Note: This documentation is based on Kedro 0.17.0, if you spot anything that is incorrect then please create an issue or pull request.


Journal in Kedro allows you to save the history of pipeline. This functionality helps you reproduce results and gives you an ability to investigate failures in your workflow. Each pipeline run creates a log file formatted as, which is saved in the logs/journals directory. The log file contains two kinds of journal records.

Context journal record

A context journal record captures all the necessary information to reproduce the pipeline run, and has the following JSON format:

    "type": "ContextJournalRecord",
    "run_id": "2019-10-01T09.15.57.289Z",
    "project_path": "<path-to-project>/src/kedro-tutorial",
    "env": "local",
    "kedro_version": "0.17.0",
    "tags": [],
    "from_nodes": [],
    "to_nodes": [],
    "node_names": [],
    "from_inputs": [],
    "load_versions": {},
    "pipeline_name": null,
    "extra_params": {},
    "git_sha": "48dd0d3"

You will observe run_id, a unique timestamp used to identify a pipeline run, in the context journal record, as well as a git_sha, that corresponds to the current git commit hash when your project is tracked by git. If your project is not tracked by git, then the git_sha will be null, and you’ll see a warning message in your logs/info.log as follows:

2019-10-01 10:31:13,352 - kedro.versioning.journal - WARNING - Unable to git describe /<path-to-project>/src/kedro-tutorial

Dataset journal record

A dataset journal record tracks versioned dataset load and save operations, it is tied to the dataset name and run_id. The version attribute stores the exact timestamp used by the load or save operation. Dataset journal currently records load and save operations only for the datasets with enabled versioning. Please see Versioning section for more information about data versioning feature and the list of currently supported datasets.

The dataset journal record has the following JSON format:

    "type": "DatasetJournalRecord",
    "run_id": "2019-10-01T09.15.57.289Z",
    "name": "example_train_x",
    "operation": "load",
    "version": "2019-10-01T09.15.57.289Z"
❗While the context journal record is always logged at every run time of your pipeline, dataset journal record is only logged when load or save method is invoked for versioned dataset in DataCatalog.

Steps to manually reproduce your code and run the previous pipeline

Journals must be persisted to manually reproduce your specific pipeline run. You can keep journals corresponding to checkpoints in your development workflow in your source control repo. Once you have found a version you would like to revert to, follow the below steps:

  1. Checkout a commit from git_sha in the context journal record by running the following git command in your terminal:
git checkout <git_sha>
Note: If you want to go back to the latest commit in the current branch, you can run git checkout <branch-name>.
  1. Verify that the installed Kedro version is the same as the project_version in src/<project-package>/ by running kedro --version.
    • If the installed Kedro version does not match the project_version, verify that there are no changes that affect your project between the different Kedro versions by looking at, then update the Kedro version by pinning the kedro==project_version in requirements.txt and run kedro install in your terminal.
  2. Run the pipeline with the corresponding versioned datasets’ load versions fixed. Open the corresponding journal log file found in logs/journals, find dataset journal record, list all the dataset load versions and run the following command in your terminal:
kedro run --load-version="" --load-version=""

where --load-version should contain a dataset name and load version timestamp separated by :.