Quick Start
Get PipeRider up and running quickly with this sample data quality project.
This quick start guide will show you how to:
PipeRider currently supports three data sources - SQLite, Postgres, and Snowflake. In this guide we will be using SQLite.

Before you start

Ensure you have the following installed:
  • Python 3.7+

Install PipeRider via pip

PipeRider can be installed via pip with the following command.
pip install piperider -U

Prepare SQLite database

Create a directory for the new project then either place your own SQLite database inside or download the sample database below.
mkdir dataproject && cd dataproject
curl -o sp500.db https://piperider-data.s3.ap-northeast-1.amazonaws.com/getting-started/sp500_20220401.db

Initialize a new PipeRider project

The init command creates a .piperider directory, inside the current directory, where all of the project files will be stored. This includes data source configuration, data quality assertions, data profiling information, and generated report files.
piperider init
Enter a name for your project, e.g. dataproject.
What is your project name? (alphanumeric only)
Using the arrow keys, select sqlite as the desired data source.
What data source would you like to connect to?
> sqlite

Verify project configuration

Use the diagnose command to check the project settings and ensure PipeRider can connect to the data source.
piperider diagnose
Sample output:
PipeRider Version: x.x.x
Check config files:
/path/to/dataproject/.piperider/config.yml: [OK]
βœ… PASS
Check format of data sources:
dataproject: [OK]
βœ… PASS
Check connections:
Name: dataproject
Type: sqlite
Available Tables: ['ACTION', 'PRICE', 'SYMBOL']
Connection: [OK]
βœ… PASS
Check dbt catalog files:
dataproject: [SKIP] provider is not dbt
βœ… PASS
Check assertion files:
βœ… PASS
πŸŽ‰ You are all set!
Next step:
Please execute command 'piperider run' to generate your first report

Run PipeRider - Profile data, test assertions, generate report

The run command performs the following functions.
On first run:
  • Analyzes the data source and generates a data profile.
  • Offers to generate recommended assertions and check the data profile against these assertions.
  • Generates blank assertion templates if recommended assertions were not created.
  • Generates a report.
On subsequent runs:
  • Analyzes the data source and generates a data profile.
  • Checks the data profile against any existing assertions.
  • Generates a report.
piperider run

Sample output for first run

PipeRider analyzes the data source and generates a data profile.
PipeRider will offer to generate recommended assertions. Answer 'yes'.
DataSource: dataproject
──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── Validating ─────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────
everything is OK.
───────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── Profiling ─────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────
fetching metadata
[1/3] ACTION ━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━ 4/4 0:00:00
[2/3] PRICE ━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━ 11/11 0:00:13
─────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── Profiling ────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────
No assertion found
Do you want to auto generate recommended assertions for this datasource [Yes/no]?
A recommended assertion YAML file for each table will be created under .piperider/assertions/ and you will be prompted to run the recommended assertions. Answer 'yes'.
Recommended Assertion: /path/to/dataproject/.piperider/assertions/recommended_ACTION.yml
Recommended Assertion: /path/to/dataproject/.piperider/assertions/recommended_PRICE.yml
Recommended Assertion: /path/to/dataproject/.piperider/assertions/recommended_SYMBOL.yml
Do you want to run above recommended assertions for this datasource [yes/no]? yes
PipeRider will test the data profile against the assertions and display the results.
───────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── Assertion Results ─────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────
Status Target Test Function Expected Actual
[ OK ] SYMBOL assert_row_count {'min': 454} 505
[ OK ] SYMBOL.SYMBOL assert_column_schema_type {'schema_type': 'VARCHAR(16777216)'} 'VARCHAR(16777216)'
[ OK ] SYMBOL.SYMBOL assert_column_unique {'success': True} {'success': True}
[ OK ] SYMBOL.SYMBOL assert_column_not_null {'success': True} {'success': True}
[ OK ] SYMBOL.NAME assert_column_schema_type {'schema_type': 'VARCHAR(16777216)'} 'VARCHAR(16777216)'
[ OK ] SYMBOL.NAME assert_column_unique {'success': True} {'success': True}
[ OK ] SYMBOL.NAME assert_column_not_null {'success': True} {'success': True}
[ OK ] SYMBOL.START_DATE assert_column_schema_type {'schema_type': 'DATE'} 'DATE'
[ OK ] SYMBOL.START_DATE assert_column_not_null {'success': True} {'success': True}
[ OK ] SYMBOL.END_DATE assert_column_schema_type {'schema_type': 'DATE'} 'DATE'
[ OK ] SYMBOL.END_DATE assert_column_not_null {'success': True} {'success': True}
[ OK ] SYMBOL.DESCRIPTION assert_column_schema_type {'schema_type': 'VARCHAR(16777216)'} 'VARCHAR(16777216)'
[ OK ] SYMBOL.DESCRIPTION assert_column_not_null {'success': True} {'success': True}
[ OK ] SYMBOL.EXCHANGE_CODE assert_column_schema_type {'schema_type': 'VARCHAR(16777216)'} 'VARCHAR(16777216)'
[ OK ] SYMBOL.EXCHANGE_CODE assert_column_not_null {'success': True} {'success': True}
[ OK ] SYMBOL.MARKET assert_column_schema_type {'schema_type': 'VARCHAR(16777216)'} 'VARCHAR(16777216)'
[ OK ] SYMBOL.MARKET assert_column_not_null {'success': True} {'success': True}
[ OK ] SYMBOL.COUNTRY assert_column_schema_type {'schema_type': 'VARCHAR(16777216)'} 'VARCHAR(16777216)'
[ OK ] SYMBOL.COUNTRY assert_column_not_null {'success': True} {'success': True}
[ OK ] SYMBOL.SECTOR assert_column_schema_type {'schema_type': 'VARCHAR(16777216)'} 'VARCHAR(16777216)'
[ OK ] SYMBOL.SECTOR assert_column_not_null {'success': True} {'success': True}
[ OK ] SYMBOL.INDUSTRY assert_column_schema_type {'schema_type': 'VARCHAR(16777216)'} 'VARCHAR(16777216)'
[ OK ] SYMBOL.INDUSTRY assert_column_not_null {'success': True} {'success': True}
[ OK ] SYMBOL.RECOMMENDATION_KEY assert_column_schema_type {'schema_type': 'VARCHAR(16777216)'} 'VARCHAR(16777216)'
[ OK ] SYMBOL.RECOMMENDATION_KEY assert_column_not_null {'success': True} {'success': True}
[ OK ] ACTION assert_row_count {'min': 1764} 1960
[ OK ] ACTION.SYMBOL assert_column_schema_type {'schema_type': 'VARCHAR(16777216)'} 'VARCHAR(16777216)'
[ OK ] ACTION.SYMBOL assert_column_not_null {'success': True} {'success': True}
[ OK ] ACTION.DATE assert_column_schema_type {'schema_type': 'DATE'} 'DATE'
[ OK ] ACTION.DATE assert_column_not_null {'success': True} {'success': True}
[ OK ] ACTION.DIVIDENDS assert_column_schema_type {'schema_type': 'NUMERIC(8, 4)'} 'NUMERIC(8, 4)'
[ OK ] ACTION.DIVIDENDS assert_column_max_in_range {'max': [13.7968, 16.8628]} {'max': 15.3298}
[ OK ] ACTION.DIVIDENDS assert_column_not_null {'success': True} {'success': True}
[ OK ] ACTION.SPLITS assert_column_schema_type {'schema_type': 'NUMERIC(10, 2)'} 'NUMERIC(10, 2)'
[ OK ] ACTION.SPLITS assert_column_max_in_range {'max': [3.6, 4.4]} {'max': 4}
[ OK ] ACTION.SPLITS assert_column_not_null {'success': True} {'success': True}
[ OK ] PRICE assert_row_count {'min': 142092} 157881
[ OK ] PRICE.SYMBOL assert_column_schema_type {'schema_type': 'VARCHAR(16777216)'} 'VARCHAR(16777216)'
[ OK ] PRICE.SYMBOL assert_column_not_null {'success': True} {'success': True}
[ OK ] PRICE.DATE assert_column_schema_type {'schema_type': 'DATE'} 'DATE'
[ OK ] PRICE.DATE assert_column_not_null {'success': True} {'success': True}
[ OK ] PRICE.foo assert_column_schema_type {'schema_type': 'NUMERIC(10, 2)'} 'NUMERIC(10, 2)'
[ OK ] PRICE.foo assert_column_max_in_range {'max': [5379.849, 6575.371]} {'max': 5977.61}
[ OK ] PRICE.foo assert_column_not_null {'success': True} {'success': True}
[ OK ] PRICE.HIGH assert_column_schema_type {'schema_type': 'NUMERIC(10, 2)'} 'NUMERIC(10, 2)'
[ OK ] PRICE.HIGH assert_column_max_in_range {'max': [5384.205, 6580.695]} {'max': 5982.45}
[ OK ] PRICE.HIGH assert_column_not_null {'success': True} {'success': True}
[ OK ] PRICE.LOW assert_column_schema_type {'schema_type': 'NUMERIC(10, 2)'} 'NUMERIC(10, 2)'
[ OK ] PRICE.LOW assert_column_max_in_range {'max': [5295.654, 6472.466]} {'max': 5884.06}
[ OK ] PRICE.LOW assert_column_not_null {'success': True} {'success': True}
[ OK ] PRICE.CLOSE assert_column_schema_type {'schema_type': 'NUMERIC(10, 2)'} 'NUMERIC(10, 2)'
[ OK ] PRICE.CLOSE assert_column_max_in_range {'max': [5363.397, 6555.263]} {'max': 5959.33}
[ OK ] PRICE.CLOSE assert_column_not_null {'success': True} {'success': True}
[ OK ] PRICE.VOLUME assert_column_schema_type {'schema_type': 'NUMERIC(38, 0)'} 'NUMERIC(38, 0)'
[ OK ] PRICE.VOLUME assert_column_max_in_range {'max': [287646813.0, 351568327.0]} {'max': 319607570}
[ OK ] PRICE.VOLUME assert_column_not_null {'success': True} {'success': True}
[ OK ] PRICE.ADJCLOSE assert_column_schema_type {'schema_type': 'NUMERIC(10, 2)'} 'NUMERIC(10, 2)'
[ OK ] PRICE.ADJCLOSE assert_column_max_in_range {'max': [5363.397, 6555.263]} {'max': 5959.33}
[ OK ] PRICE.ADJCLOSE assert_column_not_null {'success': True} {'success': True}
[ OK ] PRICE.MA5 assert_column_schema_type {'schema_type': 'NUMERIC(10, 2)'} 'NUMERIC(10, 2)'
[ OK ] PRICE.MA5 assert_column_max_in_range {'max': [5303.475, 6482.025]} {'max': 5892.75}
[ OK ] PRICE.MA20 assert_column_schema_type {'schema_type': 'NUMERIC(10, 2)'} 'NUMERIC(10, 2)'
[ OK ] PRICE.MA20 assert_column_max_in_range {'max': [5234.922, 6398.238]} {'max': 5816.58}
[ OK ] PRICE.MA60 assert_column_schema_type {'schema_type': 'NUMERIC(10, 2)'} 'NUMERIC(10, 2)'
[ OK ] PRICE.MA60 assert_column_max_in_range {'max': [4959.585, 6061.715]} {'max': 5510.65}
────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── Summary ──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────
Table Name #Columns Profiled #Tests Executed #Tests Failed
ACTION 4 11 0
PRICE 11 29 0
SYMBOL 11 25 0
Generating reports from: /Users/gabriel/Workspace/github/pipe_nightly/.piperider/outputs/latest/run.json
Report generated in /Users/gabriel/Workspace/github/pipe_nightly/.piperider/outputs/latest/index.html
Next step:
Please execute command 'piperider run' to generate your second report
A summary of the assertion tests that were executed is displayed, along with the location of two files:
  • run.json - The data profile used for the assertions test.
  • index.html - The report that was generated for this run.
Open the HTML report in the browser to see the visualized results or share it with your team.
Refer to How-To: Generate Report for other methods generate reports

Apply data assertions

In your text editor, open .piperider/assertions/recommended_PRICE.yml . The auto-generated assertions file will look like this:
# Auto-generated by Piperider based on table "PRICE"
PRICE: # Table Name
description: Stock price
# Test Cases for Table
- name: assert_row_count_in_range
- 160271
- 195886
SYMBOL: # Column Name
description: Stock symbol
# Test Cases for Column
- name: assert_column_type
type: string
DATE: # Column Name
description: Record date
# Test Cases for Column
- name: assert_column_type
type: datetime
OPEN: # Column Name
description: Opening price
# Test Cases for Column
- name: assert_column_type
type: numeric
- name: assert_column_min_in_range
- 6
- 7
You can modify these auto-generated assertion logic or add make your own custom assertions, and then execute piperider run again to see the results.
Refer to Built-In Assertions and Custom Assertions for detailed assertion settings

Compare reports

compare-reports enables you to create a comparison report that compares two different reports. The comparison report is useful for seeing how your data has changed over time.
To simulate a change in your data, download the following sqlite database overwriting the existing one.
curl -o sp500.db https://piperider-data.s3.ap-northeast-1.amazonaws.com/getting-started/sp500_20220527.db
Execute run to generate new profiling results and a report from the updated database .
piperider run
As the data has changed since we generated assertions, you will notice that some assertions now fail.
──────────────────────────────────────────── Assertion Results ────────────────────────────────────────────
[ OK ] SYMBOL.RECOMMENDATION_KEY assert_column_type Expected: {'type': 'string'} Actual: string
[FAILED] ACTION assert_row_count_in_range Expected: {'count': [1764, 2156]} Actual: 2187
[ OK ] ACTION.SYMBOL assert_column_exist Expected: {'success': True} Actual: {'success': True}
[ OK ] ACTION.SPLITS assert_column_min_in_range Expected: {'min': [0.117, 0.14300000000000002]} Actual: {'min': 0.13}
[FAILED] PRICE assert_row_count_in_range Expected: {'count': [142092, 173669]} Actual: 178079
[ OK ] PRICE.SYMBOL assert_column_type Expected: {'type': 'string'} Actual: string
The Summary also shows which tests failed.
──────────────────────────────────────────────── Summary ───────────────────────────────────────────────────────
Table 'ACTION'
4 columns profiled
9 test executed
1 of 9 tests failed:
[FAILED] ACTION assert_row_count_in_range Expected: {'count': [1764, 2156]} Actual: 2187
Table 'PRICE'
11 columns profiled
30 test executed
1 of 30 tests failed:
[FAILED] PRICE assert_row_count_in_range Expected: {'count': [142092, 173669]} Actual: 178079
Table 'SYMBOL'
11 columns profiled
14 test executed
Now that you have a second report, run the compare-reports command.
piperider compare-reports
You will be prompted to select two reports for the comparison. Select the most recent report and one report from before you downloaded the new database.
[?] Please select the 2 reports to compare ( SPACE to select, and ENTER to confirm ):
X dataproject #table=3 #pass=51 #fail=2 2022-06-23T13:01:37.543978Z
> X dataproject #table=3 #pass=53 #fail=0 2022-06-23T12:48:11.794525Z
PipeRider will generate an HTML report of the comparison.
Selected reports:
Base: /path/to/dataproject/.piperider/outputs/dataproject-20220623130137/run.json
Input: /path/to/dataproject/.piperider/outputs/dataproject-20220623124811/run.json
Comparison report: /path/to/dataproject/.piperider/comparisons/20220623130337/index.html
Open the HTML comparison report in your browser to review any changes or share it with your team.
PipeRider comparison report
From the output you can see the results in the following format:
Furthermore, you will see the profiling and assertions results, and with a generated run.json and a generated HTML report, index.html.
Used Assertion
Expected: {'count': [454, 555]} Actual: 505
Expected: {'min': [0, 0]} Actual: {'min': 0.13}
Expected: {'type': 'string'} Actual: string