The method outlined in this post is in my opinion the very best way1 to run
Stata and generate dynamic and reproducible research documents that you can share with co-authors, instructors, etc. This method requires some setup including the installation of python. We cover in detail most of these steps.
stata_kernel needs a proper python installation with
Jupyter installed. My preferred method of doing this is to use
Anaconda Python along with several python libraries. The
stata_kernel install page provides full instructions for installing
Anaconda python and all packages necessary for getting this running (note: the mechanics of doing this is outlined below).
This part goes into a bit more detail on how to actually perform the installation steps after you've installed
Anaconda Python. You should be able to run the "Anaconda Navigator" and once launched you should see something like what is pictured below:
Launch "Jupyter Lab" (you may need to install it first using the install button on the icon), and you will see this:
except that your machine probably won't have "Stata" listed under "Notebooks" or "Consoles". To add that, click on "Terminal" and you will see something like this:
Run the following commands to complete the installation:
pip install stata_kernel
python -m stata_kernel.install
conda install nodejs -y, or if this fails, run
conda install -c conda-forge nodejs -y
jupyter labextension install jupyterlab-stata-highlight
Now you should see "Stata" listed as I do below:
Running Stata Commands in Jupyter Notebook
Clicking on "Stata" in the "Notebook" section will give you this:
You can then enter stata code directly in the notebook and use "Ctrl-Enter" to execute a cell. Here is code and output:
You can add "Markdown" math and other notation by toggling between code and markdown in new cells. See a quick demo from the stata kernel project below:
I use and love Emacs in tandem with the
stata_kernel to develop dynamic documents. For me this is superior to Jupyter Lab, but the startup costs are very high and therefore don't recommend it for most people (Emacs is tough to learn).