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2. Jupyter’s file browser

After starting a Jupyter session you are presented with Jupyter’s file browser view, which is the default tab in Jupyter’s user interface. This view shows you files on the machine running your Jupyter session (here, the cluster), not your local machine. This behaves much like a desktop file browser application:

  • Click on a directory to browse into it.
  • Click on a text file (e.g. a R or Python script) to view/edit it in your browser. You’ll notice that Jupyter’s text editor understands different programming languages and will use colour to make key syntactic elements easier to identify.
  • Click on a Notebook (.ipynb filename suffix) to open it in a new browser tab.
  • Rename, delete or move files/folders by checking the relevant tick-boxes to the left of each item of interest then click the appropriate option above.
  • The drop-down menu at the top of the column of check-boxes allows you to filter to view just Notebooks, all Notebooks that are currently running, all files or all folders.


Certain directories are may not be accessible via this interface:

  • /home/username
  • /data/username
  • /shared/volname

This set of directories are automounted i.e. made available to the user on demand but you cannot express that demand via this interface. If you browse into /data and it is empty or does not contain your personal subdirectory then you need to briefly open a Jupyter terminal and run:

ls /data/username

then that directory should subsequently be visible/accessible in this file browser.