javadba javadba - 1 year ago 122
Python Question

Where is the history file for ipython

I can not determine where the ipython is storing its history.

a. There is no ~/.pythonhistory:

12:49:00/dashboards $ll ~/.py*
ls: /Users/steve/.py*: No such file or directory

b. Nothing special in the python startup file:

12:49:07/dashboards $echo $PYTHONSTARTUP
12:49:43/dashboards $cat /shared/.pythonstartup
import rlcompleter
import readline

readline.parse_and_bind("tab: complete")

c. BUT: i do have plenty of history available in ipython when I start it up.

So where is that history being stored?

UPDATE the answer from @Stefano led the correct way: here is the actual path

13:30:05/shared $ll ~/.ipython/profile_default/history.sqlite
-rw-r--r-- 1 steve staff 372736 Jun 3 12:48 /Users/steve/.ipython/profile_default/history.sqlite

Answer Source

IPython history is stored in a SQLite database located in the profile directory. By default:


Older versions (1.x) stored profile data in ~/.config/ipython, at least on platforms conforming to XDG basedir specs (i.e. most Linux distributions).

Anyway, you can locate the profile directory with:

$ ipython locate profile default

Notice that the history database is shared between IPython and IPython3, if both are installed.

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