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Common problems and solutions

Questions or issues that you may encounter when working with ArcGIS Notebook Server are listed, and solutions are suggested. If you don't find the problem you're looking for, you can also search for articles on the Esri Support center website.


Access to notebooks



When loading the Docker container image I received from My Esri, it fails with the note no space left on device.

Docker uses the /var drive to load container images. Ensure that the /var drive has at least 50 GB of space when installing ArcGIS Notebook Server, or move the local registry for Docker to another location with adequate space.

Access to notebooks

When I try to open a notebook, I get this error: Unable to load.

The SSL certificate configured with the ArcGIS Notebook Server site web adaptor is not trusted by your web browser. Ensure that you have a CA-signed certificate configured and HTTPS is enabled on your site.

If you're using a self-signed certificate in a development or staging environment, open the URL of your ArcGIS Notebook Server Administrator Directory and add an exception in your web browser to trust the self-signed certificate.

When I try to open a notebook, I get this error: Error opening notebook. Unable to connect to the Docker environment on the notebook server. Please make sure that the notebook server prerequisites to run Docker have been met.

One or more of the prerequisite settings that allow the Docker Engine component to work with ArcGIS Notebook Server have not been configured. Refer to the following topics in the installation guide for more information:

When you verify that all necessary settings have been configured, run the following in a command prompt to confirm that Docker is running on your ArcGIS Notebook Server machine:

docker version
docker run hello-world

When I try to open a notebook, I get an error that the container is not running.

If this error message appears, the container is available but is not in a running or usable state. To make it accessible, you must terminate the container using the Administrator Directory. Ensure that you're terminating the container specified in the error message. Once it's been terminated, have the notebook owner reopen the notebook, which will relaunch the container.


When I run a notebook cell with Python code that uses an ArcGIS Enterprise portal item, the request times out. This happens whenever I run a cell that contains a remote URL.

The network being used by the Docker containers running in your site is conflicting with your ArcGIS Enterprise network, which blocks the Python code from connecting to the network. Refer to the Docker documentation on configuring networking. When you've configured your network for Docker, run your notebooks again.

When I run the default first notebook cell (including the string gis = GIS("home")), I get a URL error saying Temporary failure in name resolution.

This error can occur when ArcGIS Notebook Server and its Docker component are installed on the same machine as other ArcGIS Enterprise components. It occurs because the default privatePortalUrl property stored in ArcGIS Notebook Server is a shortened version of the fully qualified domain name. This causes a failure when attempting to contact the portal.

The solution is to amend the privatePortalUrl property to be the fully qualified domain name of the ArcGIS Notebook Server site:

  1. Sign in to the ArcGIS Portal Directory as a member of the default administrator role in your portal. The URL format is
  2. Click System > Properties > Update Properties.
  3. On the Update System Properties dialog box, insert a JSON string with the fully qualified domain name of the portal in the following format:
    { "privatePortalUrl": "" }

When I run the default first notebook cell (including the string gis = GIS("home")), I get an error stating: ConnectionError: A connection error has occurred: HTTPSConnectionPool(host=,port=443): Max retires exceeded with url: /portal/sharing/rest/info=fjson (caused by NewConnectionError ('urllib3.connection.HTTPSConnection object at 0x7f672e592b0>: Failed to establish a new connection: [Errno -3] Temporary failure in name resolution'))

When deploying Docker containers, name servers are copied from the resolv.conf file of the host machine. This can result in errors on setups that use public DNS servers for machines, as the Docker containers need to be able to resolve internal DNS names.

The solution is to configure dockerExtraHosts in the ArcGIS Notebook Server system properties:

  1. Open the URL of your ArcGIS Notebook Server Administrator Directory.
  2. Click System > Properties > Update Properties
  3. In the Update System Properties dialogue box, insert a JSON string of the host names and IP addresses in the following format:
    { "dockerExtraHosts": [ { "hostname" : "<host name>", "ip" : "" } ] }