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Create HTML profiling reports from pandas DataFrame objects

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Pandas Profiling

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Generates profile reports from a pandas DataFrame. The pandas df.describe() function is great but a little basic for serious exploratory data analysis. pandas_profiling extends the pandas DataFrame with df.profile_report() for quick data analysis.

For each column the following statistics - if relevant for the column type - are presented in an interactive HTML report:

  • Type inference: detect the types of columns in a dataframe.
  • Essentials: type, unique values, missing values
  • Quantile statistics like minimum value, Q1, median, Q3, maximum, range, interquartile range
  • Descriptive statistics like mean, mode, standard deviation, sum, median absolute deviation, coefficient of variation, kurtosis, skewness
  • Most frequent values
  • Histogram
  • Correlations highlighting of highly correlated variables, Spearman, Pearson and Kendall matrices
  • Missing values matrix, count, heatmap and dendrogram of missing values
  • Text analysis learn about categories (Uppercase, Space), scripts (Latin, Cyrillic) and blocks (ASCII) of text data.


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The v2.5.0 release includes many new features and stability improvements.

February 14, 2020 💘

Contents: Examples | Installation | Documentation | Large datasets | Command line usage | Advanced usage | Types | How to contribute | Editor Integration | Dependencies


The following examples can give you an impression of what the package can do:


Using pip

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You can install using the pip package manager by running

pip install pandas-profiling[notebook,html]

Alternatively, you could install directly from Github:

pip install

Using conda

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You can install using the conda package manager by running

conda install -c conda-forge pandas-profiling

From source

Download the source code by cloning the repository or by pressing ‘Download ZIP’ on this page. Install by navigating to the proper directory and running

python install


The documentation for pandas_profiling can be found here.

Getting started

Start by loading in your pandas DataFrame, e.g. by using

import numpy as np
import pandas as pd
from pandas_profiling import ProfileReport

df = pd.DataFrame(
    np.random.rand(100, 5),
    columns=['a', 'b', 'c', 'd', 'e']

To generate the report, run:

profile = ProfileReport(df, title='Pandas Profiling Report', html={'style':{'full_width':True}})

Jupyter Notebook

We recommend generating reports interactively by using the Jupyter notebook. There are two interfaces (see animations below): through widgets and through a HTML report.

This is achieved by simply displaying the report. In the Jupyter Notebook, run:


The HTML report can be included in a Juyter notebook:

Run the following code:


Saving the report

If you want to generate a HTML report file, save the ProfileReport to an object and use the to_file() function:


Alternatively, you can obtain the data as json:

# As a string
json_data = profile.to_json()

# As a file

Large datasets

Version 2.4 introduces minimal mode. This is a default configuration that disables expensive computations (such as correlations and dynamic binning). Use the following syntax:

profile = ProfileReport(large_dataset, minimal=True)

Command line usage

For standard formatted CSV files that can be read immediately by pandas, you can use the pandas_profiling executable. Run

pandas_profiling -h

for information about options and arguments.

Advanced usage

A set of options is available in order to adapt the report generated.

  • title (str): Title for the report (‘Pandas Profiling Report’ by default).
  • pool_size (int): Number of workers in thread pool. When set to zero, it is set to the number of CPUs available (0 by default).
  • progress_bar (bool): If True, pandas-profiling will display a progress bar.

More settings can be found in the default configuration file, minimal configuration file and dark themed configuration file.


profile = df.profile_report(title='Pandas Profiling Report', plot={'histogram': {'bins': 8}})


Types are a powerful abstraction for effective data analysis, that goes beyond the logical data types (integer, float etc.). pandas-profiling currently recognizes the following types:

  • Boolean
  • Numerical
  • Date
  • Categorical
  • URL
  • Path

We have developed a type system for Python, tailored for data analysis: visions. Selecting the right typeset drastically reduces the complexity the code of your analysis. Future versions of pandas-profiling will have extended type support through visions!

How to contribute

Questions: Stackoverflow “pandas-profiling”

The package is actively maintained and developed as open-source software. If pandas-profiling was helpful or interesting to you, you might want to get involved. There are several ways of contributing and helping our thousands of users. If you would like to be a industry partner or sponsor, please drop us a line.

The documentation is generated using pdoc3. If you are contributing to this project, you can rebuild the documentation using:

make docs

or on Windows:

make.bat docs

Read more on getting involved in the Contribution Guide.

Editor integration

PyCharm integration

  1. Install pandas-profiling via the instructions above

  2. Locate your pandas-profiling executable.

    On macOS / Linux / BSD:

    $ which pandas_profiling
    (example) /usr/local/bin/pandas_profiling


    On Windows:

    $ where pandas_profiling
    (example) C:\ProgramData\Anaconda3\Scripts\pandas_profiling.exe


  3. In Pycharm, go to Settings (or Preferences on macOS) > Tools > External tools

  4. Click the + icon to add a new external tool

  5. Insert the following values

    • Name: Pandas Profiling
    • Program: The location obtained in step 2
    • Arguments: “$FilePath$” “$FileDir$/$FileNameWithoutAllExtensions$_report.html”
    • Working Directory: $ProjectFileDir$

To use the PyCharm Integration, right click on any dataset file: External Tools > Pandas Profiling.

Other integrations

Other editor integrations may be contributed via pull requests.


The profile report is written in HTML and CSS, which means pandas-profiling requires a modern browser.

You need Python 3 to run this package. Other dependencies can be found in the requirements files:

Filename Requirements
requirements.txt Package requirements
requirements-dev.txt Requirements for development
requirements-test.txt Requirements for testing Requirements for Widgets etc.
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