Installation and Getting Started


System Dependencies

Ibis requires a working Python 2.7 or 3.5+ installation. We recommend using Anaconda to manage Python versions and environments.

Installing the Python Package

Install ibis using pip or conda:

pip install ibis-framework

This installs the ibis library to your configured Python environment.

Ibis can also be installed with Kerberos support for its HDFS functionality:

pip install ibis-framework[kerberos]

Some platforms will require that you have Kerberos installed to build properly.

  • Redhat / CentOS: yum install krb5-devel
  • Ubuntu / Debian: apt-get install libkrb5-dev
  • Arch Linux : pacman -S krb5

Impala Quickstart

Install dependencies for Ibis’s Impala dialect:

pip install ibis-framework[impala]

To create an Ibis client, you must first connect your services and assemble the client using connect():

import ibis

hdfs = ibis.hdfs_connect(host=webhdfs_host, port=webhdfs_port)
con = ibis.impala.connect(host=impala_host, port=impala_port,

Both method calls can take auth_mechanism='GSSAPI' or auth_mechanism='LDAP' to connect to Kerberos clusters. Depending on your cluster setup, this may also include SSL. See the API reference for more, along with the Impala shell reference, as the connection semantics are identical.

SQLite Quickstart

Install dependencies for Ibis’s SQLite dialect:

pip install ibis-framework[sqlite]

Create a client by passing a path to a SQLite database to connect():

>>> ibis.sqlite.connect('path/to/my/sqlite.db')

See for a quickstart using SQLite.

PostgreSQL Quickstart

Install dependencies for Ibis’s PostgreSQL dialect:

pip install ibis-framework[postgres]

Create a client by passing a connection string or individual parameters to connect():

>>> con = ibis.postgres.connect(
...     'postgresql://user:pass@host:port/my_database'
... )
>>> con = ibis.postgres.connect(
...     user='bob', port=23569, database='ibis_testing'
... )

Clickhouse Quickstart

Install dependencies for Ibis’s Clickhouse dialect:

pip install ibis-framework[clickhouse]

Create a client by passing in database connection parameters such as host, port, database, and user to connect():

>>> con = ibis.clickhouse.connect(host='localhost', port=9000)

BigQuery Quickstart

Install dependencies for Ibis’s BigQuery dialect:

pip install ibis-framework[bigquery]

Create a client by passing in the project id and dataset id you wish to operate with:

>>> con = ibis.bigquery.connect(project_id='ibis-gbq', dataset_id='testing')

By default ibis assumes that the BigQuery project that’s billed for queries is also the project where the data lives.

However, it’s very easy to query data that does not live in the billing project.


When you run queries against data from other projects the billing project will still be billed for any and all queries.

If you want to query data that lives in a different project than the billing project you can use the database() method of BigQueryClient objects:

>>> db = con.database('other-data-project.other-dataset')
>>> t = db.my_awesome_table
>>> t.sweet_column.sum().execute()  # runs against the billing project

Learning Resources

We collect Jupyter notebooks for learning how to use ibis here: Some of these notebooks will be reproduced as part of the documentation in the tutorial section.