I am usually running analyses on a remote server, which I thought was not easily compatible with using jupyter lab.
The truth is: I was wrong. It is very easy to launch a jupyter lab server in a remote computer (e.g. via a ssh connection), and access it from a laptop in a browser with a GUI. I am sharing the solution here, mainly because I want to remember it, I hope it may also help you.
So here are the steps:
- Login via ssh to the remote server and launch jupyter lab
- In the local computer, open a terminal and start a ssh tunnel:
ssh -N -L 8888:localhost:8888 user@remotehost
8888port is the common jupyter lab port. If your jupyter lab is using another port, change it accordingly in the command.
localhost:8888in your browser, and voila!
Note: jupyter lab may start with a token, in this case paste
localhost:8888/?token=THETOKENin your browser (the token is given when jupyter lab starts).
Note: I am using snakemake and the great possibility to use jupyter notebooks in it. When I use the
--edit-notebookoption on the remote server, I then simply need to use the ssh tunnel to edit my notebook in my browser. Very convenient!