JupyterLab - Vega 2 and Vega-Lite 1 Mime Renderer Extension


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A JupyterLab extension for rendering Vega 2 and Vega-lite 1.

Vega 2 is deprecated. The latest version comes by default with JupyterLab. Only use this extension if you have specifications that do not work with the latest version.


  • JupyterLab >= 3.0


pip install jupyterlab-vega2


To render Vega 2 or Vega-lite 1 output in IPython:

from IPython.display import display

    "application/vnd.vegalite.v1+json": {
        "$schema": "https://vega.github.io/schema/vega-lite/v1.json",
        "description": "A simple bar chart with embedded data.",
        "data": {
            "values": [
                {"a": "A", "b": 28}, {"a": "B", "b": 55}, {"a": "C", "b": 43},
                {"a": "D", "b": 91}, {"a": "E", "b": 81}, {"a": "F", "b": 53},
                {"a": "G", "b": 19}, {"a": "H", "b": 87}, {"a": "I", "b": 52}
        "mark": "bar",
        "encoding": {
            "x": {"field": "a", "type": "ordinal"},
            "y": {"field": "b", "type": "quantitative"}
}, raw=True)

To render a .vg, .vl, .vg.json, .vl.json file, simply open it.


Development install

Note: You will need NodeJS to build the extension package.

The jlpm command is JupyterLab's pinned version of yarn that is installed with JupyterLab. You may use yarn or npm in lieu of jlpm below.

# Clone the repo to your local environment
# Change directory to the jupyterlab-vega2 directory
# Install package in development mode
pip install -e .
# Link your development version of the extension with JupyterLab
jupyter labextension develop . --overwrite
# Rebuild extension Typescript source after making changes
jlpm run build

You can watch the source directory and run JupyterLab at the same time in different terminals to watch for changes in the extension's source and automatically rebuild the extension.

# Watch the source directory in one terminal, automatically rebuilding when needed
jlpm run watch
# Run JupyterLab in another terminal
jupyter lab

With the watch command running, every saved change will immediately be built locally and available in your running JupyterLab. Refresh JupyterLab to load the change in your browser (you may need to wait several seconds for the extension to be rebuilt).

By default, the jlpm run build command generates the source maps for this extension to make it easier to debug using the browser dev tools. To also generate source maps for the JupyterLab core extensions, you can run the following command:

jupyter lab build --minimize=False


pip uninstall jupyterlab-vega2

If you find any bugs or have a feature request, please open an issue on github!

The npm package download data comes from npm's download counts api and package details come from npms.io.