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In [1]:
import numpy as np
import panel as pn
import ipywidgets as ipw


The IPyWidget pane renders any ipywidgets model both in the notebook and in a deployed server. This makes it possible to leverage this growing ecosystem directly from within Panel simply by wrapping the component in a Pane or Panel.


For layout and styling related parameters see the customization user guide.

  • object (object): The ipywidget object being displayed
  • default_layout (pn.layout.Panel, default=Row): Layout to wrap the plot and widgets in

The panel function will automatically convert any ipywidgets object into a displayable panel, while keeping all of its interactive features:

In [2]:
date   = ipw.DatePicker(description='Date')
slider = ipw.FloatSlider(description='Float')
play   = ipw.Play()

layout = ipw.HBox(children=[date, slider, play])


Interactivity and callbacks

Any ipywidget with a value parameter can also be used in a pn.depends decorated callback, e.g. here we declare a function that depends on the value of a FloatSlider:

In [3]:
slider = ipw.IntSlider(description='Slider', min=-5, max=5)

def cb(value):
    return 'The slider value is ' + (
        'negative' if value < 0 else 'nonnegative'

pn.Row(slider, cb)

If instead you want to write a callback yourself you can also use the traitlets observe method as you would usually. To read more about this see the Widget Events section of the ipywidgets documentation.

In [4]:
caption = ipw.Label(value='The slider value is nonnegative')
slider = ipw.IntSlider(min=-5, max=5, value=1, description='Slider')

def handle_slider_change(change):
    caption.value = 'The slider value is ' + (
        'negative' if change.new < 0 else 'nonnegative'

slider.observe(handle_slider_change, names='value')

pn.Row(slider, caption)

External widget libraries

The IPyWidget panel is also not restricted to simple widgets, ipywidget libraries such as ipyvolume and ipyleaflet are also supported.

In [5]:
import ipyvolume as ipv
x, y, z, u, v = ipv.examples.klein_bottle(draw=False)
fig = ipv.figure()
m = ipv.plot_mesh(x, y, z, wireframe=False)

In [6]:
from ipyleaflet import Map, VideoOverlay

m = Map(center=(25, -115), zoom=4)

video = VideoOverlay(
    bounds=((13, -130), (32, -100))




The ipywidgets support has some limitations because it is integrating two very distinct ecosystems. In particular it is not yet possible to set up JS-linking between a Panel and an ipywidget object or support for embedding. These limitations are not fundamental technical limitations and may be solved in future.

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