Hiding code blocks or entire cells

It’s possible to control which cells show up in your final book pages. For example, you may want to display a complex visualization to illustrate an idea, but don’t want the page to be cluttered with a large code cell that generated the viz. In other cases, you may want to remove a code cell entirely.

This page explains how to accomplish this with Jupyter Book.

Hiding code cells and displaying a button to show them

Jupyter Books uses notebook cell tags to determine which code cells to hide. If you add the tag hidecode to a cell, then Jupyter Book will hide the cell but display the outputs.

Here’s an example of cell metadata that would trigger the “hide code” behavior:

    "tags": [

By default, Jupyter Book will display a small button to the right of the location that used to hold your code cell. If a user clicks the button, your code cell will be displayed. For example, see the cell below contains the hidecode tag:

import numpy as np
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt

data = np.random.randn(2, 100)
fig, ax = plt.subplots()
ax.scatter(*data, c=data[1], s=100*np.abs(data[0]));


Try clicking the button to the right of the empty spot above!

Note that this button only shows up for cells where you’ve hidden the code:

print("This cell will show up!")
This cell will show up!

You can disable this behavior by using the following configuration option:

use_hide_code_button      : false 

In this case, the inputs will be hidden, only the outputs will be shown, and users won’t have the opportunity to see the inputs on the book’s page.

Hiding an entire cell

You can also hide both the inputs and outputs of a cell, in which case it won’t show up in your book at all. These cells remain in the notebook file itself, so they’ll show up if readers click on a JupyterHub or Binder link from a page.

To hide both the inputs and outputs of a cell, add the tag removecell to the tags of the cell. Here’s an example of cell metadata that would trigger the “remove cell” behavior:

    "tags": [

These cells will be entirely removed from each book page - remember that if you’d like to optionally display the inputs of a cell instead, you should use the hidecode tag.