Flowman CLI Tools

Flowman Shell in Action

Flowman provides a small set of command line interface (CLI) executables for working with projects. These are used to execute projects as batch jobs, to investigate intermediate results of mappings etc. Moreover, the Flowman History Server will provide you a powerful Web UI for keeping track of past runs.

In order to efficiently work with larger data sets, Flowman also supports a client/server model where a kernel server is started within your Big Data environment and is accessed from the local development client via the Flowman Remote Shell. This significantly simplifies working with huge amounts of data from a developers client without the need to provide a direct network connectivity to data sources, YARN clusters, etc. The client only needs to connect to the Flowman Kernel server via a single port, and then all the work is performed by the server side.

Finally, some tools help to improve your development experience with Flowman. The schema generator will create an appropriate set of YAML schema files, which can be used in supported editors like Visual Studio Code, IntelliJ and others.