Nteract is a nice desktop client for jupyter kernels:

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Now that we have the Jupyter Client for Wolfram, I'm wondering how Nteract could be connected to the free Wolfram engine?


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Update 20190705

Given the popularity of this question, it might be good to know why the OP (and possibly many others) didn't get WL running under Jupyter. So I provide the recipe below (all below tested under macOS):

1. Inspect the installed kernels:

By running

jupyter kernelspec list

One would see:

python3                /Users/sunt05/Library/Jupyter/kernels/python3
wlengine               /Users/sunt05/Library/Jupyter/kernels/wlengine
wolframlanguage12      /Users/sunt05/Library/Jupyter/kernels/wolframlanguage12

So we know the kernels are correctly installed (here I have both Mathematica and WLE).

2. Explore the kernel spec file:

By navigating into one of the above folders, one may see the magic happens right in the kernel.json file.

The one below is for WL:

        "/Applications/Wolfram Engine.app/Contents/Resources/Wolfram Player.app/Contents/MacOS/WolframKernel",
    "display_name":"Wolfram Language 12 WL",
    "language":"Wolfram Language"

So if the kernel spec is not properly installed, one can also manually create a such kernel json file and put the info of WLE in.

Hope this might be helpful.

Simply install the kernel for the Jupyter environment following the official guide: https://github.com/WolframResearch/WolframLanguageForJupyter

then WL would be there (tested on macOS with Anaconda Python 3.7.3):

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A noting caveat is that the auto-completion is missing.

Environment info:

conda version : 4.6.14
conda-build version : 3.17.8
python version : 3.7.3.final.0
  • $\begingroup$ My kernel.json was pointing to [...Mathematica 12.app\/Contents\/MacOS\/WolframKernel", "-script", ... ]... could that be a problem? $\endgroup$
    – M.R.
    Jul 8, 2019 at 20:46
  • $\begingroup$ @M.R. Yes, that’s what I guess you might have. So you can manually create another kernel file pointing to WLE to resolve this issue. $\endgroup$
    – sunt05
    Jul 8, 2019 at 20:51
  • $\begingroup$ Yea I just had to do this: jupyter kernelspec uninstall wolframlanguage-12.0.0, now working, thanks :) $\endgroup$
    – M.R.
    Jul 8, 2019 at 21:12
  • $\begingroup$ Great to know this has been resolved :) $\endgroup$
    – sunt05
    Jul 8, 2019 at 21:26
  • $\begingroup$ Unfortunately none of the useful parts of mathematica frontend are available $\endgroup$
    – M.R.
    Jul 8, 2019 at 22:30

Possibly the notebook here will help. Not sure, since I am not familiar with Nteract. https://community.wolfram.com/groups/-/m/t/1717637


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