Starting Python in Windows
If you used the bundle installation you should be able to use the context menus to get started. Right-click on the folder containing the data you wish to analyse and select “Jupyter notebook here” or “Jupyter qtconsole here”. We recommend the former, since notebooks have many advantages over conventional consoles, as will be illustrated in later sections. The examples in some later sections assume Notebook operation. A new tab should appear in your default browser listing the files in the selected folder. To start a python notebook choose “Python 3” in the “New” drop-down menu at the top right of the page. Another new tab will open which is your Notebook.
Starting Python in Linux and MacOS
You can start IPython by opening a system terminal and executing
(optionally followed by the “frontend”: “qtconsole” for example). However, in
most cases, the most agreeable way to work with HyperSpy interactively
is using the Jupyter Notebook (previously known as
the IPython Notebook), which can be started as follows:
$ jupyter notebook
Starting HyperSpy in the notebook (or terminal)
Typically you will need to set up IPython for interactive plotting with
%matplotlib (which is known as a ‘Jupyter magic’)
before executing any plotting command. So, typically, after starting
IPython, you can import HyperSpy and set up interactive matplotlib plotting by
executing the following two lines in the IPython terminal (In these docs we
normally use the general Python prompt symbol
>>> but you will probably
In : etc.):
>>> %matplotlib qt >>> import hyperspy.api as hs
Note that to execute lines of code in the notebook you must press
Shift+Return. (For details about notebooks and their functionality try
the help menu in the notebook). Next, import two useful modules: numpy and
matplotlib.pyplot, as follows:
>>> import numpy as np >>> import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
Possible warnings when importing HyperSpy?
HyperSpy supports different GUIs and matplotlib backends which in specific cases can lead to warnings when importing HyperSpy. Most of the time there is nothing to worry about — the warnings simply inform you of several choices you have. There may be several causes for a warning, for example:
not all the GUIs packages are installed. If none is installed, we reccomend you to install at least the
hyperspy-gui-ipywidgetspackage is your are planning to perform interactive data analysis in the Jupyter Notebook. Otherwise, you can simply disable the warning in preferences as explained below.
hyperspy-gui-traitsuipackage is installed and you are using an incompatible matplotlib backend (e.g.
If you want to use the traitsui GUI, use the
qtmatplotlib backend instead.
Alternatively, if you prefer to use the
widgetmatplotlib backend, and if you don’t want to see the (harmless) warning, make sure that you have the
hyperspy-gui-ipywidgetsinstalled and disable the traitsui GUI in the preferences.
By default, HyperSpy warns the user if one of the GUI packages is not installed. These warnings can be turned off using the preferences GUI or programmatically as follows:
>>> import hyperspy.api as hs >>> hs.preferences.GUIs.warn_if_guis_are_missing = False >>> hs.preferences.save()
Changed in version v1.3: HyperSpy works with all matplotlib backends, including the
nbAgg) backend that enables interactive plotting embedded
in the jupyter notebook.
When running in a headless system it is necessary to set the matplotlib backend appropiately to avoid a cannot connect to X server error, for example as follows:
>>> import matplotlib >>> matplotlib.rcParams["backend"] = "Agg" >>> import hyperspy.api as hs
When using IPython, the documentation (docstring in Python jargon) can be accessed by adding a question mark to the name of a function. e.g.:
>>> hs? >>> hs.load? >>> hs.signals?
This syntax is a shortcut to the standard way one of displaying the help associated to a given functions (docstring in Python jargon) and it is one of the many features of IPython, which is the interactive python shell that HyperSpy uses under the hood.
Please note that the documentation of the code is a work in progress, so not all the objects are documented yet.
Up-to-date documentation is always available in the HyperSpy website.
Another useful IPython feature is the autocompletion of commands and filenames using the tab and arrow keys. It is highly recommended to read the Ipython documentation (specially their Getting started section) for many more useful features that will boost your efficiency when working with HyperSpy/Python interactively.
Once HyperSpy is running, to load from a supported file format (see Supported formats) simply type:
>>> s = hs.load("filename")
The load function returns an object that contains data read from the file.
We assign this object to the variable
s but you can choose any (valid)
variable name you like. for the filename, don't forget to include the
quotation marks and the file extension.
If no argument is passed to the load function, a window will be raised that allows to select a single file through your OS file manager, e.g.:
>>> # This raises the load user interface >>> s = hs.load()
It is also possible to load multiple files at once or even stack multiple files. For more details read Loading files: the load function
“Loading” data from a numpy array
HyperSpy can operate on any numpy array by assigning it to a BaseSignal class.
This is useful e.g. for loading data stored in a format that is not yet
supported by HyperSpy—supposing that they can be read with another Python
library—or to explore numpy arrays generated by other Python
libraries. Simply select the most appropriate signal from the
signals module and create a new instance by passing a numpy array
to the constructor e.g.
>>> my_np_array = np.random.random((10,20,100)) >>> s = hs.signals.Signal1D(my_np_array) >>> s <Signal1D, title: , dimensions: (20, 10|100)>
The numpy array is stored in the
of the signal class.
Loading example data and data from online databases
HyperSpy is distributed with some example data that can be found in hs.datasets.example_signals. The following example plots one of the example signals:
New in version 1.4:
There are also artificial datasets, which are made to resemble real experimental data.
>>> s = hs.datasets.artificial_data.get_core_loss_eels_signal() >>> s.plot()
>>> hs.datasets.eelsdb(formula="B2O3") [<EELSSpectrum, title: Boron oxide, dimensions: (|520)>, <EELSSpectrum, title: Boron oxide, dimensions: (|520)>]
The data can be saved to several file formats. The format is specified by the extension of the filename.
>>> # load the data >>> d = hs.load("example.tif") >>> # save the data as a tiff >>> d.save("example_processed.tif") >>> # save the data as a png >>> d.save("example_processed.png") >>> # save the data as an hspy file >>> d.save("example_processed.hspy")
Some file formats are much better at maintaining the information about how you processed your data. The preferred format in HyperSpy is hspy, which is based on the HDF5 format. This format keeps the most information possible.
There are optional flags that may be passed to the save function. See Saving data to files for more details.
Accessing and setting the metadata
When loading a file HyperSpy stores all metadata in the BaseSignal
original_metadata attribute. In addition,
some of those metadata and any new metadata generated by HyperSpy are stored in
>>> s = hs.load("NbO2_Nb_M_David_Bach,_Wilfried_Sigle_217.msa") >>> s.metadata ├── original_filename = NbO2_Nb_M_David_Bach,_Wilfried_Sigle_217.msa ├── record_by = spectrum ├── signal_type = EELS └── title = NbO2_Nb_M_David_Bach,_Wilfried_Sigle_217 >>> s.original_metadata ├── DATATYPE = XY ├── DATE = ├── FORMAT = EMSA/MAS Spectral Data File ├── NCOLUMNS = 1.0 ├── NPOINTS = 1340.0 ├── OFFSET = 120.0003 ├── OWNER = eelsdatabase.net ├── SIGNALTYPE = ELS ├── TIME = ├── TITLE = NbO2_Nb_M_David_Bach,_Wilfried_Sigle_217 ├── VERSION = 1.0 ├── XPERCHAN = 0.5 ├── XUNITS = eV └── YUNITS = >>> s.set_microscope_parameters(100, 10, 20) >>> s.metadata ├── TEM │ ├── EELS │ │ └── collection_angle = 20 │ ├── beam_energy = 100 │ └── convergence_angle = 10 ├── original_filename = NbO2_Nb_M_David_Bach,_Wilfried_Sigle_217.msa ├── record_by = spectrum ├── signal_type = EELS └── title = NbO2_Nb_M_David_Bach,_Wilfried_Sigle_217 >>> s.metadata.TEM.microscope = "STEM VG" >>> s.metadata ├── TEM │ ├── EELS │ │ └── collection_angle = 20 │ ├── beam_energy = 100 │ ├── convergence_angle = 10 │ └── microscope = STEM VG ├── original_filename = NbO2_Nb_M_David_Bach,_Wilfried_Sigle_217.msa ├── record_by = spectrum ├── signal_type = EELS └── title = NbO2_Nb_M_David_Bach,_Wilfried_Sigle_217
The behaviour of HyperSpy can be customised using the
Preferences class. The easiest way to do it is by
This command should raise the Preferences user interface if one of the hyperspy gui packages are installed and enabled:
New in version 1.3: Possibility to enable/disable GUIs in the preferences.
It is also possible to set the preferences programmatically. For example, to disable the traitsui GUI elements and save the changes to disk:
>>> hs.preferences.GUIs.enable_traitsui_gui = False >>> hs.preferences.save() >>> # if not saved, this setting will be used until the next jupyter kernel shutdown
Changed in version 1.3: The following items were removed from preferences:
HyperSpy writes messages to the Python logger. The
default log level is “WARNING”, meaning that only warnings and more severe
event messages will be displayed. The default can be set in the
preferences. Alternatively, it can be set
>>> import hyperspy.api as hs >>> hs.set_log_level('INFO') >>> hs.load(r'my_file.dm3') INFO:hyperspy.io_plugins.digital_micrograph:DM version: 3 INFO:hyperspy.io_plugins.digital_micrograph:size 4796607 B INFO:hyperspy.io_plugins.digital_micrograph:Is file Little endian? True INFO:hyperspy.io_plugins.digital_micrograph:Total tags in root group: 15 <Signal2D, title: My file, dimensions: (|1024, 1024)