File save hooks

You can configure functions that are run whenever a file is saved. There are two hooks available:

  • ContentsManager.pre_save_hook runs on the API path and model with content. This can be used for things like stripping output that people don’t like adding to VCS noise.
  • FileContentsManager.post_save_hook runs on the filesystem path and model without content. This could be used to commit changes after every save, for instance.

They are both called with keyword arguments:

pre_save_hook(model=model, path=path, contents_manager=cm)
post_save_hook(model=model, os_path=os_path, contents_manager=cm)


These can both be added to

A pre-save hook for stripping output:

def scrub_output_pre_save(model, **kwargs):
    """scrub output before saving notebooks"""
    # only run on notebooks
    if model['type'] != 'notebook':
    # only run on nbformat v4
    if model['content']['nbformat'] != 4:

    for cell in model['content']['cells']:
        if cell['cell_type'] != 'code':
        cell['outputs'] = []
        cell['execution_count'] = None

c.FileContentsManager.pre_save_hook = scrub_output_pre_save

A post-save hook to make a script equivalent whenever the notebook is saved (replacing the --script option in older versions of the notebook):

import io
import os
from notebook.utils import to_api_path

_script_exporter = None

def script_post_save(model, os_path, contents_manager, **kwargs):
    """convert notebooks to Python script after save with nbconvert

    replaces `ipython notebook --script`
    from nbconvert.exporters.script import ScriptExporter

    if model['type'] != 'notebook':

    global _script_exporter
    if _script_exporter is None:
        _script_exporter = ScriptExporter(parent=contents_manager)
    log = contents_manager.log

    base, ext = os.path.splitext(os_path)
    py_fname = base + '.py'
    script, resources = _script_exporter.from_filename(os_path)
    script_fname = base + resources.get('output_extension', '.txt')"Saving script /%s", to_api_path(script_fname, contents_manager.root_dir))
    with, 'w', encoding='utf-8') as f:
c.FileContentsManager.post_save_hook = script_post_save

This could be a simple call to jupyter nbconvert --to script, but spawning the subprocess every time is quite slow.