%load: Load code into the current frontend.
%load lets you load in code from a filename, input history range, macro, an element in the user namespace, or even from a URL. It is very useful for taking a section of code from something like a GitHub repo and being able to load it directly into the shell so you can test it or use it.
If you feed in a large section of code, you can specify which lines you want by passing in the range parameter (
-r). Below is an example of loading a utility function from the
requests library. It passes in the
import socket on line 15, and then subsequently loads lines 651-660 for a function that determines if a passed-in string is an IPV4 address:
In : %load -r 15,651-660 https://raw.githubusercontent.com/psf/requests/master/requests/utils.py In : # %load -r 15,651-660 https://raw.githubusercontent.com/psf/requests/master/requests/utils.py ...: import socket ...: ...: ...: def is_ipv4_address(string_ip): ...: """ ...: :rtype: bool ...: """ ...: try: ...: socket.inet_aton(string_ip) ...: except socket.error: ...: return False ...: return True ...: In : is_ipv4_address("192.168.0.1") Out: True In : is_ipv4_address("pizza-is-delicious") Out: False