The Hard Way#

This is an advanced section and you should consider the other guides first before resorting to the Hard Way.

Content, The Hard Way#


  • you have a running JupyterLab 3

  • you want to add all of the files in the root folder of the current JupyterLab to your JupyterLite.

Open a browser:

  • view the Contents API, e.g. http://localhost:8888/api/contents, which should look like the following:

  "name": "",
  "path": "",
  "last_modified": "2021-05-15T20:16:17.753908Z",
  "created": "2021-05-15T20:16:17.753908Z",
  "format": "json",
  "mimetype": null,
  "size": null,
  "writable": true,
  "type": "directory",
  "content": [
      "name": "",
      "path": "",
      "last_modified": "2021-05-15T20:12:22.261076Z",
      "created": "2021-05-15T20:12:22.261076Z",
      "content": null,
      "format": null,
      "mimetype": "text/markdown",
      "size": 3735,
      "writable": true,
      "type": "file"
  • Paste this JSON in $YOUR_JUPYTERLITE/api/contents/all.json

  • Copy your files in $YOUR_JUPYTERLITE/files

  • Repeat this for every subfolder :(

Now, when the app reloads, these files will appear in the File Browser if there isn’t an existing file of that name in browser storage. If a user has created such a file, and is deleted, the original server-backed file will become visible.

Extensions, The Hard Way#


This is a very manual process, and other the methods in the other guides are recommended for production uses.

Get the extension assets#

Assuming you have a working JupyterLab 3 installation, look in your {sys.prefix}/share/jupyter/labextensions. Each folder contains either:

  • if it begins with @, a collection of packages

  • otherwise, a single pre-built extension

mkdir -p extensions
cd extensions
cp -r $PREFIX/share/jupyter/labextensions/@jupyter-widgets/jupyterlab-manager .


Some extensions will require other extensions to be available. This can be determined by looking in package.json for the extension, specifically #/jupyterlab/sharedPackages. If that’s the case, you will also need to copy the required extensions to the JupyterLite directory.

Handle theme assets#

The Theme Manager expects to be able to load theme CSS / font assets from {:app}/build/themes/({:org}/){:package}, where app is usually lab.

Continuing the example above:

cd $YOUR_JUPYTERLITE/extensions
mkdir -p ../build/themes
cp -r @*/*/themes/* ../build/themes/
cp -r @*/themes/* ../build/themes/

Fill Out federated_extensions#

Again, assuming you have a working JupyterLab, click Inspect Element in your Lab and inspect the <script id="jupyter-config-data"> in the <head>. The entry you need will be contained there.

Update your /app/jupyter-lite.json like so:

  "federated_extensions": [
      "extension": "./extension",
      "load": "static/remoteEntry.ca1efc27dc965162ca86.js",
      "name": "@jupyter-widgets/jupyterlab-manager"


Some extensions also include a style key, and may look off if omitted.