Python Script


Extends functionalities through Python scripting.



  • in_data (

    Input data set bound to in_data variable in the script’s local namespace.

  • in_distance (Orange.core.SymMatrix)

    Input symmetric matrix bound to in_distance variable in the script’s local namespace.

  • in_learner (Orange.classification.Learner)

    Input learner bound to in_learner variable in the script’s local namespace.

  • in_classifier (Orange.classification.Learner)

    Input classifier bound to in_classifier variable in the script’s local namespace.

  • in_object (object)

    Input python object bound to in_object variable in the script’s local namespace.


  • out_data (

    Data set retrieved from out_data variable in the script’s local namespace after execution.

  • out_distance (Orange.core.SymMatrix)

    Symmetric matrix retrieved from out_distance variable in the script’s local namespace after execution.

  • out_learner (Orange.classification.Learner)

    Learner retrieved from out_learner variable in the script’s local namespace.

  • out_classifier (Orange.classification.Learner)

    Classifier retrieved from out_classifier variable in the script’s local namespace after execution.

  • out_object (object)

    Python object retrieved from out_object variable in the script’s local namespace after execution.


Python Script widget can be used to run a python script in the input, when a suitable functionality is not implemented in an existing widget. The script has in_data, in_distance, in_learner, in_classifier and in_object variables (from input signals) in its local namespace. If a signal is not connected or it did not yet receive any data, those variables contain None.

After the script is executed, out_data, out_distance, … variables from the script’s local namespace are extracted and used as outputs of the widget. The widget can be further connected to other widgets for visualizing the output.

For instance the following script would simply pass on all signals it receives:

out_data = in_data
out_distance = in_distance
out_learner = in_learner
out_classifier = in_classifier
out_object = in_object


You should not modify the input objects in place.

  1. Info box contains names of basic operators for Orange Python script.
  2. The Library control can be used to manage multiple scripts. Pressing “+” will add a new entry and open it in the Python script editor. When the script is modified, its entry in the Library will change to indicate it has unsaved changes. Pressing Update will save the script (keyboard shortcut ctrl + s). A script can be removed by selecting it and pressing the “-” button.
  3. Pressing Execute in the Run box executes the script (using exec). Any script output (from print) is captured and displayed in the Console below the script. If Auto execute is checked, the script is run any time inputs to the widget change.
  4. The Python script editor on the left can be used to edit a script (it supports some rudimentary syntax highlighting).
  5. Console displays the output of the script.


Python Script widget is intended to extend functionalities for advanced users.

One can, for example, do batch filtering by attributes. We used for the example and we filtered out all the attributes that have more than 5 discrete values. This in our case removed only ‘leg’ attribute, but imagine an example where one would have many such attributes.

from import Domain, Table
domain = Domain([attr for attr in in_data.domain.attributes
                 if attr.is_continuous or len(attr.values) <= 5],
out_data = Table(domain, in_data)

The second example shows how to round all the values in a few lines of code. This time we used and rounded all the values to whole numbers.

import numpy as np
out_data = in_data.copy()
#copy, otherwise input data will be overwritten
np.round(out_data.X, 0, out_data.X)

The third example introduces some gaussian noise to the data. Again we make a copy of the input data, then walk through all the values with a double for loop and add random noise.

import random
from import Domain, Table
new_data = in_data.copy()
for inst in new_data:
  for f in inst.domain.attributes:
    inst[f] += random.gauss(0, 0.02)
out_data = new_data

The final example uses Orange3-Text add-on. Python Script is very useful for custom preprocessing in text mining, extracting new features from strings, or utilizing advanced nltk or gensim functions. Below, we simply tokenized our input data from by splitting them by whitespace.

print('Running Preprocessing ...')
tokens = [doc.split(' ') for doc in in_data.documents]
print('Tokens:', tokens)
out_object = in_data

You can add a lot of other preprocessing steps to further adjust the output. The output of Python Script can be used with any widget that accepts the type of output your script produces. In this case, connection is green, which signalizes the right type of input for Word Cloud widget.