Welcome to Astronomer.
This guide will help you kick off your trial on Astronomer by walking you through a sample DAG deployment from start to finish.
Start a Trial
If you haven't already, kick off your 14-day Astronomer Trial here.
Create an Account on Astronomer
Your first step after kicking off your trial is to create an account on Astronomer.
You can auth in via Google, Github, or standard username/password authentication.
This is how you'll log into both the Astronomer App and the CLI.
Note: Once your account is created, you won't be able to change your method of authorization.
Create a Workspace
If you're the first person at your org on Astronomer, you'll want to create a Workspace. You can think of Workspaces the same way you'd think of teams - a space that specific user groups have access to, with varying levels of permissions.
Airflow deployments are hierarchically lower - from a Workspace, you can create one or more Airflow deployments.
To read more about navigating our app, go here.
Join another Workspace
If you're new to Astronomer but someone else on your team has an existing Workspace you want to join, you'll still need to create an account.
Your fellow team member will be able to add you as a user to that shared Workspace directly from their account.
Role-based Access Control (RBAC) is roped into Astronomer v0.9 and beyond. For more info on that functionality, check out this doc.
Note: If you have any trouble with the confirmation email, check your spam filter. If that doesn't do the trick, reach out to us.
Start with the Astronomer CLI
Astronomer's open-source CLI is the easiest way to run Apache Airflow on your machine.
From the CLI, you can establish a local testing environment and deploy to Astronomer Cloud whenever you're ready.
To start using the CLI, make sure you've already installed:
To install the Astronomer CLI (v0.7.5-2), run:
$ curl -sSL https://install.astronomer.io | sudo bash -s -- v0.7.5-2
Note: If you're running on Windows, check out our Windows Install Guide.
Initialize your Airflow Project
Create a new project directory on your machine and
cd into it. This is where you'll store all files necessary to build and deploy our Airflow image.
$ mkdir <directory-name> && cd <directory-name>
Once you're in that project directory, run:
$ astro airflow init
This will generate some skeleton files:
. ├── dags # Where your DAGs go │ ├── example-dag.py # An example dag that comes with the initialized project ├── Dockerfile # For Astronomer's Docker image and runtime overrides ├── include # For any other files you'd like to include ├── packages.txt # For OS-level packages ├── plugins # For any custom or community Airflow plugins └── requirements.txt # For any Python packages
Running this command generates an example DAG for you to deploy while getting started.
The DAG itself doesn't have much functionality (it just prints the date a bunch of times), but it'll give you a chance to get accustomed to our deployment flow.
If you'd like to deploy some more functional example DAGs, check out the ones we've open sourced.
With those files in place, you're ready to push to your local Airflow environment.
$ astro airflow start
This command will spin up a Docker container on your machine with 3 Airflow components:
- Postgres: Airflow's Metadata Database
- Webserver: The Airflow component responsible for rendering the Airflow UI
- Scheduler: The Airflow component responsible for monitoring and triggering tasks
You should see the following output:
$ astro airflow start Sending build context to Docker daemon 11.78kB Step 1/1 : FROM astronomerinc/ap-airflow:0.7.5-1.10.1-onbuild # Executing 5 build triggers ---> Using cache ---> Using cache ---> Using cache ---> Using cache ---> Using cache ---> fac83ad0b2d8 Successfully built fac83ad0b2d8 Successfully tagged astro-trial/airflow:latest INFO [0/3] [postgres]: Starting INFO Recreating postgres INFO [1/3] [postgres]: Started INFO [1/3] [scheduler]: Starting INFO Recreating scheduler INFO [2/3] [scheduler]: Started INFO [2/3] [webserver]: Starting INFO Recreating webserver INFO [3/3] [webserver]: Started Airflow Webserver: http://localhost:8080/admin/ Postgres Database: localhost:5432/postgres
To verify, you can also run:
$ docker ps
Access the Airflow UI
To check out the Airflow UI on your local Airflow project, navigate here - http://localhost:8080/admin/
If you already have the 8080 port allocated, you can change it.
See your Sample DAG
The sample DAG automatically generated in your directory should be populated in your local Airflow's UI.
Try a Code Change
A few tips for when you're developing locally:
Any DAG Code changes will immediately render in the Airflow UI as soon as they're saved in your source-code editor
If you make changes to your Dockerfile,
requirements.txt, you'll have to rebuild your image by running:
$ astro airflow stop && astro airflow start
Check out your Logs
As you're developing locally, you'll want to pull logs for easy troubleshooting. Check out our Logs and Source Control doc for guidelines.
Customize Your Image
To stay slim, our base image is Alpine Linux. If you have already-written code ready to go, let's throw it in.
A few things you can do:
- Add DAGs in the
- Add custom airflow plugins to the
- Python packages can go in
- OS-level packages can go in
- Astronomer's Docker Image and some Environment Variables can go in your
If you're unfamiliar with Alpine Linux, check out some examples of what you'll need based on your use-case:
Deploy to Astronomer Cloud
Create an Airflow Deployment on Cloud
Now that we've made sure your DAGs run successfully when developing locally, you're ready to create a deployment on Astronomer.
- Log into Astronomer
- Navigate to the Workspace you want to create a deployment from
New Deploymenton the top right of the page
- Give your Deployment a Name + Description
- Choose your Executor (we'd recommend starting with Local)
- Wait a few minutes for your Webserver and Scheduler to spin up
For a full walk-through, check out our doc on Configuring your Deployment and Deploying your Code.
Deploy your First DAG
You're ready to deploy your first DAG to Astronomer Cloud.
Authenticate to the Astronomer CLI
To log into your existing account and pass our authorization flow, run:
$ astro auth login astronomer.cloud
Make sure you're in the right place
To get ready for deployment, make sure:
- You're in the right Workspace
- Your target deployment lives under that Workspace
Follow our CLI Getting Started Guide for more specific guidelines and commands.
When you're ready to deploy your DAGs, run:
$ astro airflow deploy
This command will return a list of deployments available in your Workspace and prompt you to pick one.
View your Example DAG on your Astronomer Cloud Deployment
After you deploy your example DAG, you'll be able to see it running in your Cloud deployment.
Now that you're set up on Astronomer and familiar with our deployment flow, consider a few next steps:
- Whitelist our IP for access to your external databases
- Think about setting up a CI/CD Pipeline
- Set up Airflow Alerts
- Migrate your DAGs (you'll have to manually port over Variables + Connections)