Customizing the Installer

The installer can be customized with commandline parameters. The default installer is executed as:

curl -L https://tljh.jupyter.org/bootstrap.py \
 | sudo python3 - \
   <parameters>

This page documents the various options you can pass as commandline parameters to the installer.

Serving a temporary “TLJH is building” page

--show-progress-page serves a temporary “TLJH is building” progress page while TLJH is building.

Temporary progress page while TLJH is building
  • The page will be accessible at http://<tljh-public-ip>/index.html in your browser. When TLJH installation is complete, the progress page page will stop and you will be able to access TLJH as usually at http://<tljh-public-ip>.

  • From the progress page, you will also be able to access the installation logs, by clicking the Logs button or by going directly to http://<tljh-public-ip>/logs in your browser. To update the logs, refresh the page.

Note

The http://<tljh-public-ip>/index.html page refreshes itself automatically every 30s. When JupyterHub starts, a JupyterHub 404 HTTP error message (Jupyter has lots of moons, but this is not one…) will be shown instead of the progress page. This means JupyterHub was started succesfully and you can access it either by clicking the Control Panel button or by going to http://<tljh-public-ip>/ directly.

For example, to enable the progress page and add the first admin user, you would run:

curl -L https://tljh.jupyter.org/bootstrap.py \
| sudo python3 - \
 --admin admin --showprogress-page

Adding admin users

--admin <username>:<password> adds user <username> to JupyterHub as an admin user and sets its password to be <password>. Although it is not recommended, it is possible to only set the admin username at this point and set the admin password after the installation.

Also, the --admin flag can be repeated multiple times. For example, to add admin-user1 and admin-user2 as admins when installing, depending if you would like to set their passwords during install you would:

  • set admin-user1 with password password-user1 and admin-user2 with password-user2 using:

curl -L https://tljh.jupyter.org/bootstrap.py \
 | sudo python3 - \
   --admin admin-user1:password-user1 --admin admin-user2:password-user2
  • set admin-user1 and admin-user2 to be admins, without any passwords at this stage, using:

curl -L https://tljh.jupyter.org/bootstrap.py \
 | sudo python3 - \
   --admin admin-user1 --admin admin-user2
  • set admin-user1 with password password-user1 and admin-user2 with no password at this stage using:

curl -L https://tljh.jupyter.org/bootstrap.py \
 | sudo python3 - \
   --admin admin-user1:password-user1 --admin admin-user2

Installing python packages in the user environment

--user-requirements-txt-url <url-to-requirements.txt> installs packages specified in the requirements.txt located at the given URL into the user environment at install time. This is very useful when you want to set up a hub with a particular user environment in one go.

For example, to install the latest requirements to run UC Berkeley’s data8 course in your new hub, you would run:

curl -L https://tljh.jupyter.org/bootstrap.py \
 | sudo python3 - \
   --user-requirements-txt-url https://raw.githubusercontent.com/data-8/materials-sp18/master/requirements.txt

The URL must point to a working requirements.txt. If there are any errors, the installation will fail.

Note

When pointing to a file on GitHub, make sure to use the ‘Raw’ version. It should point to raw.githubusercontent.com, not github.com.

Installing TLJH plugins

The Littlest JupyterHub can install additional plugins that provide additional features. They are most commonly used to install a particular stack - such as the PANGEO Stack for earth sciences research, a stack for a particular class, etc.

--plugin <plugin-to-install> installs and activates a plugin. You can pass it however many times you want. Since plugins are distributed as python packages, <plugin-to-install> can be anything that can be passed to pip install - plugin-name-on-pypi==<version> and git+https://github.com/user/repo@tag are the most popular ones. Specifying a version or tag is highly recommended.

For example, to install the PANGEO Plugin version 0.1 in your new TLJH install, you would use:

curl -L https://tljh.jupyter.org/bootstrap.py \
 | sudo python3 - \
   --plugin git+https://github.com/yuvipanda/tljh-pangeo@v0.1

Multiple plugins can be installed at once with: --plugin <first-plugin-to-install> <second-plugin-to-install>.

See TLJH Plugins for more information about plugins.

Note

Plugins are extremely powerful and can do a large number of arbitrary things. Only install plugins you trust.