Your consent is required to get Jupyter news (this is an opt-in feature). Once you have answered the request, you can change your decision in the Notification settings.


The frontend plugin requesting the news and checking for the update is @jupyterlab/apputils-extension:announcements. It can be disabled as any plugin by executing in a terminal prior to start JupyterLab:

jupyter labextension disable "@jupyterlab/apputils-extension:announcements"

Check for updates#

You can also control whether to check for updates or not at two levels:

  • on the server side through a command-line option --LabApp.check_for_updates_class="jupyterlab.NeverCheckForUpdate"

  • on the frontend through the setting checkForUpdates in the Notification section.

You can also provide your own class to check for updates. The abstract class to implement is jupyterlab.handlers.announcements.CheckForUpdateABC.

Jupyter news#

The news are fetched from a news feed. The URL can be customized to point to any Atom feed using the command line option --LabApp.news_url="<URL_TO_FEED_XML_FILE>".


To deactivate the announcements on Binder, you can change the default settings. To do that, you will need to add those two files in your Binder configuration:

  "@jupyterlab/apputils-extension:notification": {
    "fetchNews": "false"
#!/usr/bin/env bash
set -eux

mkdir -p ${NB_PYTHON_PREFIX}/share/jupyter/lab/settings
cp overrides.json ${NB_PYTHON_PREFIX}/share/jupyter/lab/settings