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Data catalog, search and load

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Intake: Take 2

A general python package for describing, loading and processing data


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Taking the pain out of data access and distribution

Intake is an open-source package to:

  • describe your data declaratively
  • gather data sets into catalogs
  • search catalogs and services to find the right data you need
  • load, transform and output data in many formats
  • work with third party remote storage and compute platforms

Documentation is available at Read the Docs.

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Recommended method using conda:

conda install -c conda-forge intake

You can also install using pip, in which case you have a choice as to how many of the optional dependencies you install, with the simplest having least requirements

pip install intake

Note that you may well need specific drivers and other plugins, which usually have additional dependencies of their own.


  • Create development Python environment with the required dependencies, ideally with conda. The requirements can be found in the yml files in the scripts/ci/ directory of this repo.
    • e.g. conda env create -f scripts/ci/environment-py311.yml and then conda activate test_env
  • Install intake using pip install -e .
  • Use pytest to run tests.
  • Create a fork on github to be able to submit PRs.
  • We respect, but do not enforce, pep8 standards; all new code should be covered by tests.

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