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Markdown Cells

We can use emphasis, boldface, preformatted text.

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Arbitrary Unicode characters should be supported, e.g. łßō. Note, however, that this only works if your HTML browser and your LaTeX processor provide the appropriate fonts.


Inline equations like \(\text{e}^{i\pi} = -1\) can be created by putting a LaTeX expression between two dollar signs, like this: $\text{e}^{i\pi} = -1$.


Avoid leading and trailing spaces around math expressions, otherwise errors like the following will occur when Sphinx is running:

ERROR: Unknown interpreted text role "raw-latex".

See also the pandoc docs:

Anything between two $ characters will be treated as TeX math. The opening $ must have a non-space character immediately to its right, while the closing $ must have a non-space character immediately to its left, and must not be followed immediately by a digit.

Equations can also be displayed on their own line like this: \begin{equation} \int\limits_{-\infty}^\infty f(x) \delta(x - x_0) dx = f(x_0). \end{equation}

This can be done by simply using one of the LaTeX math environments, like so:

\int\limits_{-\infty}^\infty f(x) \delta(x - x_0) dx = f(x_0)

Automatic Equation Numbering

This is not automatically enabled in Jupyter notebooks, but you can install a notebook extension in order to enable equation numbering:

Automatic Equation Numbering is enabled on, see e.g. the latest version of this very notebook at the link

When using nbsphinx, you can use the following mathjax_config setting in your file to enable automatic equation numbering in HTML output. In LaTeX output, the equations are numbered by default.

mathjax_config = {
    'TeX': {'equationNumbers': {'autoNumber': 'AMS', 'useLabelIds': True}},

You can use \label{...} to give a unique label to an equation:

\begin{equation} \phi = \frac{1 + \sqrt{5}}{2} \label{golden-mean} \end{equation}

\phi = \frac{1 + \sqrt{5}}{2}

If automatic equation numbering is enabled, you can later reference that equation using its label. You can use \eqref{golden-mean} for a reference with parentheses: \eqref{golden-mean}, or \ref{golden-mean} for a reference without them: \ref{golden-mean}.

In HTML output, these equation references only work for equations within a single HTML page. In LaTeX output, equations from other notebooks can be referenced, e.g. \eqref{fibonacci-recurrence}.

Manual Equation Numbering

If you prefer to assign equation numbers (or some kind of names) manually, you can do so with \tag{...}:

\begin{equation} a^2 + b^2 = c^2 \tag{99.4} \label{pythagoras} \end{equation}

a^2 + b^2 = c^2

The above equation has the number \ref{pythagoras}.


According to, nbconvert supports citations using a special HTML-based syntax. nbsphinx supports the same syntax.

Example: [KRKP+16].

<cite data-cite="kluyver2016jupyter">Kluyver et al. (2016)</cite>

You don’t actually have to use <cite>, any inline HTML tag can be used, e.g. <strong>: [PGH11].

<strong data-cite="perez2011python">Python: An Ecosystem for Scientific Computing</strong>

You’ll also have to define a list of references, see the section about references.

There is also a Notebook extension which may or may not be useful:


We can also write code with nice syntax highlighting:

print("Hello, world!")


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False False False
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Local image: Jupyter notebook icon

Remote image: Python logo (remote)

SVG support for LaTeX

LaTeX doesn’t support SVG images, but there are Sphinx extensions that can be used for automatically converting SVG images for inclusion in LaTeX output.

Just include one of the following options in the list of extensions in your file.

Cell Attachments

Images can also be embedded in the notebook itself. Just drag an image file into the Markdown cell you are just editing or copy and paste some image data from an image editor/viewer.

The generated Markdown code will look just like a “normal” image link, except that it will have an attachment: prefix:

![a stick figure](attachment:stickfigure.png)

This is a cell attachment: a stick figure

In the Jupyter Notebook, there is a speciall “Attachments” cell toolbar which you can use to see all attachments of a cell and delete them, if needed.

HTML Elements (HTML only)

It is allowed to use plain HTML elements within Markdown cells. Those elements are passed through to the HTML output and are ignored for the LaTeX output. Below are a few examples.

HTML5 audio elements can be created like this:

<audio src="" controls>alternative text</audio>


HTML5 video elements can be created like this:

<video src="" controls>alternative text</video>


The alternative text is shown in browsers that don’t support those elements. The same text is also shown in Sphinx’s LaTeX output.

Note: You can also use local files for the <audio> and <video> elements, but you have to create a link to the source file somewhere, because only then are the local files copied to the HTML output directory! You should do that anyway to make the audio/video file accessible to browsers that don’t support the <audio> and <video> elements.

Info/Warning Boxes


This is an experimental feature! Its usage will probably change in the future or it might be removed completely!

Until there is an info/warning extension for Markdown/CommonMark (see this issue), such boxes can be created by using HTML <div> elements like this:

<div class="alert alert-info">

**Note:** This is a note!


For this to work reliably, you should obey the following guidelines:

  • The class attribute has to be either "alert alert-info" or "alert alert-warning", other values will not be converted correctly.
  • No further attributes are allowed.
  • For compatibility with CommonMark, you should add an empty line between the <div> start tag and the beginning of the content.


The text can contain further Markdown formatting. It is even possible to have nested boxes:

… but please don’t overuse this!