Lifecycle management with KedroSession


A KedroSession allows you to:

  • Manage the lifecycle of a Kedro run

  • Persist runtime parameters with corresponding session IDs

  • Traceback runtime parameters, such as CLI command flags and environment variables

KedroSession decouples Kedro’s library components, managed by KedroContext, and any session data (both static and dynamic data). As a result, Kedro components and plugins can access session data without the need to import the KedroContext object and library components.

The main methods and properties of KedroSession are:

  • create(): Create a new instance of KedroSession with session data

  • load_context(): Instantiate KedroContext object

  • close(): Close the current session — although we recommend that you use the session object as a context manager, which will call close() automatically, as opposed to calling the method explicitly

  • run(): Run the pipeline with the arguments provided; see Running pipelines for details

Create a session

The following code creates a KedroSession object as a context manager and runs a pipeline inside the context, with session data provided. The session automatically closes after exit:

from kedro.framework.session import KedroSession
from kedro.framework.startup import bootstrap_project
from pathlib import Path

with KedroSession.create() as session:

You can provide the following optional arguments in KedroSession.create():

  • project_path: Path to the project root directory

  • save_on_close: A boolean value to indicate whether or not to save the session to disk when it’s closed

  • env: Environment for the KedroContext

  • extra_params: Optional dictionary containing extra project parameters for the underlying KedroContext; if specified, this will update (and therefore take precedence over) parameters retrieved from the project configuration

bootstrap_project and configure_project

General overview diagram for KedroSession creation

Both bootstrap_project and configure_project handle the setup of a Kedro project, but there are subtle differences: bootstrap_project is used for project mode, and configure_project is used for packaged mode.

Kedro’s CLI runs the functions at startup as part of kedro run so in most cases you don’t need to call these functions. If you want to interact with a Kedro project programatically in an interactive session such as Notebook, use %reload_kedro line magic with Jupyter or IPython. Only use these functions directly if none of these methods work.


This function uses configure_project, and additionally reads metadata from pyproject.toml and adds the project root to sys.path so the project can be imported as a Python package. It is typically used to work directly with the source code of a Kedro project.


This function reads and and registers the configuration before Kedro’s run starts. If you have a packaged Kedro project, you only need to run configure_project before executing your pipeline.