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Outflow is a framework that helps you create and execute sequential, parallel as well as distributed task workflows.

Project description

Outflow is a framework that helps you build and run task workflows.

The api is as simple as possible while still giving the user full control over the definition and execution of the workflows.

Feature highlight :

  • Simple but powerful API
  • Support for parallelized and distributed execution
  • Centralized command line interface for your pipeline commands
  • Integrated database access, sqlalchemy models and alembic migrations
  • Executions and exceptions logging for tracability
  • Strict type and input/output checking for a robust pipeline

Check out our documentation for more information.


Install and update using pip:

pip install -U outflow

Quick start

One file starter

Create a script:

# --
from outflow.core.commands import Command, RootCommand
from outflow.core.pipeline import Pipeline
from outflow.core.tasks import Task

# with the as_task decorator, the function will be automatically converted into a Task subclass
# the signature of the function, including the return type, is used to determine task inputs and outputs
def GetValues() -> {'a': str, 'b': str}:
    return {'a': 'hello', 'b': 'world'}

# default values can also be used as inputs
def PrintValues(a: str, b: str, c: str = '?' ):
    print(f"{a} {b}{c}")

class HelloWorld(Command):

    def setup_tasks(self):
        # instantiate tasks
        get_values = GetValues()

        # you can specify inputs value during instantiation
        print_values = PrintValues(c="!")

        # build the workflow
        get_values >> print_values

        # return the terminating task(s) of the workflow
        # they will be used as entrypoints to navigate through the execution tree
        return [print_values]

if __name__ == "__main__":
    # instantiate and run the pipeline
    with Pipeline(
    ) as pipeline:
        result =

and run your first Outflow pipeline:

$ python hello_world

A robust, configurable and well-organized pipeline

You had a brief overview of Outflow's features and you want to go further. Outflow offers command line tools to help you to start your pipeline project.

First, we will need to auto-generate the pipeline structure -- a collection of files including the pipeline settings, the database and the cluster configuration, etc.

$ python -m outflow management create pipeline my_pipeline

Then, we have to create a plugin -- a dedicated folder regrouping the commands, the tasks as well as the description of the database (the models)

$ python -m outflow management create plugin my_namespace.my_plugin --plugin_dir my_pipeline/plugins/my_plugin

In the my_pipeline/ file, add your new plugin to the plugin list:


and run the following command:

$ python ./my_pipeline/ my_plugin

You'll see the following output on the command line:

 * outflow.core.pipeline.pipeline - - INFO - No cluster config found in configuration file, running in a local cluster
 * my_namespace.my_plugin.commands - - INFO - Hello from my_plugin

Your pipeline is up and running. You can now start adding new tasks and commands.


For guidance on setting up a development environment and how to make a contribution to Outflow, see the contributing guidelines.

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