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Where to host a Jupyter notebook

By Nick Barth

Updated on March 6, 2024

Where to host a Jupyter notebook

For data scientists, researchers, and analysts, finding the perfect platform to host and share Jupyter notebooks is essential. The platform must not only provide an interactive environment for coding and visualizing data but also require scalable resources to handle complex computations and large datasets. Here are some prominent options that cater to these needs, including a discussion about Deepnote, a rising player in this space.

Google Colab

Google Colab is a popular choice among individuals in the data science community. It offers a free service with the option to connect to paid GPU and TPU computing services for heavier workloads. Colab seamlessly integrates with Google Drive for storing notebooks and datasets.

  • Pros: Free tiers available, integration with Google Drive, access to GPUs and TPUs
  • Cons: Limited to Google's ecosystem, less suited for collaborative work

AWS SageMaker

AWS SageMaker is a fully managed service that enables users to build, train, and deploy machine learning models at scale. It’s a part of Amazon Web Services and offers a Jupyter notebook instance as part of its integrated development environment.

  • Pros: Scalable resources, comprehensive ML service integration
  • Cons: Cost can be high for extensive use, steep learning curve for AWS ecosystem

Microsoft Azure Notebooks

Microsoft Azure Notebooks provides a free hosting service with an option to attach Azure's scalable resources. Particularly suited for professional team settings, Azure Notebooks make it easy to share and collaborate.

  • Pros: Free to use for small-scale projects, good integration with other Azure services
  • Cons: Might require an upgrade for using advanced Azure resources

IBM Watson Studio

IBM Watson Studio offers cloud-based and local solutions for scientists and analysts, allowing integration with IBM's suite of data tools and services. Scalability is a strong suit, ensuring resources are available as needed.

  • Pros: Secure and scalable, strong integration with IBM services
  • Cons: The interface can be complex for new users


Binder allows users to share reproducible, interactive, computational environments. By simply providing a GitHub repository with Jupyter notebooks, Binder creates a live environment for others to access.

  • Pros: Free to use, no setup required
  • Cons: Limited to public repositories and isn't scalable


Discussing Deepnote, a newer addition to the hosted Jupyter notebook platforms, it offers real-timed collaboration, like Google Docs. Deepnote integrates with big data tools, executes jobs in the cloud, and scales up as needed—dealing well with heavy computations or data loads.

  • Pros: Real-time collaboration, integrates well with various data sources, user-friendly interface
  • Cons: Less established community, pricing models still evolving


For professionals and researchers seeking scalability, platforms like AWS SageMaker and IBM Watson Studio stand out, while Deepnote offers a modern, collaborative twist to the interactive development environment. Whichever platform you choose will ultimately depend on the specific needs of your project, such as resource demands, team collaboration preferences, and budget constraints.

Remember, always consider the long-term implications of choosing a platform—look beyond just the computational power to how well the service will continue to fit your evolving needs as data, and projects grow in complexity.

Nick Barth

Product Engineer

Nick has been interested in data science ever since he recorded all his poops in spreadsheet, and found that on average, he pooped 1.41 times per day. When he isn't coding, or writing content, he spends his time enjoying various leisurely pursuits.

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