Developing Kedro plugins

Note: This documentation is based on Kedro 0.16.3, if you spot anything that is incorrect then please create an issue or pull request.

The functionality of Kedro can be extended using its plugin framework, which is designed to reduce the complexity involved in creating new features for Kedro while allowing you to inject additional commands into the CLI. Plugins are developed as separate Python packages that exist outside of any Kedro project.


Kedro uses various entry points in the pkg_resources entry_point system to provide plugin functionality.

While running, plugins may request information about the current project by calling kedro.framework.cli.get_project_context().

This function provides access to the verbose flag via the key verbose and to anything returned by the project’s KedroContext. The returned instance of ProjectContext(KedroContext) class must contain at least the following properties and methods:

  • project_version: the version of Kedro the project was created with, or None if the project was not created with kedro new.
  • project_path: the path to the directory where .kedro.yml is located.
  • config_loader: an instance of kedro.config.ConfigLoader.
  • catalog: an instance of
  • pipeline: an instance of kedro.pipeline.Pipeline.
Note: Plugins may require additional keys to be added to ProjectContext in
Note: kedro.framework.cli.get_project_context(key), where key is get_config, create_catalog, create_pipeline, template_version, project_name and project_path, is deprecated as of Kedro 0.15.0, and will be removed for future versions.


If the plugin needs to do initialisation prior to Kedro starting, it can declare the entry_point key kedro.init. This entry point must refer to a function that currently has no arguments, but for future proofing you should declare it with **kwargs.

global and project commands

Plugins may also add commands to the Kedro CLI, which supports two types of commands:

  • global - available both inside and outside a Kedro project
  • project - available only when a Kedro project is detected in the current directory.

Global commands use the entry_point key kedro.global_commands. Project commands use the entry_point key kedro.project_commands.

Suggested command convention

We use the following command convention: kedro <plugin-name> <command>. With kedro <plugin-name> acting as a top-level command group. Note, this is a suggested way of structuring your plugin and is not necessary for your plugin to work.

Working with click

Commands must be provided as click Groups

The click Group will be merged into the main CLI Group. In the process, the options on the group are lost, as is any processing that was done as part of its callback function.

Contributing process

When you are ready to submit your code:

  1. Create a separate repository using our naming convention for plugins (kedro-<plugin-name>)
  2. Choose a command approach, plugins can have global and / or project commands
  • All global commands should be provided as a single click group
  • All project commands should be provided as another click group
  • The click groups are declared through the pkg_resources entry_point system
  1. Include a describing your plugin’s functionality and all dependencies that should be included
  2. Use GitHub tagging to tag your plugin as a kedro-plugin so that we can find it
Note: In future, we will feature a list of “Plugins by Contributors”. Your plugin needs to have an Apache 2.0 compatible license to be considered for this list.

Example of a simple plugin

A simple plugin that prints the pipeline as JSON might look like:


import click
from kedro.framework.cli import get_project_context"JSON")
def commands():
    """ Kedro plugin for printing the pipeline in JSON format """

def to_json():
    """ Display the pipeline in JSON format """
    context = get_project_context()

And have the following entry_points config in

    "kedro.project_commands": ["kedrojson = kedrojson.plugin:commands"],

Once the plugin is installed, you can run it as follows:

kedro to_json

Supported plugins

  • Kedro-Docker, a tool for packaging and shipping Kedro projects within containers
  • Kedro-Airflow, a tool for converting your Kedro project into an Airflow project
  • Kedro-Viz, a tool for visualising your Kedro pipelines

Community-developed plugins