Development Workflow

This section describes the steps necessary to build Elyra in a development environment.

Setting up your development environment

  • Install Miniconda Download and install a Python 3 version of Miniconda according to your Operating System

  • Create a new Python environment

    conda create -n <env-name> python

    The python version of your environment will match the miniconda version you installed. You can override the default by explicitly setting python=3.7, for example.

  • Activate the new environment

    conda activate <env-name>
  • Verify your miniconda environment

    python --version
    which python # Displays current python path
    pip --version
    which pip

    Python path must be under miniconda envs folder. Confirm pip location matches where miniconda is installed.

  • Install NodeJS

    conda install -y -c conda-forge/label/main nodejs

Setting up your Elyra Github repository


Elyra is divided in two parts, a collection of Jupyter Notebook backend extensions, and their respective JupyterLab UI extensions. Our JupyterLab extensions are located in our packages directory.

Build & Installation

Elyra uses make to automate some of the development workflow tasks.

Issuing a make command with no task specified will provide a list of the currently supported tasks.

$ make

build-server                   Build backend
build-ui                       Build packages
clean                          Make a clean source tree and uninstall extensions
docker-image                   Build docker image
docs                           Build docs
install-server                 Install backend
install                        Build and install
lint                           Run linters
release                        Build wheel file for release
test-server                    Run unit tests
test-ui                        Run frontend tests
test                           Run all tests
validate-runtime-images        Validates delivered runtime-images meet minimum criteria
watch                          Watch packages. For use alongside jupyter lab --watch

You can build and install all Elyra packages with:

make clean install

You can check that the notebook server extension was successful installed with:

jupyter serverextension list

You can check that the JupyterLab extension was successful installed with:

jupyter labextension list
NOTE: When switching between Elyra major versions, it is recommended to clean your JupyterLab environment before a build. The clean-jupyterlab removes your JupyterLab packages and completely deletes your Jupyter workspace. Make sure to backup any important data in your environment before running the script. To clean your environment and install the latest JupyterLab: etc/scripts/ To specify a JupyterLab version to be installed: etc/scripts/ --version 2.2.9

Incremental Development

Elyra supports incremental development using --watch. This allows you to make code changes to front-end packages and see them without running make install again.

After installation run the following to watch for code changes and rebuild automatically:

make watch

Then in a separate terminal, using the same Python environment, start JupyterLab in watch mode:

jupyter lab --watch

When in watch mode JupyterLab will watch for changes in the build of each package and rebuild. To see your changes just refresh JupyterLab in your browser.

NOTE: JupyterLab watch mode will not pick up changes in package dependencies like services. So when making changes to services you will need to stop and restart jupyter lab --watch and not just refresh your browser.

Building the Elyra Container Image

Elyra’s container image can be built using:

make container-image

Official container images are published on Docker Hub and