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JMP is Pythonic! Enhanced Python Integration in JMP 18

JMP 18 has a new way to integrate with Python. The JMP 18 installation comes with an independent Python environment designed to be used with JMP. In addition, JMP now has a native Python editor and Python packages specific to JMP. This JMP Python environment has enhanced connectivity and interaction with JMP, which means using Python with JMP has never been easier.

In this series of blog posts, I introduce you to the new capabilities in the Python integration with JMP. This post walks through the new Python Script Editor in JMP. In upcoming posts, I cover other new features of the integration, as well as package management.

JMP Python Script Editor

In previous versions of JMP, the only way to execute Python code was to make a connection to an externally installed Python environment, and then use a JMP Scripting Language (JSL) wrapper function to submit the Python code to that environment. Now you can edit and submit a Python script directly in JMP! Simply open a Python script in JMP or create a new one from the File menu (File > New > Python Script).


The new Python script editor has syntax highlighting and allows you to code in Python in a more natural way. Clicking the Run Script button executes the Python code, and messages logged in Python are listed in the JMP Log. 

jmp and jmputils Python packages

Along with the new JMP Python environment come two new “JMP aware” Python packages: jmp and jmputils.

With the jmp package you can:

  • Run JSL from Python using jmp.run_jsl(‘’’jsl script’’’).
  • Open, close, and save data tables.
  • Get information on a table open in JMP.
  • Create JMP data tables, add/delete/modify JMP data table columns, and add/delete JMP data table rows.
  • Access data in a JMP data table directly in-memory at the column or cell level using zero-based indexed array operators on data tables. This indexing also supports Python slice operators on both column and row indices.
  • Use a JMP data table and a JMP data table column as a sequence for Python iteration.

With the jmputils package you can:

  • Use the jmputils.create_jmp(dir_path) to create a command line JMP pip (jpip) script in the specified directory. This script can then be used to install packages in the JMP Python environment. Note that installing from the command line is sometimes necessary for certain python packages.
  • Use the jmputils.jpip( ) function to install python packages in the JMP Python environment.

All of these functions are described in more detail in the help documentation[LINK], and there is also a new Python category in the JMP Scripting Index that lists all of these packages and functions.



Python JSL Functions

As with previous versions of JMP, you can run Python from JSL with the Python Execute( ), Python Submit( ) and Python Submit File( ) functions. You can also transfer data to and from JMP and Python with the Python Send( ) and Python Get( ) functions.

Changes to the Python JSL functions include:

  • Python Connect( ) remains to support creation of a scriptable object in JMP to the local Python.
  • Python Send(data_table) now creates a jmp.Datatable object in Python which is a live reference to JMP data table accessible in-memory from Python. Previously, a copy of the data_table was created as a pandas.DataFrame by exporting the table as a CSV file to disk, and having pandas read the CSV file, which could be very slow for large data tables and could cause data degradation due to binary->text->binary conversion.
  • Python Get(object_name):
    • If the object_name is a variable name that references an open JMP data table in Python, it returns a JSL scriptable object reference to the JMP data table referenced by the Python variable name.
    • If the object_name is a Python pandas data frame, it will write the pandas data frame to a CSV file and then open that file as new JMP data table. This approach is not recommended, however, given the new ability to create and connect JMP data tables in-memory from Python.

Deprecated JSL Python functions that are no longer needed:

  • Python Get Graphics( )
  • Python Control( )
  • Python Init( )
  • Python Is Connected( )
  • Python Term( )

New JSL Python functions include:

  • Python Install Packages( ) allows you to install python packages in the JMP Python environment.
  • Python Create JPIP( ) creates a command line script that wraps the JMP jpip and that can be used to install python packages from the command line in the operating system. The script is written to a director chosen with a directory picker dialog.
Last Modified: Feb 29, 2024 12:25 AM