Integrating your objects with IPython

Tab completion

To change the attributes displayed by tab-completing your object, define a __dir__(self) method for it. For more details, see the documentation of the built-in dir() function.

You can also customise key completions for your objects, e.g. pressing tab after obj["a. To do so, define a method _ipython_key_completions_(), which returns a list of objects which are possible keys in a subscript expression obj[key].

New in version 5.0: Custom key completions

Rich display

The notebook and the Qt console can display richer representations of objects. To use this, you can define any of a number of _repr_*_() methods. Note that these are surrounded by single, not double underscores.

Both the notebook and the Qt console can display svg, png and jpeg representations. The notebook can also display html, javascript, and latex. If the methods don’t exist, or return None, it falls back to a standard repr().

For example:

class Shout(object):
    def __init__(self, text):
        self.text = text

    def _repr_html_(self):
        return "<h1>" + self.text + "</h1>"

Custom exception tracebacks

Rarely, you might want to display a custom traceback when reporting an exception. To do this, define the custom traceback using _render_traceback_(self) method which returns a list of strings, one string for each line of the traceback. For example, the ipyparallel a parallel computing framework for IPython, does this to display errors from multiple engines.

Please be conservative in using this feature; by replacing the default traceback you may hide important information from the user.