Release Notes
Read below how Metaflow has improved over time.
We take backwards compatibility very seriously. In the vast majority of cases, you can upgrade Metaflow without expecting changes in your existing code. In the rare cases when breaking changes are absolutely necessary, usually, due to bug fixes, you can take a look at minor breaking changes below before you upgrade.
The Metaflow 2.4.2 release is a patch release
  • Bug Fixes
    • Fix a bug with accessing legacy logs through metaflow.client
    • Fix a bug with task datastore access when no task attempt has been recorded

Bug Fixes

Fix a bug with accessing legacy logs through metaflow.client (#779)

Metaflow v2.4.1 introduced a bug (due to a typo) in accessing legacy task logs through metaflow.client
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Task("pathspec/to/task").stdout
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This release fixes this issue.

Fix a bug with task datastore access when no task attempt has been recorded (#780)

A subtle bug was introduced in Metaflow 2.4.0 where the task datastore access fails when no task attempt was recorded. This release fixes this issue.
The Metaflow 2.4.1 release is a patch release
  • Bug Fixes
    • Expose non-pythonic dependencies inside the conda environment on AWS Batch
    • Introduce size properties for artifacts and logs in metaflow.client
    • Expose attempt level task properties
    • Introduce @kubernetes decorator for launching Metaflow tasks on Kubernetes

Bug Fixes

Expose non-pythonic dependencies inside the conda environment on AWS Batch (#735)

Prior to this release, non-pythonic dependencies in a conda environment were not automatically visible to a Metaflow task executing on AWS Batch (see #734) (they were available for tasks that were executed locally). For example
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would print an error. This release fixes the issue with the incorrect PATH configuration.

New Features

Introduce size properties for artifacts and logs in metaflow.client (#752)

This release exposes size properties for artifacts and logs (stderr and stdout) in metaflow.client. These properties are relied upon by the Metaflow UI (open-sourcing soon!).

Expose attempt level task properties (#725)

In addition to the above mentioned properties, now users of Metaflow can access attempt specific Task metadata using the client
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Introduce @kubernetes decorator for launching Metaflow tasks on Kubernetes (#644)

This release marks the alpha launch of @kubernetes decorator that allows farming off Metaflow tasks onto Kubernetes. The functionality works in exactly the same manner as @batch -
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from metaflow import FlowSpec, step, resources
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big_matrix = numpy.random.ranf((80000, 80000))
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print("The sum is %f." % self.sum)
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print("Computing it took %dms." % (self.took * 1000))
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will run all steps of this workflow on your existing EKS cluster (which can be configured with metaflow configure eks) and provides all the goodness of Metaflow!
To get started follow this guide! We would appreciate your early feedback at http://slack.outerbounds.co.
The Metaflow 2.4.0 release is a minor release and includes a breaking change
    • Change return type of created_at/finished_at in the client
  • Bug Fixes
    • Better error messages in case of a Conda issue
    • Fix error message in Metadata service
    • S3 retry counts are now configurable
    • New datastore implementation resulting in improved performance
    • S3 datatools performance improvements

Breaking Changes

Change return type of created_at/finished_at in the client (#692)

Prior to this release, the return type for created_at and finished_at properties in the Client API was a timestamp string. This release changes this to a datetime object, as the old behavior is considered an unintentional mis-feature (see below for details).
How to retain the old behavior
To keep the old behavior, append an explicit string conversion, .strftime('%Y-%m-%dT%H:%M:%SZ'), to the created_at and finished_at calls, e.g.
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Background
The first versions of Metaflow (internal to Netflix) returned a datetime object in all calls dealing with timestamps in the Client API to make it easier to perform operations between timestamps. Unintentionally, the return type was changed to string in the initial open-source release. This release introduces a number of internal changes, removing all remaining discrepancies between the legacy version of Metaflow that was used inside Netflix and the open-source version.
The timestamp change is the only change affecting the user-facing API. While Metaflow continues to make a strong promise of backwards compatibility of user-facing features and APIs, the benefits of one-time unification outweigh the cost of this relatively minor breaking change.

Bug Fixes

Better error messages in case of a Conda issue (#706)

Conda errors printed to stderr were not surfaced to the user; this release addresses this issue.

Fix error message in Metadata service (#712)

The code responsible for printing error messages from the metadata service had a problem that could cause it to be unable to print the correct error message and would instead raise another error that obfuscated the initial error. This release addresses this issue and errors from the metadata service are now properly printed.

New Features

S3 retry counts are now configurable (#700)

This release allows you to set the number of times S3 access are retried (the default is 7). The relevant environment variable is: METAFLOW_S3_RETRY_COUNT.

New datastore implementation resulting in improved performance (#580)

The datastore implementation was reworked to make it easier to extend in the future. It also now uploads artifacts in parallel to S3 (as opposed to sequentially) which can lead to better performance. The changes also contribute to a notable improvement in the speed of resume which can now start resuming a flow twice as fast as before. Documentation can be found here.

S3 datatools performance improvements (#697)

The S3 datatools better handles small versus large files by using the download_file command for larger files and using get_object for smaller files to minimize the number of calls made to S3.

2.3.6 (Sep 8th, 2021)

The Metaflow 2.3.6 release is a patch release.

Bug Fixes

Prior to this release, setting default execution environment to conda through METAFLOW_DEFAULT_ENVIRONMENT would result in a recursion error.
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File "/Users/savin/Code/metaflow/metaflow/cli.py", line 868, in start
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if e.TYPE == environment][0](ctx.obj.flow)
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if e.TYPE == DEFAULT_ENVIRONMENT][0](self.flow)
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RecursionError: maximum recursion depth exceeded
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This release fixes this bug.
Dots in volume names - @batch(host_volumes='/path/with/.dot') weren't being santized properly resulting in errors when a Metaflow task launched on AWS Batch. This release fixes this bug.

2.3.5 (Aug 23rd, 2021)

The Metaflow 2.3.5 release is a patch release.

Features

With this release, you can now mount and access instance host volumes within a Metaflow task running on AWS Batch. To access a host volume, you can add host-volumes argument to your @batch decorator -
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Bug Fixes

The following flow had a bug where the value for self.input was being imputed to None rather than the dictionary element. This release fixes this issue -
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from metaflow import FlowSpec, Parameter, step, JSONType
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2.3.4 (Aug 11th, 2021)

The Metaflow 2.3.4 release is a patch release.

Bug Fixes

PR #607 in Metaflow 2.3.3 introduced a bug with step-functions create command for IncludeFile parameters. This release rolls back that PR. A subsequent release will reintroduce a modified version of PR #607.

2.3.3 (Jul 29th, 2021)

The Metaflow 2.3.3 release is a patch release.

Features

Metaflow now supports setting resource tags for AWS Batch jobs and propagating them to the underlying ECS tasks. The following tags are attached to the AWS Batch jobs now -
  • metaflow.flow_name
  • metaflow.run_id
  • metaflow.step_name
  • metaflow.user / metaflow.owner
  • metaflow.version
  • metaflow.production_token
To enable this feature, set the environment variable (or alternatively in the metaflow config) METAFLOW_BATCH_EMIT_TAGS to True. Keep in mind that the IAM role (MetaflowUserRole, StepFunctionsRole) submitting the jobs to AWS Batch will need to have the Batch:TagResource permission.

Bug Fixes

Prior to this release, a parameter specification like -
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Parameter(name="test_param", type=int, default=None)
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will result in an error even though the default has been specified
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This release fixes this behavior by allowing the flow to execute as it would locally.
The IncludeFile parameter would return JSONified metadata about the file rather than the file contents when accessed through the Metaflow Client. This release fixes that behavior by returning instead the file contents, just like any other Metaflow data artifact.

2.3.2 (Jun 29th, 2021)

The Metaflow 2.3.2 release is a minor release.
  • Features
    • step-functions trigger command now supports --run-id-file option

Features

step-functions trigger command now supports --run-id-file option
Similar to run , you can now pass --run-id-file option to step-function trigger. Metaflow then will write the triggered run id to the specified file. This is useful if you have additional scripts that require the run id to examine the run or wait until it finishes.

2.3.1 (Jun 23rd, 2021)

The Metaflow 2.3.1 release is a minor release.

Features

Prior to this release, FlowSpec.merge_artifacts was loading all of the merged artifacts into memory after doing all of the consistency checks with hashes. This release now avoids the memory and compute costs of decompressing, de-pickling, re-pickling, and recompressing each merged artifact - resulting in improved performance of merge_artifacts.

2.3.0 (May 27th, 2021)

The Metaflow 2.3.0 release is a minor release.

Features

It's not uncommon for multiple people to work on the same workflow simultaneously. Metaflow makes it possible by keeping executions isolated through independently stored artifacts and namespaces. However, by default, all AWS Step Functions deployments are bound to the name of the workflow. If multiple people call step-functions create independently, each deployment will overwrite the previous one. In the early stages of a project, this simple model is convenient but as the project grows, it is desirable that multiple people can test their own AWS Step Functions deployments without interference. Or, as a single developer, you may want to experiment with multiple independent AWS Step Functions deployments of their workflow. This release introduces a @project decorator to address this need. The @project decorator is used at the FlowSpec-level to bind a Flow to a specific project. All flows with the same project name belong to the same project.
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The flow works exactly as before when executed outside AWS Step Functions and introduces project_name, branch_name & is_production in the current object.
On AWS Step Functions, however, step-functions create will create a new workflow example_project.user.username.ProjectFlow (where username is your user name) with a user-specific isolated namespace and a separate production token.
For deploying experimental (test) versions that can run in parallel with production, you can deploy custom branches with --branch
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To deploy a production version, you can deploy with --production flag (or pair it up with --branch if you want to run multiple variants in production)
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Note that the isolated namespaces offered by @project work best when your code is designed to respect these boundaries. For instance, when writing results to a table, you can use current.branch_name to choose the table to write to or you can disable writes outside production by checking current.is_production.

Hyphenated-parameters support in AWS Step Functions

Prior to this release, hyphenated parameters in AWS Step Functions weren't supported through CLI.
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Now, users can create their flows as usual on AWS Step Functions (with step-functions create) and trigger the deployed flows through CLI with hyphenated parameters -
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State Machine execution history logging for AWS Step Functions

Metaflow now logs State Machine execution history in AWS CloudWatch Logs for deployed Metaflow flows. You can enable it by specifying --log-execution-history flag while creating the state machine
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Note that you would need to set the environment variable (or alternatively in your Metaflow config) METAFLOW_SFN_EXECUTION_LOG_GROUP_ARN to your AWS CloudWatch Logs Log Group ARN to pipe the execution history logs to AWS CloudWatch Logs

2.2.13 (May 19th, 2021)

The Metaflow 2.2.13 release is a minor patch release.

Bug Fixes

Certain docker images override the entrypoint by executing eval on the user-supplied command. The 2.2.10 release impacted these docker images where we modified the entrypoint to support datastore based logging. This release fixes that regression.

2.2.12 (May 18th, 2021)

The Metaflow 2.2.12 release is a minor patch release.

Features

Prior to this release, the State Machines created by Metaflow while deploying flows to AWS Step Functions had the same name as that of the flow. With this release, Metaflow users can now override the name of the State Machine created by passing in a --name argument : python flow.py step-functions --name foo create or python flow.py step-functions --name foo trigger.
Metaflow now registers heartbeats at the run level and the task level for all flow executions (with the exception of flows running on AWS Step Functions where only task-level heartbeats are captured). This provides the necessary metadata to ascertain if a run/task has been lost. Subsequent releases of Metaflow will expose this information through the client.

Bug Fixes

The latest release of Click (8.0.0) broke certain idempotency assumptions in Metaflow which PR #526 addresses.

2.2.11 (Apr 30th, 2021)

The Metaflow 2.2.11 release is a minor patch release.
  • Bug Fixes
    • Fix regression that broke compatibility with Python 2.7

Bug Fixes

Fix regression that broke compatibility with Python 2.7

shlex.quote, introduced in #493, is not compatible with Python 2.7. pipes.quote is now used for Python 2.7.

2.2.10 (Apr 22nd, 2021)

The Metaflow 2.2.10 release is a minor patch release.

Features

AWS Logs Group, Region and Stream are now available in metadata for tasks executed on AWS Batch

For tasks that execute on AWS Batch, Metaflow now records the location where the AWS Batch instance writes the container logs in AWS Logs. This can be handy in locating the logs through the client API -
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Execution logs are now available for all tasks in Metaflow universe

All Metaflow runtime/task logs are now published via a sidecar process to the datastore. The user-visible logs on the console are streamed directly from the datastore. For Metaflow's integrations with the cloud (AWS at the moment), the compute tasks logs (AWS Batch) are directly written by Metaflow into the datastore (Amazon S3) independent of where the flow is launched from (User's laptop or AWS Step Functions). This has multiple benefits
  • Metaflow no longer relies on AWS Cloud Watch for fetching the AWS Batch execution logs to the console - AWS Cloud Watch has rather low global API limits which have caused multiple issues in the past for our users
  • Logs for AWS Step Functions executions are now also available in Amazon S3 and can be easily fetched by simply doing python flow.py logs 42/start or Step('Flow/42/start').task.stdout.

Bug Fixes

Fix regression with ping/ endpoint for Metadata service

Fix a regression introduced in v2.2.9 where the endpoint responsible for ascertaining the version of the deployed Metadata service was erroneously moved to ping/ from ping
python flow.py run --namespace= now correctly makes the global namespace visible within the flow execution.

2.2.9 (Apr 19th, 2021)

The Metaflow 2.2.9 release is a minor patch release.

Bugs

Pylint dependency was unpinned and made floating. See PR #462.
You are now able to specify docker images of the form foo/bar/baz:tag in the batch decorator. See PR #466.

List custom FlowSpec parameters in the intended order

The order in which parameters are specified by the user in the FlowSpec is now preserved when displaying them with --help. See PR #456.

2.2.8 (Mar 15th, 2021)

The Metaflow 2.2.8 release is a minor patch release.

Bugs

Metaflow was incorrectly handling environment variables passed through the @environment decorator in some specific instances. When @environment decorator is specified over multiple steps, the actual environment that's available to any step is the union of attributes of all the @environment decorators; which is incorrect behavior. For example, in the following workflow -
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Note the output for the step a which should have been bar. PR #452 fixes the issue.
Using @environment would often result in an error from pylint - E1102: environment is not callable (not-callable). Users were getting around this issue by launching their flows with --no-pylint. PR #451 fixes this issue.

2.2.7 (Feb 8th, 2021)

The Metaflow 2.2.7 release is a minor patch release.

Bugs

Workflows orchestrated by AWS Step Functions were failing to properly execute for-each steps on AWS Fargate. The culprit was lack of access to instance metadata for ECS. Metaflow instantiates a connection to Amazon DynamoDB to keep track of for-each cardinality. This connection requires knowledge of the region that the job executes in and is made available via instance metadata on EC2; which unfortunately is not available on ECS (for AWS Fargate). This fix introduces the necessary checks for inferring the region correctly for tasks executing on AWS Fargate. Note that after the recent changes to Amazon S3's consistency model, the Amazon DynamoDB dependency is no longer needed and will be done away in a subsequent release. PR: #436

2.2.6 (Jan 26th, 2021)

The Metaflow 2.2.6 release is a minor patch release.
  • Features
    • Support AWS Fargate as compute backend for Metaflow tasks launched on AWS Batch
    • Support shared_memory, max_swap, swappiness attributes for Metaflow tasks launched on AWS Batch
    • Support wider very-wide workflows on top of AWS Step Functions
  • Bug Fixes
    • Assign tags to Run objects generated through AWS Step Functions executions
    • Pipe all workflow set-up logs to stderr
    • Handle null assignment to IncludeFile properly

Features

Support AWS Fargate as compute backend for Metaflow tasks launched on AWS Batch

At AWS re:invent 2020, AWS announced support for AWS Fargate as a compute backend (in addition to EC2) for AWS Batch. With this feature, Metaflow users can now submit their Metaflow jobs to AWS Batch Job Queues which are connected to AWS Fargate Compute Environments as well. By setting the environment variable - METAFLOW_ECS_FARGATE_EXECUTION_ROLE, users can configure the ecsTaskExecutionRole for the AWS Batch container and AWS Fargate agent.

Support shared_memory, max_swap, swappiness attributes for Metaflow tasks launched on AWS Batch

The @batch decorator now supports shared_memory, max_swap, swappiness attributes for Metaflow tasks launched on AWS Batch to provide a greater degree of control for memory management.

Support wider very-wide workflows on top of AWS Step Functions

The tag metaflow_version: and runtime: is now available for all packaged executions and remote executions as well. This ensures that every run logged by Metaflow will have metaflow_version and runtime system tags available.

Bug Fixes

Assign tags to Run objects generated through AWS Step Functions executions

Run objects generated by flows executed on top of AWS Step Functions were missing the tags assigned to the flow; even though the tags were correctly persisted to tasks. This release fixes and brings inline the tagging behavior as observed with local flow executions.

Pipe all workflow set-up logs to stderr

Execution set-up logs for @conda and IncludeFile were being piped to stdout which made manipulating the output of commands like python flow.py step-functions create --only-json a bit difficult. This release moves the workflow set-up logs to stderr.

Handle null assignment to IncludeFile properly

A workflow executed without a required IncludeFile parameter would fail when the parameter was referenced inside the flow. This release fixes the issue by assigning a null value to the parameter in such cases.

2.2.5 (Nov 11th, 2020)

The Metaflow 2.2.5 release is a minor patch release.
  • Features
    • Log metaflow_version: and runtime: tag for all executions
  • Bug Fixes
    • Handle inconsistently cased file system issue when creating @conda environments on macOS for linux-64

Features

Log metaflow_version: and runtime: tag for all executions

The tag metaflow_version: and runtime: is now available for all packaged executions and remote executions as well. This ensures that every run logged by Metaflow will have metaflow_version and runtime system tags available.

Bug Fixes

Handle inconsistently cased file system issue when creating @conda environments on macOS for linux-64

Conda fails to correctly set up environments for linux-64 packages on macOS at times due to inconsistently cased filesystems. Environment creation is needed to collect the necessary metadata for correctly setting up the conda environment on AWS Batch. This fix simply ignores the error-checks that conda throws while setting up the environments on macOS when the intended destination is AWS Batch.

2.2.4 (Oct 28th, 2020)

The Metaflow 2.2.4 release is a minor patch release.
  • Features
    • Metaflow is now compliant with AWS GovCloud & AWS CN regions
  • Bug Fixes
    • Address a bug with overriding the default value for IncludeFile
    • Port AWS region check for AWS DynamoDb from curl to requests

Features

Metaflow is now compliant with AWS GovCloud & AWS CN regions

AWS GovCloud & AWS CN users can now enjoy all the features of Metaflow within their region partition with no change on their end. PR: #364

Bug Fixes

Address a bug with overriding the default value for IncludeFile

Metaflow v2.1.0 introduced a bug in IncludeFile functionality which prevented users from overriding the default value specified.

Port AWS region check for AWS DynamoDb from curl to requests

Metaflow's AWS Step Functions' integration relies on AWS DynamoDb to manage foreach constructs. Metaflow was leveraging curl at runtime to detect the region for AWS DynamoDb. Some docker images don't have curl installed by default; moving to requests (a metaflow dependency) fixes the issue.

2.2.3 (Sept 8th, 2020)

The Metaflow 2.2.3 release is a minor patch release.
  • Bug Fixes
    • Fix issue #305 : Default 'help' for parameters was not handled properly.
    • Pin the conda library versions for Metaflow default dependencies based on the Python version.
    • Add conda bin path to the PATH environment variable during Metaflow step execution.
    • Fix a typo in metaflow/debug.py

Bug Fixes

Fix issue #305 : Default 'help' for parameters was not handled properly

Fix the issue where default help for parameters was not handled properly. Issue #305: flow fails because IncludeFile's default value for the help argument is None. PR: #318

Pin the conda library versions for Metaflow default dependencies based on the Python version

The previously pinned library version does not work with python 3.8. Now we have two sets of different version combinations which should work for python 2.7, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, and 3.8. PR: #308

Add conda bin path to the PATH environment variable during Metaflow step execution

Previously the executable installed in conda environment was not visible inside Metaflow steps. Fixing this issue by appending conda bin path to the PATH environment variable. PR: #307
PRs: #307, #308, #310, #314, #317, #318

2.2.2 (Aug 20th, 2020)

The Metaflow 2.2.2 release is a minor patch release.
  • Bug Fixes
    • Fix a regression introduced in 2.2.1 related to Conda environments
    • Clarify Pandas requirements for Tutorial Episode 04
    • Fix an issue with the metadata service

Bug Fixes

Fix a regression with Conda

Metaflow 2.2.1 included a commit which was merged too early and broke the use of Conda. This release reverses this patch.

Clarify Pandas version needed for Episode 04

Recent versions of Pandas are not backward compatible with the one used in the tutorial; a small comment was added to warn of this fact.

Fix an issue with the metadata service

In some cases, the metadata service would not properly create runs or tasks.
PRs #296, #297, #298

2.2.1 (Aug 17th, 2020)

The Metaflow 2.2.1 release is a minor patch release.
  • Features
    • Add include parameter to merge_artifacts.
  • Bug Fixes
    • Fix a regression introduced in 2.1 related to S3 datatools
    • Fix an issue where Conda execution would fail if the Conda environment was not writeable
    • Fix the behavior of uploading artifacts to the S3 datastore in case of retries

Features

Add include parameter for merge_artifacts

You can now specify the artifacts to be merged explicitly by the merge_artifacts method as opposed to just specifying the ones that should not be merged.

Bug Fixes

Fix a regression with datatools

Fixes the regression described in #285.

Fix an issue with Conda in certain environments

In some cases, Conda is installed system wide and the user cannot write to its installation directory. This was causing issues when trying to use the Conda environment. Fixes #179.

Fix an issue with the S3 datastore in case of retries

Retries were not properly handled when uploading artifacts to the S3 datastore. This fix addresses this issue.
PRs #282, #286, #287, #288, #289, #290, #291

2.2.0 (Aug 4th, 2020)

The Metaflow 2.2.0 release is a minor release and introduces Metaflow's support for R lang.

Features

Support for R lang.

This release provides an idiomatic API to access Metaflow in R lang. It piggybacks on the Pythonic implementation as the backend providing most of the functionality previously accessible to the Python community. With this release, R users can structure their code as a metaflow flow. Metaflow will snapshot the code, data, and dependencies automatically in a content-addressed datastore allowing for resuming of workflows, reproducing past results, and inspecting anything about the workflow e.g. in a notebook or RStudio IDE. Additionally, without any changes to their workflows, users can now execute code on AWS Batch and interact with Amazon S3 seamlessly.
PR #263 and PR #214

2.1.1 (Jul 30th, 2020)

The Metaflow 2.1.1 release is a minor patch release.
  • Bug Fixes
    • Handle race condition for /step endpoint of metadata service.

Bug Fixes

Handle race condition for /step endpoint of metadata service.

The foreach step in AWS Step Functions launches multiple AWS Batch tasks, each of which tries to register the step metadata if it already doesn't exist. This can result in a race condition and cause the task to fail. This patch properly handles the 409 response from the service.
PR #258 & PR #260

2.1.0 (Jul 29th, 2020)

The Metaflow 2.1.0 release is a minor release and introduces Metaflow's integration with AWS Step Functions.
  • Features
    • Add capability to schedule Metaflow flows with AWS Step Functions.
    • Fix log indenting in Metaflow.
    • Throw exception properly if fetching code package from Amazon S3 on AWS Batch fails.
    • Remove millisecond information from timestamps returned by Metaflow client.
    • Handle CloudWatchLogs resource creation delay gracefully.

Features

Add capability to schedule Metaflow flows with AWS Step Functions.

Netflix uses an internal DAG scheduler to orchestrate most machine learning and ETL pipelines in production. Metaflow users at Netflix can seamlessly deploy and schedule their flows to this scheduler. Now, with this release, we are introducing a similar integration with AWS Step Functions where Metaflow users can easily deploy & schedule their flows by simply executing
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which will create an AWS Step Functions state machine for them. With this feature, Metaflow users can now enjoy all the features of Metaflow along with a highly available, scalable, maintenance-free production scheduler without any changes in their existing code.
We are also introducing a new decorator - @schedule, which allows Metaflow users to instrument time-based triggers via Amazon EventBridge for their flows deployed on AWS Step Functions.
With this integration, Metaflow users can inspect their flows deployed on AWS Step Functions as before and debug and reproduce results from AWS Step Functions on their local laptop or within a notebook.
PR #211 addresses Issue #2.

Improvements

Fix log indenting in Metaflow.

Metaflow was inadvertently removing leading whitespace from user-visible logs on the console. Now Metaflow presents user-visible logs with the correct formatting.
PR #244 fixed issue #223.

Throw exception properly if fetching code package from Amazon S3 on AWS Batch fails.

Due to malformed permissions, AWS Batch might not be able to fetch the code package from Amazon S3 for user code execution. In such scenarios, it wasn't apparent to the user, where the code package was being pulled from, making triaging any permission issue a bit difficult. Now, the Amazon S3 file location is part of the exception stack trace.
PR #243 fixed issue #232.

Remove millisecond information from timestamps returned by Metaflow client.

Metaflow uses time to store the created_at and finished_at information for the Run object returned by Metaflow client. time unfortunately does not support the %f directive, making it difficult to parse these fields by datetime or time. Since Metaflow doesn't expose timings at millisecond grain, this PR drops the %f directive.
PR #227 fixed issue #224.

Handle CloudWatchLogs resource creation delay gracefully.

When launching jobs on AWS Batch, the CloudWatchLogStream might not be immediately created (and may never be created if say we fail to pull the docker image for any reason whatsoever). Metaflow will now simply retry again next time.
PR #209.

2.0.5 (Apr 30th, 2020)

The Metaflow 2.0.5 release is a minor patch release.
    • Fix logging of prefixes in datatools.S3._read_many_files.
    • Increase retry count for AWS Batch logs streaming.
    • Upper-bound pylint version to < 2.5.0 for compatibility issues.
The Metaflow 2.0.5 release is a minor patch release.

Improvements

Fix logging of prefixes in datatools.S3._read_many_files

Avoid a cryptic error message when datatools.S3._read_many_files is unsuccessful by converting prefixes from a generator to a list.

Increase retry count for AWS Batch logs streaming.

Modify the retry behavior for log fetching on AWS Batch by adding jitters to exponential backoffs as well as reset the retry counter for every successful request.
Additionally, fail the Metaflow task when we fail to stream the task logs back to the user's terminal even if AWS Batch task succeeds.

Upper-bound pylint version to < 2.5.0.

pylint version 2.5.0 would mark Metaflow's self.next() syntax as an error. As a result, python helloworld.py run would fail at the pylint check step unless we run with --no-pylint. This version upper-bound is supposed to automatically downgrade pylint during metaflow installation if pylint==2.5.0 has been installed.

2.0.4 (Apr 28th, 2020)

The Metaflow 2.0.4 release is a minor patch release.
    • Expose retry_count in Current
    • Mute superfluous ThrottleExceptions in AWS Batch job logs
  • Bug Fixes
    • Set proper thresholds for retrying DescribeJobs API for AWS Batch
    • Explicitly override PYTHONNOUSERSITE for conda environments
    • Preempt AWS Batch job log collection when the job fails to get into a RUNNING state

Improvements

Expose retry_count in Current

You can now use the current singleton to access the retry_count of your task. The first attempt of the task will have retry_count as 0 and subsequent retries will increment the retry_count. As an example:
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@retry
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Mute superfluous ThrottleExceptions in AWS Batch job logs

The AWS Logs API for get_log_events has a global hard limit on 10 requests per sec. While we have retry logic in place to respect this limit, some of the ThrottleExceptions usually end up in the job logs causing confusion to the end-user. This release addresses this issue (also documented in #184).

Bug Fixes

Set proper thresholds for retrying DescribeJobs API for AWS Batch

The AWS Batch API for describe_jobs throws ThrottleExceptions when managing a flow with a very wide for-each step. This release adds retry behavior with backoffs to add proper resiliency (addresses #138).

Explicitly override PYTHONNOUSERSITE for conda environments

In certain user environments, to properly isolate conda environments, we have to explicitly override PYTHONNOUSERSITE rather than simply relying on python -s (addresses #178).

Preempt AWS Batch job log collection when the job fails to get into a RUNNING state

Fixes a bug where if the AWS Batch job crashes before entering the RUNNING state (often due to incorrect IAM perms), the previous log collection behavior would fail to print the correct error message making it harder to debug the issue (addresses #185).

2.0.3 (Mar 6th, 2020)

The Metaflow 2.0.3 release is a minor patch release.

Improvements

Parameter listing

You can now use the current singleton (documented here) to access the names of the parameters passed into your flow. As an example:
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This addresses #137.

Usability improvements

A few issues were addressed to improve the usability of Metaflow. In particular, show now properly respects indentation making the description of steps and flows more readable. This addresses #92. Superfluous print messages were also suppressed when executing on AWS batch with the local metadata provider (#152).

Performance

Conda

A smaller, newer and standalone Conda installer is now used resulting in faster and more reliable Conda bootstrapping (#123).

Bug Fixes

Executing on AWS Batch

We now check for the command line --datastore-root prior to using the environment variable METAFLOW_DATASTORE_SYSROOT_S3 when determining the S3 root (#134). This release also fixes an issue where using the local Metadata provider with AWS batch resulted in incorrect directory structure in the .metaflow directory (#141).

2.0.2 (Feb 11th, 2020)

Bug Fixes
  • Pin click to v7.0 or greater
  • Add checks to conda-package metadata to guard against .conda packages

2.0.1 (Dec 16th, 2019)

Enhancements
Bug Fixes
  • Fix a docker registry parsing bug in AWS Batch.
  • Fix various typos in Metaflow tutorials.

2.0.0 (Dec 3rd, 2019)

Hello World!

  • First Open Source Release.
  • Read the blogpost announcing the release

Releases pre-2.0.0 were internal to Netflix

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