BinderHub Documentation


This project is under active development and subject to change.

What is BinderHub?

BinderHub allows you to BUILD and REGISTER a Docker image using a GitHub repository, then CONNECT with JupyterHub, allowing you to create a public IP address that allows users to interact with the code / environment you specify in the repository within a live JupyterHub instance. You can also specify a specific branch name / commit / tag to serve.

It is similar in spirit to the existing Binder service. It’s goal is to tie together:

  • JupyterHub to provide a scalable system for authenticating users and spawning single user Jupyter Notebook servers, and
  • Repo2Docker which generates a Docker image using a Git repository hosted online. This heavily utilizes:
  • Red Hat’s source-to-image project from OpenShift to build a Docker image from a set of dependencies.

BinderHub is created using Python, kubernetes, tornado, and traitlets. As such, it should be a familiar technical foundation for Jupyter developers.

Why BinderHub?

Collections of Jupyter notebooks are becoming more common in scientific research and data science. The ability to serve these collections on demand enhances the usefulness of these notebooks.


BinderHub is based on Python 3, and it can be installed using pip:

pip install binderhub


See LICENSE file in this repository.