If you are planning to contribute to Dagster, you will first need to set up a local development environment.
- Install Python. Python 3.6 or above recommended, but our CI/CD pipeline currently tests against up-to-date patch versions of Python 2.7, 3.5, 3.6, and 3.7. Note that Dagster is a 2/3 compatible project: tests must pass against Python 2.7.
- Create and activate a virtualenv, using the tool of your choice.
On macOS you can install
brew install pyenv pyenv-virtualenv
Then add the following commands to your shell profile:
eval "$(pyenv init -)" eval "$(pyenv virtualenv-init -)"
and finally create and activate the virtualenev:
pyenv install 3.7.4 pyenv virtualenv 3.7.4 dagster37 pyenv activate dagster37
- Ensure that you have node installed by running node -v, and that you have yarn installed. If you are on macOS, you can install yarn with Homebrew:
brew install yarn
- Clone the Dagster repository to the destination of your choice:
git clone email@example.com:dagster-io/dagster.git
make dev_installat the root of the repository. This sets up a full Dagster developer environment with all modules and runs tests that do not require heavy external dependencies such as docker. This will take a few minutes. Note that certain sections of the makefile (sanity_check, which is part of rebuild_dagit) require POSIX compliant shells and will fail on CMD and powershell -- if developing on windows, using something like WSL or git-bash is recommended.
- Run some tests manually to make sure things are working:
python -m pytest python_modules/dagster/dagster_tests
Some notes on developing in Dagster:
- Python 2: We plan to continue supporting Python 2 for some time; it is worth testing your changes with Python 2 to ensure compatibility. You can use tox for this, from within any of the Python packages:
- Black/Pylint: We use black to enforce a consistent code style, along with pylint. We test these in our CI/CD pipeline.
- Line Width: We use a line width of 100.
- IDE: We recommend setting up your IDE to format with black on
save and check pylint, but you can always run
make pylintin the root Dagster directory before submitting a pull request. If you're also using VS Code, you can see what we're using for our
For development, run the Dagit GraphQL server on a different port than the webapp, with any pipeline. For example:
cd dagster/examples/docs_snippets/docs_snippets/intro_tutorial dagit -p 3333 -f airflow.py
Keep this running. Then, in another terminal, run the local development (autoreloading, etc.) version of the webapp:
cd dagster/js_modules/dagit make dev_webapp
During development, you might find these commands useful. Run them from
yarn ts: Typescript typechecking
yarn lint: Linting with autofix
yarn jest: An interactive Jest test runner that runs only affected tests by default
To run all of them together, run
To run the Dagster documentation website locally, run the following commands:
cd docs yarn --cwd next dev # Serves the docs website on http://localhost:3001
The API documentation is generated from ReStructured Text files (
.rst), which extracts Python
docstrings from the library files. The
.rst files can be found in the
If you change any
.rst files, be sure to run the following command in the