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Azure Data Lake Store Filesystem Client Library for Python

Project description

Microsoft Azure Data Lake Store Filesystem Library for Python

This project is the Python filesystem library for Azure Data Lake Store.


To install from source instead of pip (for local testing and development):

> pip install -r dev_requirements.txt
> python develop

Usage: Sample Code

To play with the code, here is a starting point:

from import core, lib, multithread
token = lib.auth(tenant_id, username, password)
adl = core.AzureDLFileSystem(token, store_name=store_name)

# typical operations'')'tmp/', detail=True)'tmp/', detail=True, invalidate_cache=True)'littlefile')

# file-like object
with'gdelt20150827.csv', blocksize=2**20) as f:
    # could have passed f to any function requiring a file object:
    # pandas.read_csv(f)

with'anewfile', 'wb') as f:
    # data is written on flush/close, or when buffer is bigger than
    # blocksize
    f.write(b'important data')


# recursively download the whole directory tree with 5 threads and
# 16MB chunks
multithread.ADLDownloader(adl, "", 'my_temp_dir', 5, 2**24)

Progress can be tracked using a callback function in the form track(current, total) When passed, this will keep track of transferred bytes and be called on each complete chunk.

Here’s an example using the Azure CLI progress controller as the progress_callback:

from cli.core.application import APPLICATION

def _update_progress(current, total):
    hook = APPLICATION.get_progress_controller(det=True)
    hook.add(message='Alive', value=current, total_val=total)
    if total == current:

ADLUploader(client, destination_path, source_path, thread_count, overwrite=overwrite,

This will output a progress bar to the stdout:

Alive[#########################                                       ]  40.0881%

Finished[#############################################################]  100.0000%

Usage: Command Line Sample

To interact with the API at a higher-level, you can use the provided command-line interface in “samples/”. You will need to set the appropriate environment variables

  • azure_username

  • azure_password

  • azure_data_lake_store_name

  • azure_subscription_id

  • azure_resource_group_name

  • azure_service_principal

  • azure_service_principal_secret

to connect to the Azure Data Lake Store. Optionally, you may need to define azure_tenant_id or azure_data_lake_store_url_suffix.

Below is a simple sample, with more details beyond.

python samples\ ls -l

Execute the program without arguments to access documentation.

To start the CLI in interactive mode, run “python samples/” and then type “help” to see all available commands (similiar to Unix utilities):

> python samples/
azure> help

Documented commands (type help <topic>):
cat    chmod  close  du      get   help  ls     mv   quit  rmdir  touch
chgrp  chown  df     exists  head  info  mkdir  put  rm    tail


While still in interactive mode, you can run “ls -l” to list the entries in the home directory (“help ls” will show the command’s usage details). If you’re not familiar with the Unix/Linux “ls” command, the columns represent 1) permissions, 2) file owner, 3) file group, 4) file size, 5-7) file’s modification time, and 8) file name.

> python samples/
azure> ls -l
drwxrwx--- 0123abcd 0123abcd         0 Aug 02 12:44 azure1
-rwxrwx--- 0123abcd 0123abcd   1048576 Jul 25 18:33 abc.csv
-r-xr-xr-x 0123abcd 0123abcd        36 Jul 22 18:32 xyz.csv
drwxrwx--- 0123abcd 0123abcd         0 Aug 03 13:46 tmp
azure> ls -l --human-readable
drwxrwx--- 0123abcd 0123abcd   0B Aug 02 12:44 azure1
-rwxrwx--- 0123abcd 0123abcd   1M Jul 25 18:33 abc.csv
-r-xr-xr-x 0123abcd 0123abcd  36B Jul 22 18:32 xyz.csv
drwxrwx--- 0123abcd 0123abcd   0B Aug 03 13:46 tmp

To download a remote file, run “get remote-file [local-file]”. The second argument, “local-file”, is optional. If not provided, the local file will be named after the remote file minus the directory path.

> python samples/
azure> ls -l
drwxrwx--- 0123abcd 0123abcd         0 Aug 02 12:44 azure1
-rwxrwx--- 0123abcd 0123abcd   1048576 Jul 25 18:33 abc.csv
-r-xr-xr-x 0123abcd 0123abcd        36 Jul 22 18:32 xyz.csv
drwxrwx--- 0123abcd 0123abcd         0 Aug 03 13:46 tmp
azure> get xyz.csv
2016-08-04 18:57:48,603 - ADLFS - DEBUG - Creating empty file xyz.csv
2016-08-04 18:57:48,604 - ADLFS - DEBUG - Fetch: xyz.csv, 0-36
2016-08-04 18:57:49,726 - ADLFS - DEBUG - Downloaded to xyz.csv, byte offset 0
2016-08-04 18:57:49,734 - ADLFS - DEBUG - File downloaded (xyz.csv -> xyz.csv)

It is also possible to run in command-line mode, allowing any available command to be executed separately without remaining in the interpreter.

For example, listing the entries in the home directory:

> python samples/ ls -l
drwxrwx--- 0123abcd 0123abcd         0 Aug 02 12:44 azure1
-rwxrwx--- 0123abcd 0123abcd   1048576 Jul 25 18:33 abc.csv
-r-xr-xr-x 0123abcd 0123abcd        36 Jul 22 18:32 xyz.csv
drwxrwx--- 0123abcd 0123abcd         0 Aug 03 13:46 tmp

Also, downloading a remote file:

> python samples/ get xyz.csv
2016-08-04 18:57:48,603 - ADLFS - DEBUG - Creating empty file xyz.csv
2016-08-04 18:57:48,604 - ADLFS - DEBUG - Fetch: xyz.csv, 0-36
2016-08-04 18:57:49,726 - ADLFS - DEBUG - Downloaded to xyz.csv, byte offset 0
2016-08-04 18:57:49,734 - ADLFS - DEBUG - File downloaded (xyz.csv -> xyz.csv)


For detailed documentation about our test framework, please visit the tests folder.

Need Help?

Be sure to check out the Microsoft Azure Developer Forums on Stack Overflow if you have trouble with the provided code. Most questions are tagged azure and python.

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If you would like to become an active contributor to this project please follow the instructions provided in Microsoft Azure Projects Contribution Guidelines. Furthermore, check out for specific information related to this project.

If you encounter any bugs with the library please file an issue in the Issues section of the project.

Code of Conduct

This project has adopted the Microsoft Open Source Code of Conduct. For more information see the Code of Conduct FAQ or contact with any additional questions or comments.

Release History

0.0.53 (2023-04-11)

  • Add MSAL support. Remove ADAL support

  • Suppress deprecation warning when detecting pyopenssl existence.

0.0.52 (2020-11-25)

  • Changed logging verbosity when closing a stream

  • Filter out default acl for files when using recursive acl operations

0.0.51 (2020-10-15)

  • Add more logging for zero byte reads to investigate root cause.

0.0.50 (2020-09-10)

  • Fix bug with retrying for ADAL exception parsing.

0.0.49 (2020-08-05)

  • Fix bug with NoRetryPolicy

  • Remove Python 3.4,5 in travis configuration.

  • Fix logging for unicode

0.0.48 (2019-10-18)

  • Buffer writes to prevent out of memory problems

  • Add Python 3.7 in travis configuration

0.0.47 (2019-08-14)

  • Remove logging of bearer token

  • Documentation related changes(Add and correct some formatting)

0.0.46 (2019-06-25)

  • Expose per request timeout. Default to 60.

  • Concat will not retry by default.

  • Bug fixes.

0.0.45 (2019-05-10)

  • Update open and close ADLFile semantics

  • Refactor code and improve performance for opening a file

0.0.44 (2019-03-05)

  • Add continuation token to LISTSTATUS api call

  • Update api-version to 2018-09-01

0.0.43 (2019-03-01)

  • Fix bug in downloader when glob returns a single file

0.0.42 (2019-02-26)

  • Update docstrings

  • Remove logging setlevel to DEBUG for recursive acl operations

0.0.41 (2019-01-31)

  • Remove GetContentSummary api call

  • Move check_token() under retry block

  • Expose timeout parameter for AdlDownloader and AdlUploader

  • Raise an exception instead of silently break for zero length reads

0.0.40 (2019-01-08)

  • Fix zero length read

  • Remove dependence on custom wheel and conform to PEP 420

0.0.39 (2018-11-14)

  • Fix for Chunked Decoding exception thrown while reading response.content

0.0.38 (2018-11-12)

  • Added support for recursive acl functions

  • Fixed bug due to missing filesessionid in get_chunk

0.0.37 (2018-11-02)

  • Reverted some changes introduced in 0.0.35 that didn’t work with other tokens

0.0.36 (2018-10-31)

  • Fixed typo in refresh_token call

0.0.35 (2018-10-29)

  • Added retry for getting tokens

  • Added requests>=2.20 because of CVE 2018-18074

  • Fixed test parameters and updated test recordings

0.0.34 (2018-10-15)

  • Fixed concat issue with plus(or other symbols) in filename

  • Added readinto method

  • Changed api-version to 2018-05-01 for all.

0.0.32 (2018-10-04)

  • Fixed test bug

  • Fixed empty folder upload bug

  • Fixed ADL Downloader block size bug

0.0.31 (2018-09-10)

  • Added support for batched ls

0.0.30 (2018-08-28)

  • Fixed .travis.yml order to add azure-nspg dependency

0.0.29 (2018-08-22)

  • Fixed HISTORY.rst and Pypi documentation

0.0.28 (2018-08-20)

  • Added recovery from DatalakeBadOffsetException

0.0.27 (2018-08-08)

  • Fixed bug in single file check

  • Added Python2 exception compatibility

0.0.26 (2018-08-03)

  • Fixed bug due to not importing errno

  • Fixed bug in os.makedirs race condition

  • Updated Readme with correct environment variables and fixed some links

0.0.25 (2018-07-26)

  • Fixed downloading of empty directories and download of directory structure with only a single file

0.0.24 (2018-07-16)

  • Retry policy implemented for all operations, default being Exponential Retry Policy

0.0.23 (2018-07-11)

  • Fixed the incorrect download location in case of UNC local paths

0.0.22 (2018-06-02)

  • Encoding filepaths in URI

0.0.21 (2018-06-01)

  • Remove unused msrest dependency

0.0.20 (2018-05-25)

  • Compatibility of the sdist with wheel 0.31.0

0.0.19 (2018-03-14)

  • Fixed upload issue where destination filename was wrong while upload of directory with single file #208

0.0.18 (2018-02-05)

  • Fixed read issue where whole file was cached while doing positional reads #198

  • Fixed readline as well for the same

0.0.17 (2017-09-21)

  • Fixed README.rst indentation error

  • Changed management endpoint

0.0.16 (2017-09-11)

  • Fixed Multi chunk transfer hangs as merging chunks fails #187

  • Added syncflag and leaseid in create, append calls.

  • Added filesessionid in create, append and open calls.

0.0.15 (2017-07-26)

  • Enable Data Lake Store progress controller callback #174

  • Fix File state incorrectly marked as “errored” if contains chunks is “pending” state #182

  • Fix Race condition due to transfer future done_callback #177

0.0.14 (2017-07-10)

  • Fix an issue where common prefixes in paths for upload and download were collapsed into only unique paths.

0.0.13 (2017-06-28)

  • Add support for automatic refreshing of service principal credentials

0.0.12 (2017-06-20)

  • Fix a regression with ls returning the top level folder if it has no contents. It now properly returns an empty array if a folder has no children.

0.0.11 (2017-06-02)

  • Update to name incomplete file downloads with a .inprogress suffix. This suffix is removed when the download completes successfully.

0.0.10 (2017-05-24)

  • Allow users to explicitly use or invalidate the internal, local cache of the filesystem that is built up from previous ls calls. It is now set to always call the service instead of the cache by default.

  • Update to properly create the wheel package during build to ensure all pip packages are available.

  • Update folder upload/download to properly throw early in the event that the destination files exist and overwrite was not specified. NOTE: target folder existence (or sub folder existence) does not automatically cause failure. Only leaf node existence will result in failure.

  • Fix a bug that caused file not found errors when attempting to get information about the root folder.

0.0.9 (2017-05-09)

  • Enforce basic SSL utilization to ensure performance due to GitHub issue 625 <>

0.0.8 (2017-04-26)

  • Fix server-side throttling retry support. This is not a guarantee that if the server is throttling the upload (or download) it will eventually succeed, but there is now a back-off retry in place to make it more likely.

0.0.7 (2017-04-19)

  • Update the build process to more efficiently handle multi-part namespaces for pip.

0.0.6 (2017-03-15)

  • Fix an issue with path caching that should drastically improve performance for download

0.0.5 (2017-03-01)

  • Fix for downloader to ensure there is access to the source path before creating destination files

  • Fix for credential objects to inherit from msrest.authentication for more universal authentication support

  • Add support for the following:

    • set_expiry: allows for setting expiration on files

    • ACL management:

      • set_acl: allows for the full replacement of an ACL on a file or folder

      • set_acl_entries: allows for “patching” an existing ACL on a file or folder

      • get_acl_status: retrieves the ACL information for a file or folder

      • remove_acl_entries: removes the specified entries from an ACL on a file or folder

      • remove_acl: removes all non-default ACL entries from a file or folder

      • remove_default_acl: removes all default ACL entries from a folder

  • Remove unsupported and unused “TRUNCATE” operation.

  • Added API-Version support with a default of the latest api version (2016-11-01)

0.0.4 (2017-02-07)

  • Fix for folder upload to properly delete folders with contents when overwrite specified.

  • Fix to set verbose output to False/Off by default. This removes progress tracking output by default but drastically improves performance.

0.0.3 (2017-02-02)

  • Fix to to include the HISTORY.rst file. No other changes

0.0.2 (2017-01-30)

  • Addresses an issue with lib.auth() not properly defaulting to 2FA

  • Fixes an issue with Overwrite for ADLUploader sometimes not being honored.

  • Fixes an issue with empty files not properly being uploaded and resulting in a hang in progress tracking.

  • Addition of a samples directory showcasing examples of how to use the client and upload and download logic.

  • General cleanup of documentation and comments.

  • This is still based on API version 2016-11-01

0.0.1 (2016-11-21)

  • Initial preview release. Based on API version 2016-11-01.

  • Includes initial ADLS filesystem functionality and extended upload and download support.

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