0.12.5 (March 2017)

Bokeh Version 0.12.5 is an incremental update that adds a few important features and fixes several bugs. Some of the highlights include:

  • New general capability for Python/JS events (#3210, #3748, #5278)
  • Bokeh apps easily viewable inline in Jupyter Notebooks (#3461)
  • Confusing --host parameter no longer necessary (#5692)
  • Interactive legends can now control glyph visibility (#2274, #3715)
  • Many fixes and improvements to GMapPlot including a new gmap function for creating Google Maps plots easily (#2822, #2940, #3737, #4835, #5592, #5826, #5845)
  • CustomJSTransform now available for CDS columns (#5015)
  • Sophisticated “pivot” example app contributed (#5894)
  • Themes now work with components and in Jupyter notebooks (#4722, #4952, )

Many other bugfixes and docs additions are also included. For full details see the CHANGELOG.

NOTE: the 0.12.x series is the last planned release series before a version 1.0 release. The focus of the 1.0 release will be implementing build automation to enforce API stability, and a very small number of high value features. For more information see the project roadmap.

Known Issues

The ClientSession APIs defined in bokeh.client.session, such as push_session, don’t currently support the new on_event interface for UI event callbacks in Bokeh Server application. You may track the issue on GitHub (#6092).

Migration Guide

As the project approaches a 1.0 release, it is necessary to make some changes to bring interfaces and functionality up to a point that can be maintained long-term. We try to limit such changes as much as possible, and have a period of deprecation.

New Deprecations


Bokeh’s MPL compatibility was implemented using a third-party library that only exposes a small fraction of all Matplotlib functionality, and is now no longer being actively maintained. The Bokeh team unfortunately does not have the resources to continue supporting this functionality, which was never more than extremely limited in capability, and often produced substandard results. Accordingly, in order to support the long term health of the project, it has been decided to remove all MPL compatibility support on the occasion of a 1.0 release. Any code that currently uses to_bokeh will continue to work with a deprecation warning until that time.

The bokeh.embed.standalone_html_page_for_models method has been deprecated in place of bokeh.embed.file_html. For details see pull request 5978.

The validate keyword argument to bokeh.io.save has been deprecated. Future usage of bokeh.io.save will always validate the document before outputting a file.

Deprecations removed

All previous deprecations up to 0.12.0 have be removed. Below is the complete list of removals.

Modules and functions and classes that have been removed:

Functions Removed Modules Removed Classes Removed
bokeh.embed.components bokeh.browserlib bokeh.core.properties.TitleProp
bokeh.charts.hplot bokeh.mixins bokeh.models.layouts.GridPlot
bokeh.charts.vplot bokeh.plotting_helpers bokeh.models.layouts.VBoxForm
bokeh.io.hplot bokeh.properties  
bokeh.io.vplot bokeh.templates  

The methods bokeh.document.add and push_notebook of ColumnDataSource have been removed.

The bokeh.io.output_server function has been also been removed. Additionally, bokeh.io.push and other supporting functions or properties that are useless without output_server have been removed. This includes any transitive imports of these functions from other modules.

Additionally, the property bokeh.charts.builder.Builder.sort_legend was removed, as well as the following properties of Plot

  • border_fill
  • background_fill
  • logo
  • responsive
  • title_text_align
  • title_text_alpha
  • title_text_baseline
  • title_text_color
  • title_text_font
  • title_text_font_size

Host Parameter Obsoleted

The --host parameter is now unnecessary. For compatibility, supplying it will currently cause a warning to be displayed, but it will otherwise be ignored, and apps will run as normal. In a future release, supplying it will result in an error.

The --host parameter for the Bokeh server was confusing and difficult to explain. As long as the Bokeh server relied on the HTTP “host” header to provide URLs to resources, the --host parameter was a necessary precaution against certain kinds of HTTP spoofing attacks. However, the Bokeh server has been updated to no longer require the use of the “host” header (and this is maintained under test). Accordingly, there is no need to have any check on the value of the “host” header, and so --host is no longer needed.

Document and Model Refactoring

In order that document.py and models.py only contain things that might be of usual interest to users, some changes and rearrangements were made.

The abstract class decorator was moved from models.py to has_props.py. The class decorator now also adds an admonition to the docstring of any class marked abstract that it is not useful to instantiate directly.

The metaclass Viewable has been renamed to MetaModel.

The document.py module has been split up, and parts that would not be of normal interest to most users have been moved to better locations.

These changes are not expected to impact user code in any way. For complete details see pull request 5786.

JQuery and underscore.js removed from BokehJS

JQuery has been removed as a build dependency of BokehJS. The variable Bokeh.$ is no longer available. If you require JQuery (i.e. for a custom extension or when using the JavaScript API) you will need to provide it explicitly.

underscore.js has been removed as a build dependency of BokehJS. The variable Bokeh._ is no longer available. If you require underscore.js (i.e. for a custom extension or when using the JavaScript API) you will need to provide it explicitly.

Both of these removals together result in a ~10% reduction in the size of the minified BokehJS library.

Default tooltip position for lines changed to nearest point

When showing tooltips for lines, the new default is to label the nearest point, instead of the previous point, which used to be the default.

HTTP Request information for apps limited to query arguments

The request previously attribute was added to session contexts as a way to expose HTTP query parameters. It was discovered that providing the entire request is not compatible with the usage of --num-procs. A method was found to satisfy the original feature request for query arguments, together with --num-procs (but only for query arguments). Accordingly the only attribute that can now be accessed on request is .arguments, e.g.:


Attempting to access any other attribute on request will result in an error.

Default save file

If user-specified or default destination cannot be written to, a temporary file is generated instead. This mostly affects using output_file in an interactive session which formerly could result in a PermissionError. For details see pull request 5942.

The bokeh.io.save method will now only accept a LayoutDOM object and no longer a Document object for its obj argument. This aligns the bokeh.io.save argument types with bokeh.io.show.

Reorganization of bokeh’s examples

Low-level examples, located under examples/models, were split into file and server examples and are available under examples/models/file and examples/models/server respectively (similarly to plotting examples).

Enabling WebGL via URL parameters disallowed

Previously it was possible to enable WebGL with ?webgl=1 URL parameter. With addition of a separate bokeh-gl bundle, this usage is no longer supportable. WebGL rendering is still configurable using the Plot.webgl property.