Specify the runtime of a notebook

When you author a notebook, the resources and Python libraries you use are made available through a notebook runtime. There are two runtimes available: the Standard runtime contains ArcGIS API for Python along with a few hundred other Python libraries, and the Advanced runtime contains all of the same libraries as well as ArcPy and some related libraries. The available runtimes depend on your licensing and privileges.


Notebooks that use the Advanced runtime can run ArcGIS API for Python and all other libraries from the Standard runtime.

To author notebooks, your administrator must assign you a custom member role that contains the appropriate privileges. Depending on the notebook runtime needed, you must be assigned the privilege for using the Standard runtime or the Advanced runtime. The Advanced runtime privilege also allows you to use the Advanced with GPU runtime.

If your organization only has the Standard runtime available and you are assigned a role containing the corresponding privilege, you can start authoring notebooks immediately.

Choose a notebook runtime

When you create a blank notebook, you choose which runtime the notebook will use. The list you choose from is based on your privileges, If you have been granted the Advanced Notebooks privilege, you can choose between Standard and Advanced runtimes. You can also change the runtime of a notebook after it has been created.

If you have the appropriate privileges, you may want to create notebooks using either runtime in different situations. For example, if you are authoring a notebook to share with other notebook authors in your organization who don't have the Advanced Notebooks privilege, you want to create a notebook using the Standard runtime.

Change a notebook runtime

It is recommended that you update the notebook runtime when a new version is available to take advantage of the latest available Python libraries. Follow these steps to change the runtime applied to an existing notebook. This workflow can only be done by members who can author notebooks using either notebook runtime.


Before changing the runtime for a notebook from Advanced to Standard, ensure the notebook does not use ArcPy or other libraries that are only available in the Advanced notebook runtime. An error appears when you run cells in the notebook that use these libraries with the Standard notebook runtime.

  1. Open the notebook's item details page and click the Settings tab.

    In the Notebook section of the tab, under Notebook Settings, the Notebook Runtime option designates the runtime the notebook is using.

  2. Click the drop-down list, and choose the runtime.

    If you don't have the Advanced Notebooks privilege, only the Standard runtime appears in the drop-down list.

  3. Click Save to confirm.

Install modules during a session

Notebook authors can make Python modules, or versions of modules, that are not included in either runtime available for use during a notebook session using the conda package management system. It is recommended that you use conda, because ArcGIS Notebooks uses it to manage modules.

This approach installs the desired module for the duration of the notebook session. Once the notebook is closed or the container belonging to the user is terminated, the module is no longer available. To install modules using this method, you must have internet connectivity to the conda channel.


conda is included in the two notebook runtimes. You do not need to install it.

To install the scrapy package during a session, for example, run a notebook cell with one of the following commands, depending on the package management system you're using:

Using the conda package management system

!conda install --yes scrapy

To use a different version of a Python module in the notebook runtime you're working in, specify the version number in the command.

You must restart the kernel after running a conda command for your new package to be available.

For example, a certain package is available in both notebook runtimes at version 1.5, but you want to use a tool introduced in 1.6. To make version 1.6 of the package available during a notebook session, run a notebook cell with one of the following commands, depending on the package management system you're using:

Using the conda package management system

!conda install --yes <package name>==1.6