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SignalFx Python Library

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signalflow is a command-line client for SignalFx SignalFlow Analytics. It allows for executing, controlling and streaming live output from SignalFlow Analytics computations, as well as batch non-streaming output.

For more information on the SignalFlow analytics language, visit the SignalFx Developers documentation at


To install, along with the required dependencies, simply use pip:

$ pip install git+




The signalflow command-line tool supports both interactive and non-interactive operation modes. In interactive mode, it offers a prompt that allows for setting computation parameters and executing SignalFlow programs while visualizing their streaming output in real-time. The display shows the live data, with a spark line of the last 10 values, for each received time series.

In non-interactive mode, signalflow reads the SignalFlow program text (either from stdin or from a file) and can output the results in various formats as controlled by the --output command-line flag:

  • csv; outputs the data in CSV format. The first column is a millisecond timestamp; other columns contain the value of each output time series for each of those times.

    This output will keep streaming unless a fixed stopped time has been specified (which can be either in the past or in the future).

    CSV output is the default output type for non-interactive mode.

  • graph; generates CSV data and renders it as a graph in a window.

  • live; shows the same live display as in interactive mode, just without the prompt around it. Computation parameters should be set via the appropriate command-line flags as necessary.

Finally, the graphing can also be used from the provided standalone utility csv-to-plot, which reads CSV data from a file (or stdin) and renders the graph. Using --output graph is the same as piping the output of --output csv into csv-to-plot:

$ signalflow --token <session token> --start=-15m --stop=-1m \
    < program.txt | csv-to-plot

Interactive mode usage

$ signalflow --token <session token>

After a greeting header, you should see the prompt > ``. You can then enter a SignalFlow program (even across multiple lines) and press ``^D (Control-D) to execute the program and visualize the results. Press ^C at any time to interrupt the stream, and again to exit the client.

Computation parameters can be listed with the . command:

> .
{'max_delay': None, 'resolution': None, 'start': '-1m', 'stop': None}

You can change one of those values with .<parameter> <value>:

 > .start -15m
 > .stop -1m
 > .
{'max_delay': None, 'resolution': None, 'start': '-15m', 'stop': '-1m'}

To reset a parameter to None (which usually means “auto”), use .<parameter>:

 > .stop
 > .
{'max_delay': None, 'resolution': None, 'start': '-15m', 'stop': None}

Obtaining your token

To obtain a session token, simply authenticate against the SignalFx API’s /v2/session endpoint as described in the API documentation: If you don’t pass the --token parameter, the SignalFlow CLI will prompt for your username and password and obtain a token for you.

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