Flowman Interactive Shell (flowshell)#

flowshell is an interactive shell for inspecting and executing Flowman projects.

General Parameters#

  • -h displays help

  • -f <project_directory> specifies a different directory than the current for locating a Flowman project

  • -P <profile_name> activates a profile as being defined in the Flowman project

  • -D <key>=<value> Sets an environment variable

  • --conf <key>=<value> Sets a Flowman or Spark configuration variable

  • --info Dumps the active configuration to the console

  • --spark-logging <level> Sets the log level for Spark

  • --spark-master <master> Explicitly sets the address of the Spark master

  • --spark-name <application_name> Sets the Spark application name

  • -X or --verbose Enables logging at more verbose level

  • -XX or --debug Enables logging at debug level

User Settings File#

Available since Flowman version 1.0.0

By using the option -D and --conf you can manually override both Flowman environment and config variables. In addition to these command line options, Flowman will also look for a file .flowman-env.yml in the current working directory (which may not be the project directory!) for additional overrides. The file .flowman-env.yml looks as follows:

  # Override environment, for example set different directories
  - basedir=file:///tmp/weather
  - srcdir=$System.getenv('WEATHER_SRCDIR', 's3a://dimajix-training/data/weather')

  # Override config, for example inject AWS Credentials
  - spark.hadoop.fs.s3a.access.key=$System.getenv('AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID')
  - spark.hadoop.fs.s3a.secret.key=$System.getenv('AWS_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY')

The recommendation is not to add this file to source control (like git). Instead, developers should maintain their private copy of this file containing their specific configuration settings (like credentials, local directories etc.).


All commands within the Flowman Shell mimic the commands of flowexec. The main difference to multiple invocations of flowexec is the fact that the project is loaded only once and some additional commands are provided.

The commands are organized in command groups

  • info

  • job

  • mapping

  • model or relation

  • namespace

  • project

  • target

  • test

Some additional commands in flowshell which are not available via flowexec are

  • exit or quit


Start the Flowman shell for your project via

flowshell -f /path/to/your/project

Now you can list all jobs via

flowshell> job list

flowshell> job enter arg1=123
flowshell> job leave

flowshell> exit