How to pretty print in ipython notebook via sympy?


I tried pprint, print, the former only prints Unicode version, and the latter doesn’t do pretty prints.

from sympy import symbols, Function
import sympy.functions as sym
from sympy import init_printing
from sympy import pprint
from sympy import Symbol

x = Symbol('x')

# If a cell contains only the following, it will render perfectly.
(pi + x)**2

# However I would like to control what to print in a function, 
# so that multiple expressions can be printed from a single notebook cell.
pprint((pi + x)**2)
Asked By: colinfang



you need to use display:

from IPython.display import display


It will choose the appropriate representation (text/LaTex/png…), in recent enough version of IPython (6.0+) display is imported by default, still we recommend to explicitly import it.

Answered By: Matt

The issue is with your init_printing statement. In a notebook, you do not want to run latex, instead you should use mathjax, so try this instead:


When I use this, I get normal pretty printing everywhere, even when I have a sympy expression as the last line of the cell.

Answered By: Kyle

This works,

from IPython.display import display, Latex
from sympy import *

x = symbols('x')

int_x = Integral(cos(x)*exp(x), x)
result = "$${} = {}$$".format(latex(int_x), latex(int_x.doit()))

derv_x = Derivative(cos(x)*exp(x), x)
result = "$${} = {}$$".format(latex(derv_x), latex(derv_x.doit()))

try it for yourself.

Answered By: acesaif

I have asked a similar question (now linked to this one).
After reading the answers and tinkering a bit, I conclude that there are 3 types of output one can get:

  1. "Not pretty", pure text… "low quality".
    This is what one obtains with print(expression)

  2. Pretty, pure text… "medium quality".
    This is what one obtains with

     import sympy as sym

It still uses the same font and uses only characters to put together the mathematical expression. But it can, e.g., raise numbers for powers, pull fractions by laying out the horizontal line, etc.

  1. Pretty, with graphics, symbols, etc… "high quality".
    This is what one obtains with

     import IPython.display as disp

This is the same as what one obtains as an output of the notebook cell, but now as a result of a command. Then, one can have multiple such outputs from a single notebook cell.

It is worth noting that:

  1. sym.init_printing(... affects the output of sym.pprint.

  2. sym.latex(expression) produces a LaTeX string for the expression.
    disp.Math(... produces the expression from LaTeX.
    These two may come in useful.
    Thus, disp.display(disp.Math(sym.latex(expression))) would produce the same output as