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Alluxio has a Python Client for interacting with Alluxio through its REST API. The Python client exposes an API similar to the Alluxio Java API. See the doc for detailed documentation about all available methods. See the example of how to perform basic filesystem operations in Alluxio.

Alluxio Proxy dependency

The Python client interacts with Alluxio through the REST API provided by the Alluxio proxy.

The proxy is a standalone server that can be started using ${ALLUXIO_HOME}/bin/ proxy and stopped using ${ALLUXIO_HOME}/bin/ proxy. By default, the REST API is available on port 39999.

There are performance implications of using the HTTP proxy. In particular, using the proxy requires an extra hop. For optimal performance, it is recommended to run the proxy server and an Alluxio worker on each compute node.

Install Python Client Library

$ pip install alluxio

Example Usage

The following program includes examples of how to create directory, download, upload, check existence for, and list status for files in Alluxio.

#!/usr/bin/env python
# -*- coding: utf-8 -*-

import json
import sys

import alluxio
from alluxio import option

def colorize(code):
    def _(text, bold=False):
        c = code
        if bold:
            c = '1;%s' % c
        return '\033[%sm%s\033[0m' % (c, text)
    return _

green = colorize('32')

def info(s):
    print green(s)

def pretty_json(obj):
    return json.dumps(obj, indent=2)

def main():
    py_test_root_dir = '/py-test-dir'
    py_test_nested_dir = '/py-test-dir/nested'
    py_test = py_test_nested_dir + '/py-test'
    py_test_renamed = py_test_root_dir + '/py-test-renamed'

    client = alluxio.Client('localhost', 39999)

    info("creating directory %s" % py_test_nested_dir)
    opt = option.CreateDirectory(recursive=True)
    client.create_directory(py_test_nested_dir, opt)

    info("writing to %s" % py_test)
    with, 'w') as f:
        f.write('Alluxio works with Python!\n')
        with open(sys.argv[0]) as this_file:

    info("getting status of %s" % py_test)
    stat = client.get_status(py_test)
    print pretty_json(stat.json())

    info("renaming %s to %s" % (py_test, py_test_renamed))
    client.rename(py_test, py_test_renamed)

    info("getting status of %s" % py_test_renamed)
    stat = client.get_status(py_test_renamed)
    print pretty_json(stat.json())

    info("reading %s" % py_test_renamed)
    with, 'r') as f:

    info("listing status of paths under /")
    root_stats = client.list_status('/')
    for stat in root_stats:
        print pretty_json(stat.json())

    info("deleting %s" % py_test_root_dir)
    opt = option.Delete(recursive=True)
    client.delete(py_test_root_dir, opt)

    info("asserting that %s is deleted" % py_test_root_dir)
    assert not client.exists(py_test_root_dir)

if __name__ == '__main__':