 at 1:37

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