Project sessions#

In Data Science & AI Workbench, sessions provide you with Integrated Development Environments (IDEs) for project development, enabling you to write code, explore and visualize data, develop and evaluate models, and apply project configurations in a centralized and collaborative environment.

Once you have created or cloned a project, you can immediately begin working with it by “Opening” a session.

Opening a project session#

There are multiple ways to open a session for a project:

  1. From the Projects page, click Open session within any project tile in the grid to open a session for that project.

  2. Once the session has been successfully created, click Return to session to open an editor session for your project.

  1. From the Projects page, open the project’s actions menu and select Open session.

  2. Click Active session, or open the project’s actions menu and select Return to session.

  1. From the Projects page, click on the title of any project. The project’s settings page will open.

  2. Select Session from the left-hand navigation.

  3. Click Open a session.


You can change the default editor for your project from the settings menu.

By default, projects in Workbench are created with their own internal Git repository, enabling you to leverage standard Git workflows to manage your project versions and collaborate on projects with others in the platform. For more information, see Branching and merging.


  • Click Open session in new tab to open your project session editor without the Workbench interface showing.

  • For help managing environments, packages, environment variables, and commands for your project, see Project Configurations.

  • Sessions are not shared. Each user creates a unique session for working with a given project.


If your session opens before your environment has finished preparing, your environment tile displays the text Preparing.... Allow the environment time to complete before attempting to work in a notebook.

Stopping project sessions#

Anaconda recommends stopping project sessions when not actively working in them as a best practice to maintain system performance and reduce costs.

  1. From a project session, click Stop session at the top of the page.

  2. Click Stop.