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Crate Data Python client

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This is the database adapter for the crate database. Its main feature is a implementation of the Python DB API 2.0 specification.

It also includes support for SQLAlchemy.

To get started take a look at the documentation.


Installing via pip

To install the crate client via pip use the following command:

$ pip install crate

To update use:

$ pip install -U crate

Installing via easy_install

If you prefer easy_install which is provided by setuptools use the following command:

$ easy_install crate

To update use:

$ easy_install -U crate

Are you a Developer?

You can build Crate Python Client on your own with the latest version hosted on GitHub. To do so, please refer to DEVELOP.rst for further information.

Help & Contact

Do you have any questions? Or suggestions? We would be very happy to help you. So, feel free to swing by our IRC channel #crate on Freenode. Or for further information and official contact please visit


Copyright 2013-2014 CRATE Technology GmbH (“Crate”)

Licensed to CRATE Technology GmbH (“Crate”) under one or more contributor license agreements. See the NOTICE file distributed with this work for additional information regarding copyright ownership. Crate licenses this file to you under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the “License”); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License at

Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software distributed under the License is distributed on an “AS IS” BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied. See the License for the specific language governing permissions and limitations under the License.

However, if you have executed another commercial license agreement with Crate these terms will supersede the license and you may use the software solely pursuant to the terms of the relevant commercial agreement.

Crate Client Usage

Connect to a Database

Before we can start we have to import the crate client:

>>> from crate import client

The client provides a connect() function which is used to establish a connection, the first argument is the url of the server to connect to:

>>> connection = client.connect(crate_host)

Crate is a clustered database providing high availability through replication. In order for clients to make use of this property it is recommended to specify all hosts of the cluster. This way if a server does not respond, the request is automatically routed to the next server:

>>> invalid_host = 'http://not_responding_host:4200'
>>> connection = client.connect([invalid_host, crate_host])

If no servers are given, the default one is used:

>>> connection = client.connect()
>>> connection.client._active_servers

If the option error_trace is set to True, the client will print a whole traceback if a server error occurs:

>>> connection = client.connect([crate_host], error_trace=True)

It’s possible to define a default timeout value in seconds for all servers using the optional parameter timeout:

>>> connection = client.connect([crate_host, invalid_host], timeout=5)

Inserting Data

Before executing any statement a cursor has to be opened to perform database operations:

>>> cursor = connection.cursor()
>>> cursor.execute("""INSERT INTO locations
... (name, date, kind, position) VALUES (?, ?, ?, ?)""",
...                ('Einstein Cross', '2007-03-11', 'Quasar', 7))

To bulk insert data you can use the executemany function:

>>> cursor.executemany("""INSERT INTO locations
... (name, date, kind, position) VALUES (?, ?, ?, ?)""",
...                [('Cloverleaf', '2007-03-11', 'Quasar', 7),
...                 ('Old Faithful', '2007-03-11', 'Quasar', 7)])

[{u'rowcount': 1}, {u'rowcount': 1}]

executemany returns a list of results for every parameter. Each result contains a rowcount. If an error occures the rowcount is -2 and the result may contain an error_message depending on the error.


If you are using a crate server version older than 0.42.0 the client will execute a single sql statement for every parameter in the parameter sequence when you are using executemany. In this case, executemany doesn’t return any value. To avoid that overhead you can use execute and make use of multiple rows in the INSERT statement and provide a list of arguments with the length of number of inserted records * number of columns:

>>> cursor.execute("""INSERT INTO locations
... (name, date, kind, position) VALUES (?, ?, ?, ?), (?, ?, ?, ?)""",
...                ('Creameries', '2007-03-11', 'Quasar', 7,
...                 'Double Quasar', '2007-03-11', 'Quasar', 7))

Selecting Data

To perform the select operation simply execute the statement on the open cursor:

>>> cursor.execute("SELECT name FROM locations where name = ?", ('Algol',))

To retrieve a row we can use one of the cursor’s fetch functions (described below).


fetchone() with each call returns the next row from the results:

>>> result = cursor.fetchone()
>>> pprint(result)

If no more data is available, an empty result is returned:

>>> while cursor.fetchone():
...     pass
>>> cursor.fetchone()


fetch_many() returns a list of all remaining rows, containing no more than the specified size of rows:

>>> cursor.execute("SELECT name FROM locations order by name")
>>> result = cursor.fetchmany(2)
>>> pprint(result)
[[u'Aldebaran'], [u'Algol']]

If a size is not given, the cursor’s arraysize, which defaults to ‘1’, determines the number of rows to be fetched:

>>> cursor.fetchmany()
[[u'Allosimanius Syneca']]

It’s also possible to change the cursors arraysize to an other value:

>>> cursor.arraysize = 3
>>> cursor.fetchmany()
[[u'Alpha Centauri'], [u'Altair'], [u'Argabuthon']]


fetchall() returns a list of all remaining rows:

>>> cursor.execute("SELECT name FROM locations order by name")
>>> result = cursor.fetchall()
>>> pprint(result)
 ['Allosimanius Syneca'],
 ['Alpha Centauri'],
 ['Arkintoofle Minor'],
 ['Double Quasar'],
 ['Einstein Cross'],
 ['Galactic Sector QQ7 Active J Gamma'],
 ['North West Ripple'],
 ['Old Faithful'],
 ['Outer Eastern Rim']]

Cursor Description

The description property of the cursor returns a sequence of 7-item sequences containing the column name as first parameter. Just the name field is supported, all other fields are ‘None’:

>>> cursor.execute("SELECT * FROM locations order by name")
>>> result = cursor.fetchone()
>>> pprint(result)
 u'Max Quordlepleen claims that the only thing left ...',
 u'Star System',

>>> result = cursor.description
>>> pprint(result)
((u'date', None, None, None, None, None, None),
 (u'datetime', None, None, None, None, None, None),
 (u'description', None, None, None, None, None, None),
 (u'details', None, None, None, None, None, None),
 (u'kind', None, None, None, None, None, None),
 (u'name', None, None, None, None, None, None),
 (u'position', None, None, None, None, None, None))

Closing the Cursor

The following command closes the cursor:

>>> cursor.close()

If a cursor is closed, it will be unusable from this point forward. If any operation is attempted to a closed cursor an ProgrammingError will be raised.

>>> cursor.execute("SELECT * FROM locations")
Traceback (most recent call last):
ProgrammingError: Cursor closed

Closing the Connection

The following command closes the connection:

>>> connection.close()

If a connection is closed, it will be unusable from this point forward. If any operation using the connection is attempted to a closed connection an ProgrammingError will be raised:

>>> cursor.execute("SELECT * FROM locations")
Traceback (most recent call last):
ProgrammingError: Connection closed

>>> cursor = connection.cursor()
Traceback (most recent call last):
ProgrammingError: Connection closed


The Crate client library provides an API to access the powerful Blob storage capabilities of the Crate server.

First, a connection object is required. This can be retrieved by importing the client module and then connecting to one or more crate server:

>>> from crate import client
>>> connection = client.connect(crate_host)

Every table which has Blob support enabled, may act as a container for Blobs. The BlobContainer object for a specific table can be retrieved like this:

>>> blob_container = connection.get_blob_container('myfiles')
>>> blob_container
<BlobContainer 'myfiles'>

The returned container object can now be used to manage the contained Blobs.

Uploading Blobs

To upload a Blob the put method can be used. This method takes a file like object and an optional SHA-1 digest as argument.

In this example we upload a file without specifying the SHA-1 digest:

>>> from tempfile import TemporaryFile
>>> f = TemporaryFile()
>>> _ = f.write(b"this is the content of the file")
>>> f.flush()

The actual put - it returns the computed SHA-1 digest upon completion:

>>> print(blob_container.put(f))


Omitting the SHA-1 digest results in one extra read of the file contents to compute the digest before the actual upload starts. Therefore, if the application already has a SHA-1 digest for the content, or is able to compute the digest on another read upfront, providing the digest will lead to better performance.

Here is another example, which provides the digest in the call:

>>> _ =
>>> blob_container.put(f, digest='6d46af79aa5113bd7e6a67fae9ab5228648d3f81')


The above call returned False because the object already existed. Since the digest is already known by the caller and it makes no sense to return it again, a boolean gets returned which indicates if the Blob was newly created or not.

Retrieving Blobs

Retrieving a blob can be done by using the get method like this:

>>> res = blob_container.get('6d46af79aa5113bd7e6a67fae9ab5228648d3f81')

The result is a generator object which returns one chunk per iteration:

>>> print(next(res))
this is the content of the file

It is also possible to check if a blob exists like this:

>>> blob_container.exists('6d46af79aa5113bd7e6a67fae9ab5228648d3f81')

Deleting Blobs

To delete a blob just call the delete method, the resulting boolean states whether a blob existed under the given digest or not:

>>> blob_container.delete('6d46af79aa5113bd7e6a67fae9ab5228648d3f81')

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