Adding module imports to iPython startup

Posted by Simon Walker on Wed 12 January 2011

I'm constantly opening an iPython interpreter and having to import my common modules (for me pyfits mostly).

The easiest way to import modules on iPython startup is to look in your

~/.ipython/ipy_user_conf.py

file which is a nice easy way to add python code into your ipython startup (as opposed to the ipythonrc file which is about colours etc.).

In the main function, just add a line such as

ip.ex("import pyfits")

This will allow custom code to be run at startup. In this case, iPython loads the pyfits module.

You could add such things as

ip.ex("from pylab import *; x = arange(100); y = sin(x)")

for example if you were working with sine waves a lot.

tags: python, ipython