Ipython in Windows 8: “Hello World”

This post documents the installation of Ipython in Windows 8.
As an example of Don Knuth’s Literate Programming, Ipython is simply great.
One can devise the mathematical equations of a model, code the numerics and run the program against data.The full lifecycle of science, in a single sheet.

1) Install the “Python” runtime. Version 3.x is recommended, from this link.

2) Suppose that the version has been installed in: “C:\Python3.4”. Add this directory as well as “C:\Python3.4\Scripts” to the system path

3) Save this file in the same directory “C:\Python3.4”, and running cmd as administrator, from a shell issue

python ez_setup.py

4) A C compiler is needed to compile extensions. Among various choices this is the simplest:

5 ) Create a vcvars64.bat file in C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 10.0\VC\bin\amd64 that contains :

CALL "C:\Program Files\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\v7.1\Bin\SetEnv.cmd" /x64

6)  Issue as admin

easy_install ipython[all]


pip install markupsafe

Finally, run it

ipython notebook

After that, the page


will open in the browser and  under the heading Files->Upload

unzip this minimal ipython notebook and load it. The first ipython program is up: it can be executed and modified intereactively.

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