How to Use Legacy Jupyterbook

Hongtao Hao / 2020-07-25

About Jupyterbook #

Jupyterbook totally changed the way a book is built in April 2020. The final legacy version is v0.6.5 . You can compare the legacy demo with the newest version demo .

You can install the legacy version here .

Using Jupyterbook #

In this article, I’ll briefly talk about how to use this legacy version of jupyterbook together with GitHub and Netlify.

First off, you should install the legacy version using pip install jupyter-book==0.6.5 as mentioned above. Then, I will show you how to start a book named “legacy-jupyterbook” on Desktop. I am assuming that you are using a Mac. All the following codes should run in Terminal.

cd Desktop # or any other directory you want to place your project
jupyter-book create legacy-jupyterbook # You'll see the file created on Desktop
echo "2.6.2" > .ruby-version # To put a .ruby-version file in there

The echo "2.6.2" > .ruby-version solution come from here .

Then, go to GitHub, and create a repository without checking “Initialize this repository with a README”. Take a look at this HTTPS address:

HTTPS of the GitHub Repo

Then, go back to your Terminal:

cd legacy-jupyterbook
git init
cd .. # To go back to the Desktop directory because the following line only functions in a level higher than the current one
jupyter-book build legacy-jupyterbook
cd - # To go back to legacy-jupyterbook
git add .
git commit -m “uploading initial files.”
git remote add origin # Replace it with yours
git push -u origin master

Then, you’ll see some security alerts:

Alert info-01

Alert info-02

Solve them this way:

rm -rf Gemfile.lock
make install 
git add .
git commit -m "changing Gemfile.lock."
git push origin master 

The above solution come from here .

Then go to Netlify and connect to the GitHub repo. When we deploy the Jupyterbook project with Nellify, it will automatically know that this is a Jekyll theme and you don’t need to change anything. I am not detailing what you can do with Netlify here. Please look for information about it by yourself if you are not familiar with it already.

If you want to make changes later, first please cd path/to/YourProject and then use the following script:

rm -rf _build #If you are familiar with Jekyll, you'll know what _build mean here.
cd ..
jupyter-book build YourProject
cd YourProject
git add .
msg="rebuilding site $(date)" 
git commit -m "$msg" 
git push origin master

You can store this file as, save it to the root directory of YourProject. Every time after you’ve make all the changes you want, at the root directory of YourProject, simply run bash and GitHub and Netlify will deploy by themselves.

Example #

Finally, you can view the final product of the example I provided above here . And here is its GitHub repository.

Changing content #

I am not detailing how to customize the content here. You simply need to change it in the content folder at the root directory, and then make corresponding changes to toc.yml under the _data folder. You can find more information in the official guide

Last modified on 2021-10-05