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Kedro-Airflow makes it easy to deploy Kedro projects to Airflow

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Apache Airflow is a tool for orchestrating complex workflows and data processing pipelines. The Kedro-Airflow plugin can be used for:

  • Rapid pipeline creation in the prototyping phase. You can write Python functions in Kedro without worrying about schedulers, daemons, services or having to recreate the Airflow DAG file.
  • Automatic dependency resolution in Kedro. This allows you to bypass Airflow's need to specify the order of your tasks.
  • Distributing Kedro tasks across many workers. You can also enable monitoring and scheduling of the tasks' runtimes.


kedro-airflow is a Python plugin. To install it:

pip install kedro-airflow


You can use kedro-airflow to deploy a Kedro pipeline as an Airflow DAG by following these steps:

Step 1: Generate the DAG file

At the root directory of the Kedro project, run:

kedro airflow create

This command will generate an Airflow DAG file located in the airflow_dags/ directory in your project. You can pass a --pipeline flag to generate the DAG file for a specific Kedro pipeline and an --env flag to generate the DAG file for a specific Kedro environment. Passing --all will convert all registered Kedro pipelines to Airflow DAGs.

Step 2: Copy the DAG file to the Airflow DAGs folder.

For more information about the DAGs folder, please visit Airflow documentation. The Airflow DAG configuration can be customized by editing this file.

Step 3: Package and install the Kedro pipeline in the Airflow executor's environment

After generating and deploying the DAG file, you will then need to package and install the Kedro pipeline into the Airflow executor's environment. Please visit the guide to deploy Kedro as a Python package for more details.


What if my DAG file is in a different directory to my project folder?

By default, the generated DAG file is configured to live in the same directory as your project as per this template. If your DAG file is located in a different directory to your project, you will need to tweak this manually after running the kedro airflow create command.

What if I want to use a different Jinja2 template?

You can use the additional command line argument --jinja-file (alias -j) to provide an alternative path to a Jinja2 template. Note that these files have to accept the same variables as those used in the default Jinja2 template.

kedro airflow create --jinja-file=./custom/template.j2

How can I pass arguments to the Airflow DAGs dynamically?

kedro-airflow picks up configuration from airflow.yml in conf/base or conf/local of your Kedro project. Or it could be in a folder starting with airflow. The parameters are read by Kedro. Arguments can be specified globally, or per pipeline:

# Global parameters
    start_date: [2023, 1, 1]
    max_active_runs: 3
    schedule_interval: "@once"
    catchup: false
    # Default settings applied to all tasks
    owner: "airflow"
    depends_on_past: false
    email_on_failure: false
    email_on_retry: false
    retries: 1
    retry_delay: 5

# Arguments specific to the pipeline (overrides the parameters above)
    owner: "airflow-ds"

Arguments can also be passed via --params in the command line:

kedro airflow create --params "schedule_interval='@weekly'"

These variables are passed to the Jinja2 template that creates an Airflow DAG from your pipeline.

What if I want to use a configuration pattern other than airflow* and airflow**?

In order to configure the config loader, update the file in your Kedro project. For instance, if you would like to use the name scheduler, then change the file as follows:

CONFIG_LOADER_ARGS = {"config_patterns": {"airflow": ["scheduler*", "scheduler/**"]}}

Follow Kedro's official documentation, to see how to add templating, custom resolvers etc.

What if I want to pass different arguments?

In order to pass arguments other than those specified in the default template, simply pass a custom template (see: "What if I want to use a different Jinja2 template?")

The syntax for arguments is:

{{ argument_name }}

In order to make arguments optional, one can use:

{{ argument_name | default("default_value") }}

For examples, please have a look at the default template (airflow_dag_template.j2).

What if I want to use a configuration file other than airflow.yml?

The default configuration pattern is ["airflow*", "airflow/**"]. In order to configure the OmegaConfigLoader, update the file in your Kedro project as follows:

from kedro.config import OmegaConfigLoader

    # other args
    "config_patterns": {  # configure the pattern for configuration files
        "airflow": ["airflow*", "airflow/**"]

Follow Kedro's official documentation, to see how to add templating, custom resolvers etc. ([]

How can I use Airflow runtime parameters?

It is possible to pass parameters when triggering an Airflow DAG from the user interface. In order to use this feature, create a custom template using the Params syntax. See "What if I want to use a different Jinja2 template?" for instructions on using custom templates.

What if I want to use a different Airflow Operator?

Which Airflow Operator to use depends on the environment your project is running in. You can set the operator to use by providing a custom template. See "What if I want to use a different Jinja2 template?" for instructions on using custom templates. The rich offering of operators means that the kedro-airflow plugin is providing templates for specific operators. The default template provided by kedro-airflow uses the BaseOperator.

Can I contribute?

Yes! Want to help build Kedro-Airflow? Check out our guide to contributing.

What licence do you use?

Kedro-Airflow is licensed under the Apache 2.0 License.

Python version support policy

  • The Kedro-Airflow supports all Python versions that are actively maintained by the CPython core team. When a Python version reaches end of life, support for that version is dropped from kedro-airflow. This is not considered a breaking change.

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