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Analytics SDK - Python

1. Overviewโ€‹

The Snowplow Analytics SDK for Python lets you work with Snowplow enriched events in your Python event processing, data modeling and machine-learning jobs. You can use this SDK with Apache Spark, AWS Lambda, and other Python-compatible data processing frameworks.

2. Compatibilityโ€‹

Snowplow Python Analytics SDK was tested with Python of versions: 2.7, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5.

As analytics SDKs supposed to be used heavily in conjunction with data-processing engines such as Apache Spark, our goal is to maintain compatibility with all versions that PySpark supports. Whenever possible we try to maintain compatibility with broader range of Python versions and computing environments. This is achieved mostly by minimazing and isolating third-party dependencies and libraries.

There are only one external dependency currently:

  • Boto3 - AWS Python SDK that used to provide access to Event Load Manifests.

These dependencies can be installed from the package manager of the host system or through PyPi.

3. Setupโ€‹

3.1 PyPIโ€‹

The Snowplow Python Analytics SDK is published to PyPI, the the official third-party software repository for the Python programming language.

This makes it easy to either install the SDK locally, or to add it as a dependency into your own Python app or Spark job.

3.2 pipโ€‹

To install the Snowplow Python Analytics SDK locally, assuming you already have Pip installed:

$ pip install snowplow_analytics_sdk --upgrade

To add the Snowplow Analytics SDK as a dependency to your own Python app, edit your requirements.txt and add:


3.3 easy_installโ€‹

If you are still using easy_install:

$ easy_install -U snowplow_analytics_sdk

4. Run Manifestsโ€‹

4.1 Overviewโ€‹

The Snowplow Analytics SDK for Python provides you an API to work with run manifests. Run manifests is simple way to mark chunk (particular run) of enriched data as being processed, by for example Apache Spark data-modeling job.

4.2 Usageโ€‹

Run manifests functionality resides in new snowplow_analytics_sdk.run_manifests module.

Main class is RunManifests, that provides access to DynamoDB table via contains and add, as well as create method to initialize table with appropriate settings. Other commonly-used function is list_runids that is gives S3 client and path to folder such as enriched.archive or shredded.archive from config.yml lists all folders that match Snowplow run id format (run-YYYY-mm-DD-hh-MM-SS). Using list_runids and RunManifests you can list job runs and safely process them one by one without risk of reprocessing.

4.3 Exampleโ€‹

Here's a short usage example:

from boto3 import client
from snowplow_analytics_sdk.run_manifests import *

s3 = client('s3')
dynamodb = client('dynamodb')

dynamodb_run_manifests_table = 'snowplow-run-manifests'
enriched_events_archive = 's3://acme-snowplow-data/storage/enriched-archive/'
run_manifests = RunManifests(dynamodb, dynamodb_run_manifests_table)

run_manifests.create() # This should be called only once

for run_id in list_runids(s3, enriched_events_archive):
if not run_manifests.contains(run_id):

In above example, we create two AWS service clients for S3 (to list job runs) and for DynamoDB (to access manifests). These clients are provided via boto3 Python AWS SDK and can be initialized with static credentials or with system-provided credentials.

Then we list all run ids in particular S3 path and process (by user-provided process function) only those that were not processed already. Note that run_id is simple string with S3 key of particular job run.

RunManifests class is a simple API wrapper to DynamoDB, using which you can:

  • create DynamoDB table for manifests,
  • add run to table
  • check if table contains run id
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