Astronomer Cloud

Astronomer Cloud is a managed offering of Apache Airflow on an Astronomer-hosted cluster for ultimate abstraction from all-things infrastructure. It includes:

  • Secure and easy-to-spin-up Airflow environments with fully isolated resources

  • An Astronomer-built CLI for DAG deployment, connection management, and logging

  • Access to Astronomer's UI with secure authentication for easy deployment, user, and workspace management

  • Resource controls on Astronomer's UI

  • Multiple support options pending your team's needs

Astronomer Enterprise

Astronomer Enterprise allows you to run a private version of our platform on your own Kubernetes cluster. It includes:

  • Astronomer Command Center that includes an Astronomer-built UI, CLI, and a GraphQL API for easy cluster and deployment management on Kubernetes

  • Access to a Prometheus and Grafana monitoring stack for metrics on your Airflow activity

  • Enterprise Authentication that supports Google Suite, SAML, Office 365, Active Directory, and more through auth0.

  • Enterprise-grade business day or business critical support

For our full installation guides, go to our EE Getting Started Guide.

Platform Overview

Airflow Deployment

When you create a new Airflow deployment on Astronomer, the platform will deploy the following:

  • Kubernetes pods for an Airflow Webserver
  • Airflow Scheduler
  • Pool of Celery workers
  • A small Redis instance (that backs Celery)
  • A statsd pod that streams metrics to a centralized Prometheus and Grafana (Enterprise only)

Astronomer makes it easy to deploy these containers to Kubernetes - but more importantly, to give Airflow developers a CLI to deploy DAGs through a private Docker registry that interacts with the Kubernetes API.


Astronomer Cloud is a managed offering of Apache Airflow hosted on Astronomer. To get started, follow this guide.

If you're interested in self-installing Astronomer onto Kubernetes our Enterprise Edition, follow our install guides.

When you install the Astronomer platform, a number of components are deployed, including:

  • Prometheus
  • Grafana
  • A GraphQL API (Houston)
  • A React UI (Orbit)
  • A Private Docker Registry (used in the DAG deployment process).

Helm charts here:

Authentication Options

  • Local (username/password)
  • Auth0 (supports SAML, Active Directory, other SSO)
  • Google
  • Github

Astronomer Code


The repository we consider the entrypoint to Astronomer is astronomer/astronomer.

Here, we define all of our docker images and link out to the rest of our repositories. As our product and documentation grows and matures, this repo will do so as well.

Helm Charts

This is what our Enterprise customers clone for an install:

We'd consider this repo our "umbrella" chart, since it contains several other charts that makeup our full system.

Astronomer CLI

The Astro CLI is our very own Command Line tool designed to help you develop locally and push Airflow deployments with ease.

For a detailed breakdown, jump over to our CLI Getting Started Guide.


Houston is a GraphQL API that serves as the source of truth for the Astronomer Platform. Our GraphQL API is used to interact

We're currently doing a quick re-write here.


Commander is a GRPC provisioning component of the Astronomer Platform. It is responsible for interacting with the underlying Kubernetes infrastructure layer.


Orbit is a GraphQL UI that provides easy access to the capabilities of the Astronomer platform.


dbBootstrapper is a utility that initializes databases and create Kubernetes secrets, and runs automatically when an Airflow cluster is created.