Kedro plugins

Kedro plugins allow you to create new features for Kedro and inject additional commands into the CLI. Plugins are developed as separate Python packages that exist outside of any Kedro project.


Kedro uses setuptools, which is a collection of enhancements to the Python distutils to allow developers to build and distribute Python packages. Kedro uses various entry points in pkg_resources to provide plugin functionality.

Example of a simple plugin

Here is a simple example of a plugin that prints the pipeline as JSON:


import click
from kedro.framework.project import pipelines"JSON")
def commands():

def to_json(metadata):
    """Display the pipeline in JSON format"""
    pipeline = pipelines["__default__"]

The plugin provides the following entry_points config in

    entry_points={"kedro.project_commands": ["kedrojson = kedrojson.plugin:commands"]}

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

kedro to_json

Extend starter aliases

It is possible to extend the list of starter aliases built into Kedro. This means that a custom Kedro starter can be used directly through the starter argument in kedro new rather than needing to explicitly provide the template and directory arguments. A custom starter alias behaves in the same way as an official Kedro starter alias and is also picked up by kedro starter list.

You need to extend the starters by providing a list of KedroStarterSpec, in this example it is defined in a file called

Example for a non-git repository starter:

starters = [

Example for a git repository starter:

starters = [

The directory argument is optional and should be used when you have multiple templates in one repository as for the official kedro-starters. If you only have one template, your top-level directory will be treated as the template. For an example, see the pandas-iris starter.

In your, you need to register the specifications to kedro.starters.

    entry_points={"kedro.starters": ["starter =  plugin:starters"]},

After that you can use this starter with kedro new --starter=test_plugin_starter.


If your starter lives on a git repository, by default Kedro attempts to use a tag or branch labelled with your version of Kedro, e.g. 0.18.3.. This means that you can host different versions of your starter template on the same repository, and the correct one will automatically be used. If you do not wish to follow this structure, you should override it with the checkout flag, e.g. kedro new --starter=test_plugin_starter --checkout=main.

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.

Project context

When they run, plugins may request information about the current project by creating a session and loading its context:

from pathlib import Path

from kedro.framework.startup import _get_project_metadata
from kedro.framework.session import KedroSession

project_path = Path.cwd()
metadata = _get_project_metadata(project_path)
session = KedroSession.create(metadata.package_name, project_path)
context = session.load_context()


If the plugin initialisation needs to occur 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. Global commands use the entry_point key kedro.global_commands.

  • project - available only when a Kedro project is detected in the current directory. 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. This is our suggested way of structuring your plugin bit it is not necessary for your plugin to work.


You can develop hook implementations and have them automatically registered to the project context when the plugin is installed. To enable this for your custom plugin, simply add the following entry in your

setup(entry_points={"kedro.hooks": ["plugin_name = plugin_name.plugin:hooks"]})

where is the module where you declare hook implementations:

import logging

from kedro.framework.hooks import hook_impl

class MyHooks:
    def after_catalog_created(self, catalog):  # pylint: disable=unused-argument"Reached after_catalog_created hook")

hooks = MyHooks()


hooks should be an instance of the class defining the Hooks.

CLI Hooks

You can also develop hook implementations to extend Kedro’s CLI behaviour in your plugin. To find available CLI hooks, please visit kedro.framework.cli.hooks. To register CLI hooks developed in your plugin with Kedro, add the following entry in your project’s

setup(entry_points={"kedro.cli_hooks": ["plugin_name = plugin_name.plugin:cli_hooks"]})

where is the module where you declare hook implementations:

import logging

from kedro.framework.cli.hooks import cli_hook_impl

class MyCLIHooks:
    def before_command_run(self, project_metadata, command_args):
            "Command %s will be run for project %s", command_args, project_metadata

cli_hooks = MyCLIHooks()

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: 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

  3. Include a describing your plugin’s functionality and all dependencies that should be included

  4. Use GitHub tagging to tag your plugin as a kedro-plugin so that we can find it

Supported Kedro 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

See the full list of plugins using the GitHub tag kedro-plugin.


Your plugin needs to have an Apache 2.0 compatible license to be considered for this list.