Google Colab vs. Observable

The comparison of the two data science notebooks. Both of them are great tools!

The table below summarizes some of the main differences.

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Google Colab

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Colab notebooks allow you to combine executable code and rich text in a single document, along with images, HTML, LaTeX and more.

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Make sense of the world with data, together. Explore, visualize, and analyze data. Collaborate with the community. Learn and be inspired. Share insights with the world.

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Google Colab Observable
License Proprietary Proprietary
Ease of setup Fully managed In the browser
Native integrations Google Drive No
Collaboration Shared copies Asynchronous
Versioning No No
Reproducibility Problematic Environment, reactivity
Notebooks as products Parametrized inputs Interactive applications