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ipython-sql 0.2.3

RDBMS access via IPython

Latest Version: 0.3.8


:Author: Catherine Devlin,

Introduces a %sql (or %%sql) magic.

Connect to a database, using SQLAlchemy connect strings, then issue SQL
commands within IPython or IPython Notebook.

.. image::
:width: 600px
:alt: screenshot of ipython-sql in the Notebook


In [1]: %load_ext sql

In [2]: %%sql postgresql://will:longliveliz@localhost/shakes
...: select * from character
...: where abbrev = 'ALICE'
Out[2]: [(u'Alice', u'Alice', u'ALICE', u'a lady attending on Princess Katherine', 22)]

In [3]: result = _

In [4]: print(result)
charid charname abbrev description speechcount
Alice Alice ALICE a lady attending on Princess Katherine 22

In [4]: result.keys
Out[5]: [u'charid', u'charname', u'abbrev', u'description', u'speechcount']

In [6]: result[0][0]
Out[6]: u'Alice'

In [7]: result[0].description
Out[7]: u'a lady attending on Princess Katherine'

After the first connection, connect info can be omitted::

In [8]: %sql select count(*) from work
Out[8]: [(43L,)]

Connections to multiple databases can be maintained. You can refer to
an existing connection by username@database::

In [9]: %%sql will@shakes
...: select charname, speechcount from character
...: where speechcount = (select max(speechcount)
...: from character);
Out[9]: [(u'Poet', 733)]

In [10]: print(_)
charname speechcount
Poet 733

You may use multiple SQL statements inside a single cell, but you will
only see any query results from the last of them, so this really only
makes sense for statements with no output::

In [11]: %%sql sqlite://
....: CREATE TABLE writer (first_name, last_name, year_of_death);
....: INSERT INTO writer VALUES ('William', 'Shakespeare', 1616);
....: INSERT INTO writer VALUES ('Bertold', 'Brecht', 1956);
Out[11]: []

Bind variables (bind parameters) can be used in the "named" (:x) style.
The variable names used should be defined in the local namespace::

In [12]: name = 'Countess'

In [13]: %sql select description from character where charname = :name
Out[13]: [(u'mother to Bertram',)]


Connection strings are `SQLAlchemy`_ standard.

Some example connection strings::


.. _SQLAlchemy:

Note that ``mysql`` and ``mysql+pymysql`` connections (and perhaps others)
don't read your client character set information from .my.cnf. You need
to specify it in the connection string::



Query results are loaded as lists, so very large result sets may use up
your system's memory and/or hang your browser. There is no autolimit
by default.


In [2]: %config SqlMagic
SqlMagic options
Current: 0
Automatically limit the size of the returned result sets
Current: True
Don't display the full traceback on SQL Programming Error<unicode>
Current: 'DEFAULT'
Set the table printing style to any of prettytable's defined styles


If you have installed ``pandas``, you can use a result set's
``.DataFrame()`` method::

In [3]: result = %sql SELECT * FROM character WHERE speechcount > 25

In [4]: dataframe = result.DataFrame()

.. _Pandas:


If you have installed ``matplotlib``, you can use a result set's
``.plot()``, ``.pie()``, and ``.bar()`` methods for quick plotting::

In[5]: result = %sql SELECT title, totalwords FROM work WHERE genretype = 'c'

In[6]: %matplotlib inline

In[7]: result.pie()

.. image::
:alt: pie chart of word count of Shakespeare's comedies


Install the lastest release with:

pip install ipython-sql

or download from and:

cd ipython-sql
sudo python install



- Matthias Bussonnier for help with configuration
- `Distribute`_
- `Buildout`_
- `modern-package-template`_

.. _Buildout:
.. _Distribute:
.. _`modern-package-template`:



*Release date: 21-Mar-2013*

* Initial release


*Release date: 29-Mar-2013*

* Release to PyPI

* Results returned as lists

* print(_) to get table form in text console

* set autolimit and text wrap in configuration


*Release date: 29-Mar-2013*

* Python 3 compatibility

* use prettyprint package

* allow multiple SQL per cell


*Release date: 30-May-2013*

* Accept bind variables (Thanks Mike Wilson!)


*Release date: 15-June-2013*

* Recognize socket connection strings

* Bugfix - issue 4 (remember existing connections by case)


*Release date: 30-July-2013*

Converted from an IPython Plugin to an Extension for 1.0 compatibility

*Release date: 01-Aug-2013*

Deleted Plugin import left behind in 0.2.2


*Release date: 20-Sep-2013*

* Contributions from Olivier Le Thanh Duong:

- SQL errors reported without internal IPython error stack

- Proper handling of configuration

* Added .DataFrame(), .pie(), .plot(), and .bar() methods to
result sets  
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