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Drag'N'Drop Web Frontend for Building and Managing Airflow DAGs

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Drag'n'drop web app to manage and create Airflow DAGs. DAGs are described usinga JSON "wml" file, which can be transpiled into a Python DAG file and pushed to a configured git repository.

  • Front end is built using React on Typescript
  • Back end is built using Flask on Python 3.6+

Getting Started

  1. Install with pip install airflow-windmill
    1. Airflow is expected to be installed on the system. This allows Windmill to run with arbitrary versions of Airflow
    2. Otherwise it can be packaged with windmill using pip install airflow-windmill[airflow]. The version is defined in pyproject.toml
  2. Run windmill init to create a local Windmill project
  3. cd windmill-project
  4. Run windmill run from this folder to run the app locally

MVP Required Features

Front-End Features

  • Dynamic Operators
  • Menu Dropdowns
  • Load Operators from App
  • Format operator display into classes
  • Search functionality for operators
  • Basic operator level properties
  • Implement DAG level properties
  • New DAG Functionality
  • Parameter Tooltips
  • Render arbitrary viewport windows for New/Save/Load etc
  • Overwrite/Save prompt on New
  • DAG renaming and save functionality
  • Open dag from menu
  • Make save/load more efficient by removing non-essential values
  • Switch nav menu to icons
  • Add convert DAG call
  • Add hotkeys to menu functions
  • Make input/output nodes more clear
  • Check if file already exists on rename
  • Prompt save if there are nodes on open
  • Fix loss of state on refresh bug
  • Put File details in File Browse
  • Make Flask Backend URI configurable
  • Add a last saved time to NavBar
  • Add error handling to backend calls
  • Only save local state if valid
  • Add tests
  • Get task descriptions from Operator list
  • XSS and injection vulns?
  • Ctl+Shift+F FIXME

Back-End Features

  • Generate Operator Lists
  • CLI to start Web and Front End
  • Generate DAG Spec
  • CLI to create new windmill project
  • CLI to start windmill from a windmill project
  • Implement windmill-dev start
  • Save/Load Windmill Files functionality
  • Get default values
  • Pull parameters from parent classes
  • Move airflow dependency as extra
  • Convert WML into Python DAG
  • API Endpoint to trigger WML -> DAG
  • Make sure that nodes are being put in right order using ports
  • Edge cases for WML -> DAG
  • Allow repeated/weird dag/task ids (e.g. 123)
  • Get WML owner and last-modified details during wml list
  • Allow custom operators
  • Strategy for Python Opjects (e.g. callables) - allow either a import ref or an inline statement
  • Backport existing Python DAGs to WMLs
  • Allow DAG updates to propogate to WMLs (probably better to just always backport - consolidating would be a mess)
  • Add tests for different airflow version
  • Version lock travis tox and poetry version?

Other features

  • Validate on backend or front end or both?
  • Doco
  • Add permission restrictions for valid tags
  • Only include dist folder from app in poetry build

Dev User Guide

To run as a dev:

  1. Clone from git
  2. Run poetry install -E airflow
  3. Run npm install from windmill/http/app
  4. Run windmill-dev start-frontend
  5. Run windmill-dev start-backend
  6. Open

Run Python Tests

Expects Tox and Poetry to be available on path

pyenv install 3.6.5 3.7.7
pyenv local 3.6.5 3.7.7

Future Usage Patterns

  • Auto-sync for windmill project to git


Deployment to PyPi is managed using Travis and should be done in the following steps:

  1. Run poetry version {patch|minor|major}
  2. Increment the version number in windmill/
  3. Commit and merge code into the master branch
  4. Ensure that the travis build is green
  5. Create a git tag for the new build
  6. Push the tag to origin

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