Where Does Jupyter Notebook Save Files

Operating Systems

Have you ever wondered where Jupyter Notebook saves your files? As a frequent user of Jupyter Notebook, I was curious about this too. In this article, I will delve into the depths of Jupyter Notebook and uncover the secret location where your precious files are stored.


Jupyter Notebook is an incredibly popular tool among data scientists and developers for its ability to combine code, text, and visualizations in a single document. However, when it comes to saving and accessing your files, it’s important to know where they are stored.

By default, Jupyter Notebook saves your files in the directory where you launched the notebook server. This means that if you started your notebook server from the command line in the directory “/Users/username/Documents”, any files you create or save within the notebook will be stored in this directory.

The Default File Location

As mentioned earlier, the default location where Jupyter Notebook saves your files is the directory where you launched the notebook server. This can be quite convenient, especially if you want to keep all your notebook files organized in one place.

However, if you prefer to save your notebooks in a different directory, you can specify the desired directory when launching the Jupyter Notebook server. To do this, simply navigate to the desired directory in your command line interface and use the command:

jupyter notebook --notebook-dir=/path/to/desired/directory

This will start the Jupyter Notebook server in the specified directory and any new notebooks or files you create will be saved there.

Customizing the File Location

If you frequently work with different projects or want to keep your notebooks organized by topic, you might find it useful to customize the file location for each notebook. Fortunately, Jupyter Notebook provides a simple way to do this.

Within Jupyter Notebook, click on the “File” menu at the top of the page, then select “Save and Checkpoint” to save your current notebook. In the file browser that appears, navigate to the desired directory where you want to save the notebook. Once you have selected the directory, click on the “Save” button. From this point onwards, all future saves of this notebook will be stored in the selected directory.


Now that we have uncovered the mystery of where Jupyter Notebook saves your files, you can confidently navigate your way through your projects and keep your files organized. Whether you choose to stick with the default directory or customize it to suit your needs, understanding the file location is an essential aspect of using Jupyter Notebook effectively.

So go ahead, explore the world of Jupyter Notebook, create amazing projects, and let your creative ideas come to life!