How to Change the Default Browser Used by Jupyter Notebook in Windows
In this blog post, we’ll cover the steps to change the default browser used by Jupyter Notebook in Windows. This guide is geared towards data scientists and developers who use Jupyter Notebook for their data analysis and visualization projects.
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Why Change the Default Browser?
Jupyter Notebook typically opens in your default system browser, which, on a Windows machine, is usually Microsoft Edge or Internet Explorer. However, you might want to use a different browser for several reasons:
- Performance: Some browsers might perform better when running Jupyter Notebooks, especially when dealing with large datasets or complex visualizations.
- Extensions and Add-ons: You might have specific browser extensions or add-ons installed that enhance your productivity and workflow.
- Personal Preference: You might simply prefer the look and feel of a different browser or find it more comfortable to work with.
With these considerations in mind, let’s dive into the step-by-step guide on changing the default browser used by Jupyter Notebook in Windows.
Step by Step Guide to Change the Default Browser
Follow these steps to change the default browser for Jupyter Notebook in Windows:
Step 1: Locate the Jupyter Configuration File
Jupyter Notebook stores its configuration settings in a file called
jupyter_notebook_config.py. First, you need to locate this file. It is typically found in the
.jupyter folder within your user directory. The path should look like this:
If the file does not exist, you can create one by running the following command in the Command Prompt or PowerShell:
jupyter notebook --generate-config
This command will create the
jupyter_notebook_config.py file in the
Step 2: Edit the Jupyter Configuration File
jupyter_notebook_config.py file in your favorite text editor. You’ll find many lines of configuration settings commented out with a
# symbol at the beginning of the line.
Search for the line containing the following setting:
#c.NotebookApp.browser = ''
This line sets the default browser for Jupyter Notebook. Uncomment the line by removing the
# symbol at the beginning of the line.
Step 3: Specify the Browser Executable Path
Now you need to provide the path to the browser executable you want to use as the default browser. For instance, if you want to use Google Chrome, you can find its executable at the following location:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe
c.NotebookApp.browser setting in the
jupyter_notebook_config.py file with the path to the browser executable, enclosed in single or double quotes. Make sure to use double backslashes (
\\) to escape the backslashes in the path. For example:
c.NotebookApp.browser = 'C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Google\\Chrome\\Application\\chrome.exe %s'
Save the changes and close the text editor.
Step 4: Test the New Default Browser
To test the new default browser setting, open the Command Prompt or PowerShell and run the following command:
Jupyter Notebook should now open in the browser specified in the
In this blog post, we’ve discussed the reasons you might want to change the default browser used by Jupyter Notebook in Windows. We’ve also provided a step-by-step guide to help you achieve this, from locating the Jupyter configuration file to specifying the browser executable path.
By customizing the default browser for Jupyter Notebook, you can enhance your productivity, improve performance, and enjoy a more comfortable user experience tailored to your preferences. Happy coding!
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