This extension adds a toolbar button to call jupyter nbconvert for the current the notebook and optionally display the converted file in a new browser tab.

printview toolbar button

Supported ouput types to display in a tab are html and pdf.


  • printview_nbconvert_options: Options to pass to nbconvert. Default: --to html To convert to PDF you can use --to pdf. Using --to pdf --template printviewlatex.tplx as the parameter, using a custom template generates a nice looking PDF document. Note: Converting to PDF requires a Latex installation running on the notebook server.
  • printview_open_tab: After conversion, open a new tab. Only available when converting to html or pdf output format. Default true.


If you use matplotlib plots and want to generate a PDF document, it is useful to have the IPython backend generate high quality pdf versions of plots using this code snippet:

ip = get_ipython()
ibe = ip.configurables[-1]
ibe.figure_formats = { 'pdf', 'png'}


The configuration is stored in the Jupyter configuration path nbconfig/notebook.js using two keys: printview_nbconvert_options and printview_open_tab.

You can check the current configuration using the jupyter_nbextensions_configurator server extension, or with this code snippet:

import os
from jupyter_core.paths import jupyter_config_dir, jupyter_data_dir
from traitlets.config.loader import Config, JSONFileConfigLoader

json_config = os.path.join(jupyter_config_dir(), 'nbconfig/notebook.json')
if os.path.isfile(json_config) is True:
    cl = JSONFileConfigLoader(json_config)
    config = cl.load_config()
    for k in config:
        if k.startswith('printview'):
            print("%s: %s" % (k, config[k]))