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This doc contains example tutorials how to use Python tooling included in Python workspace.

To start, open Quickstart page for quick access to VS-code and terminal.

IPython and Notebooks

IPython provides a rich toolkit to help you make the most of using Python interactively. One of its main components is a powerful interactive Python shell. IPython is very handy. For example, starting with IPython 7.0, and when using Python 3.6 and above, IPython offer the ability to run asynchronous code from the REPL.

To start IPython kernel, open workspace terminal ad execute ipython. Below is an example of installing packages and evaluation of async code in IPython shell - something you cannot do in a standard python shell:


NOTE: in order not to increase the Workspace size, by default Python Workspace can only render notebooks. Workspace does not have installed all the requirements to run notebooks. This is can be done easily. As soon as you try to run a cell in the note, you will see a pop-out winndow suggesting to install missing dependencies. You just need to accept.

Demo: Install dependencies for notebooks


Python environments


The venv virtualenv is a very popular tool that creates isolated Python environments for Python libraries. This module provides support for creating lightweight “virtual environments” with their own site directories, optionally isolated from system site directories. Each virtual environment has its own Python binary (which matches the version of the binary that was used to create this environment) and can have its own independent set of installed Python packages in its site directories.

Create virtual environment called env-1

python3 -m venv env-1

Activate environnment

source env-1/bin/activate


Create our project

poetry new poetry-demo
cd poetry-demo

Specify dependencies in pyproject.toml.

By default, poetry creates a virtual environmen. There are several ways to run commands within this virtual environment. To run your script simply use poetry run

poetry run python

The easiest way to activate the virtual environment is to create a new shell with poetry shell

poetry shell 

Python tooling


Python-report is a small utility that tryies to generate various reports and artefacts from your python project, such as linting report; run tests and make HTML report; make auto-documentation and profiling visualizations. Unit test statistics will be visualised with the browser-based dashboard.

cd /home/examples/simple-script && python-report

The resulting report will be produced to the folder /home/static-server/<NAME-OF-PYTHON-PROJECT-FOLDER>/<TIMESTAMP>.

Demo: Python report


(In addition, all pytests statistics will be collected, and available in foldder /home/static-server/<NAME-OF-PYTHON-PROJECT-FOLDER>).

Python-report is a simple bash script /home/abc/utils/ You can also use separately any of the toos.


Pytest-html-reporter generates a beautiful static html report based on pytest framework. These reports result in dashboard website, that shows all historical tests and statistics.


To execute tests, and generate report with Pytest-html-reporter, cd to the python project tests folder, and execute pytest ./ --html-report=./pytest-report. The results will be produced to the sub-folder ./pytest-report.

For instance, execute tests and generate report for the example python project execute

cd /home/examples/simple-script && pytest ./ --html-report=/home/static-server/my-pytest-report 

the output will be in folder /home/static-server/my-pytest-report that is served with a Static-file server

Demo: Pytest-html-reporter



Auto-generate API documentation for Python projects. Let's generate autodocumentation website for the example python project, with output into `` where it can be viewed with Static-file server

cd /home/examples/simple-script && pdoc --html --output-dir /home/static-server/pdoc-html ./  
Demo: Pdoc3



Vprof is a Python package providing rich and interactive visualizations for various Python program characteristics such as running time and memory usage.

Vprof is a browser-based profiling tool. Here is an example of profiling scripts from the example python project:

cd /home/examples/simple-script && vprof -H -p 8031 -c cpmh    
cd /home/examples/simple-script && vprof -H -p 8031 -c cpmh 
Demo: Vprof



SnakeViz is a browser based graphical viewer for the output of Python’s cProfile module. Let's profile and visualize one of python modules in the example project:

cd /home/examples/simple-script && python -m cProfile -o    
snakeviz -s -p 8030 -H 

You will see thae link appeared in the terminal, open it in browser

Demo: SnakeViz



Flameprof is a Flamegraph generator for python's cProfile stats.

Let's profile and visualize one of python modules in the example project:

cd /home/examples/simple-script && python -m cProfile -o   
flameprof > script.svg 
Demo: Flameprof



Pyinstrument is a Python profiler. A profiler is a tool to help you 'optimize' your code - make it faster. It sounds obvious, but to get the biggest speed increase you must focus on the slowest part of your program. Pyinstrument helps you find it!

Profile and visualize one of python modules in the example project:

mkdir -p /home/static-server/profiling/basic-python-script    
pyinstrument -t -r html -o /home/static-server/profiling/basic-python-script/p2 
Demo: Pyinstrument



cProfile is recommended for most users; it's a C extension with reasonable overhead that makes it suitable for profiling long-running programs. Profile and visualize one of python modules in the example project:

cd /home/examples/simple-script && python -m cProfile >> /home/static-server/cprof.tx 


A pylint JSON report file to HTML: pylint is used to generate a JSON report, and this tool will transform this report into an HTML document:

pylint | pylint-json2html -f jsonextended -o script.html 
Demo: Pylint-json2html demo



Git hook scripts are useful for identifying simple issues before submission to code review. We run our hooks on every commit to automatically point out issues in code such as missing semicolons, trailing whitespace, and debug statements. By pointing these issues out before code review, this allows a code reviewer to focus on the architecture of a change while not wasting time with trivial style nitpicks.

The example python project has a pre-commit configuration file:

cd /home/examples/simple-script && pre-commit install  
pre-commit run --all-files 

Schedule python jobs

Workspace inncludes Cronicle - a powerful scheduling tool, that has a browser-based UI with dashboards, allows to configure resource limits for jobs and much more!

Python Workspace includes an example script that fetches today's exchange rates:

cd /home/examples/exchange_rates   

The script will fetch today's exchange rates from and output result to the folder /home/static-server/exchange-rates_<DATE>.json. This folder is served by the Static-file server

Demo: Fetch exchange rates


Fetching echange rates - is a typical problems for nearly every business, that is working on the international market. You can schedule execution of this script to fetch exchange rates daily

Demo: Schedule exchange rates


NOTE: Scheduling jobs is especially useful when the Workspace is running on a cloud server. Read here how to launch workspace in cloud.