Jupyter lab code folding

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Problem :

I am using ipython Jupyter notebook. Let’s say I defined a function that occupies a lot of space on my screen. Is there a way to collapse the cell?

I want the function to remain executed and callable, yet I want to hide / collapse the cell in order to better visualize the notebook. How can I do this?

Tags : python,ipython,ipython-notebook,jupyter


The newer jupyter-lab is a more modern and feature-rich interface which supports cell folding by default. See @intsco’s answer below


Since jupyter-lab now also supports extensions, you can extend the built-in cell-folding functionality with the Collapsible_Headings extension.

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Original answer:

The jupyter contrib nbextensions Python package contains a code-folding extension that can be enabled within the notebook. Follow the link (Github) for documentation.

To install using command line:

pip install jupyter_contrib_nbextensions jupyter contrib nbextension install -user

To make life easier in managing them, I’d also recommend the jupyter nbextensions configurator package. This provides an extra tab in your Notebook interface from where you can easily (de)activate all installed extensions.


pip install jupyter_nbextensions_configurator jupyter nbextensions_configurator enable -user

JupyterLab supports cell collapsing. Clicking on the blue cell bar on the left will fold the cell. enter image description here

You can create a cell and put the following code in it:

%%html <style> div.input { display:none; } </style>

Running this cell will hide all input cells. To show them back, you can use the menu to clear all outputs.

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Otherwise you can try notebook extensions like below:


I had a similar issue and the “nbextensions” pointed out by @Energya worked very well and effortlessly. The install instructions are straight forward (I tried with anaconda on Windows) for the notebook extensions and for their configurator.

That said, I would like to add that the following extensions should be of interest.

  • Hide Input | This extension allows hiding of an individual codecell in a notebook. This can be achieved by clicking on the toolbar button: Hide Input

  • Collapsible Headings | Allows notebook to have collapsible sections, separated by headings Collapsible Headings

  • Codefolding | This has been mentioned but I add it for completeness Codefolding

There are many answers to this question, all of which I feel are not satisfactory (some more than others), of the many extensions – code folding, folding by headings etc etc. None do what I want in simple and effective way. I am literally amazed that a solution has not been implemented (as it has for Jupyter Lab).

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In fact, I was so dissatisfied that I have developed a very simple notebook extension that can expand/collapse the code in a notebook cell, while keeping it executable.

The GitHub repository: https://github.com/BenedictWilkinsAI/cellfolding

Below is a small demo of what the extension does:

Simply double clicking left of the code cell will collapse it to a single line:

Double clicking again will expand the cell.

The extension can be installed easily with pip:

pip install nbextension-cellfolding jupyter nbextension install -py cellfolding -user jupyter nbextension enable -py cellfolding -user

and is also compatible with nbextension configurator. I hope that people will find this useful!

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