A Beginner's Guide to Jupyter Notebooks: Installation, Setup, and Basic Use Cases

Embark on your Jupyter Notebook journey with this beginner’s guide

Jupyter notebooks are a popular tool for data scientists and developers to create and share interactive code and visualizations. They allow you to write and execute code in a web-based environment, making it easy to explore data, experiment with algorithms, and collaborate with others. You can use Jupyter notebooks for free at Saturn Cloud.

In this beginner’s guide, we’ll walk you through the installation and setup process for Jupyter notebooks, as well as some basic use cases to get you started.


Jupyter notebooks can be installed on Windows, Mac, or Linux operating systems. The easiest way to install Jupyter is through the Anaconda distribution, which includes Jupyter as well as other popular data science tools like Pandas and NumPy.

To install Anaconda, go to the Anaconda website and download the appropriate version for your operating system. Once the download is complete, follow the installation instructions to complete the setup.


Once you have Anaconda installed, you can launch Jupyter notebooks from the Anaconda Navigator or by typing “jupyter notebook” into your terminal/command prompt. This will open a web-based interface in your default browser.

From here, you can create a new notebook by clicking on the “New” button in the top right corner and selecting “Python 3” (or any other programming language you want to use). This will open a new notebook with an empty code cell.

Basic Use Cases

Now that you have Jupyter notebooks installed and set up, let’s explore some basic use cases.

  1. Data Exploration

Jupyter notebooks are great for exploring data, as they allow you to import and manipulate datasets in a variety of formats. For example, you can use the Pandas library to read in a CSV file and perform basic data cleaning and analysis.

To import a CSV file into a Jupyter notebook, you can use the following code:

import pandas as pd
df = pd.read_csv('filename.csv')

This will create a Pandas DataFrame object that you can then manipulate using various methods and functions.

  1. Machine Learning

Jupyter notebooks are also useful for experimenting with machine learning algorithms. You can use libraries like Scikit-learn to train and test models on your data.

For example, you can use the following code to split your data into training and testing sets and train a linear regression model:

from sklearn.model_selection import train_test_split
from sklearn.linear_model import LinearRegression

X_train, X_test, y_train, y_test = train_test_split(X, y, test_size=0.2, random_state=42)

model = LinearRegression()
model.fit(X_train, y_train)
  1. Visualization

Jupyter notebooks make it easy to create interactive visualizations using libraries like Matplotlib and Seaborn. You can create line charts, scatter plots, heatmaps, and more.

For example, you can use the following code to create a scatter plot of two variables:

import matplotlib.pyplot as plt

plt.scatter(df['variable1'], df['variable2'])
plt.xlabel('Variable 1')
plt.ylabel('Variable 2')

Jupyter notebooks are a powerful tool for data exploration, machine learning, and visualization. With this beginner’s guide, you should have a good understanding of how to install and set up Jupyter notebooks, as well as some basic use cases to get you started. Happy coding!