github quantumblacklabs/kedro 0.16.0

Major features and improvements


  • Added new CLI commands (only available for the projects created using Kedro 0.16.0 or later):
    • kedro catalog list to list datasets in your catalog
    • kedro pipeline list to list pipelines
    • kedro pipeline describe to describe a specific pipeline
    • kedro pipeline create to create a modular pipeline
  • Improved the CLI speed by up to 50%.
  • Improved error handling when making a typo on the CLI. We now suggest some of the possible commands you meant to type, in git-style.


  • All modules in kedro.cli and kedro.context have been moved into kedro.framework.cli and kedro.framework.context respectively. kedro.cli and kedro.context will be removed in future releases.
  • Added Hooks, which is a new mechanism for extending Kedro.
  • Fixed load_context changing user's current working directory.
  • Allowed the source directory to be configurable in .kedro.yml.
  • Added the ability to specify nested parameter values inside your node inputs, e.g. node(func, "params:a.b", None)


  • Added the following new datasets.
Type Description Location
pillow.ImageDataSet Work with image files using Pillow kedro.extras.datasets.pillow
geopandas.GeoJSONDataSet Work with geospatial data using GeoPandas kedro.extras.datasets.geopandas.GeoJSONDataSet
api.APIDataSet Work with data from HTTP(S) API requests kedro.extras.datasets.api.APIDataSet
  • Added joblib backend support to pickle.PickleDataSet.
  • Added versioning support to MatplotlibWriter dataset.
  • Added the ability to install dependencies for a given dataset with more granularity, e.g. pip install "kedro[pandas.ParquetDataSet]".
  • Added the ability to specify extra arguments, e.g. encoding or compression, for calls when loading/saving a dataset. See Example 3 under docs.


  • Added namespace property on Node, related to the modular pipeline where the node belongs.
  • Added an option to enable asynchronous loading inputs and saving outputs in both SequentialRunner(is_async=True) and ParallelRunner(is_async=True) class.
  • Added MemoryProfiler transformer.
  • Removed the requirement to have all dependencies for a dataset module to use only a subset of the datasets within.
  • Added support for pandas>=1.0.
  • Enabled Python 3.8 compatibility. Please note that a Spark workflow may be unreliable for this Python version as pyspark is not fully-compatible with 3.8 yet.
  • Renamed "features" layer to "feature" layer to be consistent with (most) other layers and the relevant FAQ.

Bug fixes and other changes

  • Fixed a bug where a new version created mid-run by an external system caused inconsistencies in the load versions used in the current run.
  • Documentation improvements
    • Added instruction in the documentation on how to create a custom runner).
    • Updated contribution process in - added Developer Workflow.
    • Documented installation of development version of Kedro in the FAQ section.
    • Added missing _exists method to MyOwnDataSet example in 04_user_guide/08_advanced_io.
  • Fixed a bug where PartitionedDataSet and IncrementalDataSet were not working with s3a or s3n protocol.
  • Added ability to read partitioned parquet file from a directory in pandas.ParquetDataSet.
  • Replaced functools.lru_cache with cachetools.cachedmethod in PartitionedDataSet and IncrementalDataSet for per-instance cache invalidation.
  • Implemented custom glob function for SparkDataSet when running on Databricks.
  • Fixed a bug in SparkDataSet not allowing for loading data from DBFS in a Windows machine using Databricks-connect.
  • Improved the error message for DataSetNotFoundError to suggest possible dataset names user meant to type.
  • Added the option for contributors to run Kedro tests locally without Spark installation with make test-no-spark.
  • Added option to lint the project without applying the formatting changes (kedro lint --check-only).

Breaking changes to the API


  • Deleted obsolete datasets from
  • Deleted kedro.contrib and extras folders.
  • Deleted obsolete CSVBlobDataSet and JSONBlobDataSet dataset types.
  • Made invalidate_cache method on datasets private.
  • get_last_load_version and get_last_save_version methods are no longer available on AbstractDataSet.
  • get_last_load_version and get_last_save_version have been renamed to resolve_load_version and resolve_save_version on AbstractVersionedDataSet, the results of which are cached.
  • The release() method on datasets extending AbstractVersionedDataSet clears the cached load and save version. All custom datasets must call super()._release() inside _release().
  • TextDataSet no longer has load_args and save_args. These can instead be specified under open_args_load or open_args_save in fs_args.
  • PartitionedDataSet and IncrementalDataSet method invalidate_cache was made private: _invalidate_caches.


  • Removed KEDRO_ENV_VAR from kedro.context to speed up the CLI run time.
  • has been removed in favour of Pipeline.tag().
  • Dropped Pipeline.transform() in favour of kedro.pipeline.modular_pipeline.pipeline() helper function.
  • Made constant PARAMETER_KEYWORDS private, and moved it from kedro.pipeline.pipeline to kedro.pipeline.modular_pipeline.
  • Layers are no longer part of the dataset object, as they've moved to the DataCatalog.
  • Python 3.5 is no longer supported by the current and all future versions of Kedro.

Migration guide from Kedro 0.15.* to Upcoming Release

Migration for datasets

Since all the datasets (from and were moved to kedro/extras/datasets you must update the type of all datasets in <project>/conf/base/catalog.yml file.
Here how it should be changed: type: <SomeDataSet> -> type: <subfolder of kedro/extras/datasets>.<SomeDataSet> (e.g. type: CSVDataSet -> type: pandas.CSVDataSet).

In addition, all the specific datasets like CSVLocalDataSet, CSVS3DataSet etc. were deprecated. Instead, you must use generalized datasets like CSVDataSet.
E.g. type: CSVS3DataSet -> type: pandas.CSVDataSet.

Note: No changes required if you are using your custom dataset.

Migration for Pipeline.transform()

Pipeline.transform() has been dropped in favour of the pipeline() constructor. The following changes apply:

  • Remember to import from kedro.pipeline import pipeline
  • The prefix argument has been renamed to namespace
  • And datasets has been broken down into more granular arguments:
    • inputs: Independent inputs to the pipeline
    • outputs: Any output created in the pipeline, whether an intermediary dataset or a leaf output
    • parameters: params:... or parameters

As an example, code that used to look like this with the Pipeline.transform() constructor:

result = my_pipeline.transform(
    datasets={"input": "new_input", "output": "new_output", "params:x": "params:y"},

When used with the new pipeline() constructor, becomes:

from kedro.pipeline import pipeline

result = pipeline(
    inputs={"input": "new_input"},
    outputs={"output": "new_output"},
    parameters={"params:x": "params:y"},
Migration for decorators, color logger, transformers etc.

Since some modules were moved to other locations you need to update import paths appropriately.
You can find the list of moved files in the 0.15.6 release notes under the section titled Files with a new location.

Migration for KEDRO_ENV_VAR, the environment variable

Note: If you haven't made significant changes to your, it may be easier to simply copy the updated .ipython/profile_default/startup/ and from GitHub or a newly generated project into your old project.

  • We've removed KEDRO_ENV_VAR from kedro.context. To get your existing project template working, you'll need to remove all instances of KEDRO_ENV_VAR from your project template:
    • From the imports in and .ipython/profile_default/startup/ from kedro.context import KEDRO_ENV_VAR, load_context -> from kedro.framework.context import load_context
    • Remove the envvar=KEDRO_ENV_VAR line from the click options in run, jupyter_notebook and jupyter_lab in
    • Replace KEDRO_ENV_VAR with "KEDRO_ENV" in _build_jupyter_env
    • Replace context = load_context(path, env=os.getenv(KEDRO_ENV_VAR)) with context = load_context(path) in .ipython/profile_default/startup/

##### Migration for kedro build-reqs

We have upgraded pip-tools which is used by kedro build-reqs to 5.x. This pip-tools version requires pip>=20.0. To upgrade pip, please refer to their documentation.

Thanks for supporting contributions

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