github quantumblacklabs/kedro 0.17.0

Release 0.17.0

Major features and improvements

  • In a significant change, we have introduced KedroSession which is responsible for managing the lifecycle of a Kedro run.
  • Created a new Kedro Starter: kedro new --starter=mini-kedro. It is possible to use the DataCatalog as a standalone component in a Jupyter notebook and transition into the rest of the Kedro framework.
  • Added DatasetSpecs with Hooks to run before and after datasets are loaded from/saved to the catalog.
  • Added a command: kedro catalog create. For a registered pipeline, it creates a <conf_root>/<env>/catalog/<pipeline_name>.yml configuration file with MemoryDataSet datasets for each dataset that is missing from DataCatalog.
  • Added and pyproject.toml (to replace .kedro.yml) for project configuration, in line with Python best practice.
  • ProjectContext is no longer needed, unless for very complex customisations. KedroContext, ProjectHooks and together implement sensible default behaviour. As a result context_path is also now an optional key in pyproject.toml.
  • Removed ProjectContext from src/<package_name>/
  • TemplatedConfigLoader now supports Jinja2 template syntax alongside its original syntax.
  • Made registration Hooks mandatory, as the only way to customise the ConfigLoader or the DataCatalog used in a project. If no such Hook is provided in src/<package_name>/, a KedroContextError is raised. There are sensible defaults defined in any project generated with Kedro >= 0.16.5.

Bug fixes and other changes

  • ParallelRunner no longer results in a run failure, when triggered from a notebook, if the run is started using KedroSession (
  • before_node_run can now overwrite node inputs by returning a dictionary with the corresponding updates.
  • Added minimal, black-compatible flake8 configuration to the project template.
  • Moved isort and pytest configuration from <project_root>/setup.cfg to <project_root>/pyproject.toml.
  • Extra parameters are no longer incorrectly passed from KedroSession to KedroContext.
  • Relaxed pyspark requirements to allow for installation of pyspark 3.0.
  • Added a --fs-args option to the kedro pipeline pull command to specify configuration options for the fsspec filesystem arguments used when pulling modular pipelines from non-PyPI locations.
  • Bumped maximum required fsspec version to 0.9.
  • Bumped maximum supported s3fs version to 0.5 (S3FileSystem interface has changed since 0.4.1 version).


  • In Kedro 0.17.0 we have deleted the deprecated kedro.cli and kedro.context modules in favour of kedro.framework.cli and kedro.framework.context respectively.

Other breaking changes to the API

  • returns False when the dataset does not exist, as opposed to raising an exception.
  • The pipeline-specific catalog.yml file is no longer automatically created for modular pipelines when running kedro pipeline create. Use kedro catalog create to replace this functionality.
  • Removed include_examples prompt from kedro new. To generate boilerplate example code, you should use a Kedro starter.
  • Changed the --verbose flag from a global command to a project-specific command flag (e.g kedro --verbose new becomes kedro new --verbose).
  • Dropped support of the dataset_credentials key in credentials in PartitionedDataSet.
  • get_source_dir() was removed from kedro/framework/cli/
  • Dropped support of get_config, create_catalog, create_pipeline, template_version, project_name and project_path keys by get_project_context() function (kedro/framework/cli/
  • kedro new --starter now defaults to fetching the starter template matching the installed Kedro version.
  • Renamed to and moved it inside the Python package (src/<package_name>/), for a better packaging and deployment experience.
  • Removed .kedro.yml from the project template and replaced it with pyproject.toml.
  • Removed KEDRO_CONFIGS constant (previously residing in kedro.framework.context.context).
  • Modified kedro pipeline create CLI command to add a boilerplate parameter config file in conf/<env>/parameters/<pipeline_name>.yml instead of conf/<env>/pipelines/<pipeline_name>/parameters.yml. CLI commands kedro pipeline delete / package / pull were updated accordingly.
  • Removed get_static_project_data from kedro.framework.context.
  • Removed KedroContext.static_data.
  • The KedroContext constructor now takes package_name as first argument.
  • Replaced context property on KedroSession with load_context() method.
  • Renamed _push_session and _pop_session in kedro.framework.session.session to _activate_session and _deactivate_session respectively.
  • Custom context class is set via CONTEXT_CLASS variable in src/<your_project>/
  • Removed KedroContext.hooks attribute. Instead, hooks should be registered in src/<your_project>/ under the HOOKS key.
  • Restricted names given to nodes to match the regex pattern [\w\.-]+$.
  • Removed KedroContext._create_config_loader() and KedroContext._create_data_catalog(). They have been replaced by registration hooks, namely register_config_loader() and register_catalog() (see also upcoming deprecations).

Upcoming deprecations for Kedro 0.18.0

  • kedro.framework.context.load_context will be removed in release 0.18.0.
  • kedro.framework.cli.get_project_context will be removed in release 0.18.0.
  • We've added a DeprecationWarning to the decorator API for both node and pipeline. These will be removed in release 0.18.0. Use Hooks to extend a node's behaviour instead.
  • We've added a DeprecationWarning to the Transformers API when adding a transformer to the catalog. These will be removed in release 0.18.0. Use Hooks to customise the load and save methods.

Thanks for supporting contributions

Deepyaman Datta, Zach Schuster

Migration guide from Kedro 0.16.* to 0.17.*

Reminder: Our documentation on how to upgrade Kedro covers a few key things to remember when updating any Kedro version.

The Kedro 0.17.0 release contains some breaking changes. If you update Kedro to 0.17.0 and then try to work with projects created against earlier versions of Kedro, you may encounter some issues when trying to run kedro commands in the terminal for that project. Here's a short guide to getting your projects running against the new version of Kedro.

Note: As always, if you hit any problems, please check out our documentation:

To get an existing Kedro project to work after you upgrade to Kedro 0.17.0, we recommend that you create a new project against Kedro 0.17.0 and move the code from your existing project into it. Let's go through the changes, but first, note that if you create a new Kedro project with Kedro 0.17.0 you will not be asked whether you want to include the boilerplate code for the Iris dataset example. We've removed this option (you should now use a Kedro starter if you want to create a project that is pre-populated with code).

To create a new, blank Kedro 0.17.0 project to drop your existing code into, you can create one, as always, with kedro new. We also recommend creating a new virtual environment for your new project, or you might run into conflicts with existing dependencies.

  • Update pyproject.toml: Copy the following three keys from the .kedro.yml of your existing Kedro project into the pyproject.toml file of your new Kedro 0.17.0 project:
package_name = "<package_name>"
project_name = "<project_name>"
project_version = "0.17.0"

Check your source directory. If you defined a different source directory (source_dir), make sure you also move that to pyproject.toml.

  • Copy files from your existing project:

    • Copy subfolders of project/src/project_name/pipelines from existing to new project
    • Copy subfolders of project/src/test/pipelines from existing to new project
    • Copy the requirements your project needs into requirements.txt and/or
    • Copy your project configuration from the conf folder. Take note of the new locations needed for modular pipeline configuration (move it from conf/<env>/pipeline_name/catalog.yml to conf/<env>/catalog/pipeline_name.yml and likewise for parameters.yml).
    • Copy from the data/ folder of your existing project, if needed, into the same location in your new project.
    • Copy any Hooks from src/<package_name>/
  • Update your new project's README and docs as necessary.

  • Update For example, if you specified additional Hook implementations in hooks, or listed plugins under disable_hooks_by_plugin in your .kedro.yml, you will need to move them to accordingly:

from <package_name>.hooks import MyCustomHooks, ProjectHooks

HOOKS = (ProjectHooks(), MyCustomHooks())

  • Migration for node names. From 0.17.0 the only allowed characters for node names are letters, digits, hyphens, underscores and/or fullstops. If you have previously defined node names that have special characters, spaces or other characters that are no longer permitted, you will need to rename those nodes.

  • Copy changes to If you previously customised the kedro run command or added more CLI commands to your, you should move them into <project_root>/src/<package_name>/ Note, however, that the new way to run a Kedro pipeline is via a KedroSession, rather than using the KedroContext:

with KedroSession.create(package_name=...) as session:
  • Copy changes made to ConfigLoader. If you have defined a custom class, such as TemplatedConfigLoader, by overriding ProjectContext._create_config_loader, you should move the contents of the function in src/<package_name>/, under register_config_loader.

  • Copy changes made to DataCatalog. Likewise, if you have DataCatalog defined with ProjectContext._create_catalog, you should copy-paste the contents into register_catalog.

  • Optional: If you have plugins such as Kedro-Viz installed, it's likely that Kedro 0.17.0 won't work with their older versions, so please either upgrade to the plugin's newest version or follow their migration guides.

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