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ICalico is a new method of interacting with Calico. In addition, a host of new functionality is available.


  1. Install IPython version 2.0.0 or greater
  2. Install Calico version 3.0.0 or greater
  3. Start IPython with Calico profile
    • icalico

A web page should open up which will allow you to enter scripts and Calico "magic" commands (see below).

Trouble shooting

If a webpage opens, you should be able to open a Notebook (either old or make a new one. On the new Notebook page, you should see:

  1. the purple Calico butterfly logo in the upper-left corner
  2. if you type calico in a cell and evaluate it (control+enter) it should respond back with the Calico version number, like <Calico version 3.0.0>

If a webpage does not open, some things to check:

  1. Is IPython in your path?
  2. Do you have a default web browser?
  3. On Linux, is Mono on your path?

Other questions? Please ask on the calico-users mailing list.

NOTE: If you move the Calico folder, you should re-create a new Calico profile:

  1. cd Calico
  2. calico --create-profile

A personal note on Mac installation: To install and run on a Mac, I had to:

  1. install zmqlib from source
  2. put mono on path

Getting Started

For an introduction to this manner of interacting with programs, please see:



Technically, ICalico is a "IPython kernel". However, of course ICalico can operate using any of a number of languages.


ICalico magics are "meta" commands: commands for the ICalico system, separate from any Calico language.

  • One preceding percent sign indicates a "magic line command" (applies to just the line)
  • Two preceding percent signs indicates a "magic cell command" (applies to just the cell)
  • Three preceding percent sign indicates a "magic notebook command" (applies from here to rest of notebook)

Any cell can have any number of magic commands, but they must all appear first, before any code.

%connect_info        - show ICalico JSON connection information
%download url [file] - download a URL to a file
%edit FILENAME       - edit a file in an external editor
%%file FILENAME      - create a filename with contents of cell
%%html               - treat the cell as HTML
%%javascript         - treat the cell as Javascript data
%lang                - get information on current language
%%lang LANGUAGE      - change language for just this cell
%%%lang LANGUAGE     - change language for rest of cells
%magic               - get information on magic meta-commands
%qtconsole           - start a qtconsole
%run FILENAME        - run a file (language determined by extension)
%%svg                - treat the cell as SVG data
%%time               - time how long it takes to run this cell

Display Functions

These are available from the calico object:

  • display(item[, item]*) - display one or more items to the notebook output area
    • display_html(item)
    • display_javascript(item)
    • display_json(item)
    • display_svg(item)
    • display_png(item)
    • display_jpeg(item)
    • display_latex(item)
    • display_pdf(item)
  • Audio(URI)
  • HTML(string)
  • Javascript(string)
  • Latex(string)
  • Math(string)
  • Table()
  • Image(URI)
  • YouTubeVideo(id, width, height)
  • IFrame(src)
  • SVG(xml)
  • FileLink(filename)
  • FileLinks(directory)
  • VimeoVideo(id)


calico.display(calico.HTML("<b>This is bold!</b>"))


Widgets allow for creating interactive interfaces, when connected to an executing kernel. All of the widgets are available from the Calico: calico object object.

  • BoundedFloatTextWidget
  • BoundedIntTextWidget
  • ButtonWidget
  • CameraWidget
  • CheckboxWidget
  • ContainerWidget
  • DropdownWidget
  • FloatProgressWidget
  • FloatSliderWidget
  • FloatTextProgressWidget
  • FloatTextWidget
  • HTMLWidget
  • ImageWidget
  • IntProgressWidget
  • IntSliderWidget
  • IntTextWidget
  • LatexWidget
  • PasswordWidget
  • PopupWidget
  • RadioButtonsWidget
  • SelectWidget
  • SelectionWidget
  • TextWidget
  • TextareaWidget
  • ToggleButtonWidget
  • ToggleButtonsWidget

Container widgets:

  • ContainerWidget
  • PopupWidget
  • AccordionWidget
  • TabWidget

In addition, there are Javascript-based widgets:



from Widgets import Lines

lines = Lines(3) # three lines
for label, line in [["", [1, 2, 3]], 
                    ["", [5, 6, 7]],
                    ["", [2, 4, 5]]]:
    lines = Lines(lines, line, label)
calico.LineChart(lines, {"width": 800, "height": 300, "chartArea": {"width": 300}})