Quilt has two user-facing components:
  • A Python client
  • A web catalog

Python client

Python 3.7 or higher is required.
$ pip install 'quilt3[pyarrow]'
If you do not need to serialize and deserialize dataframes with Quilt, you can obtain a smaller install, useful in disk-constrained environments like AWS Lambda, with pip install quilt3.
If you plan to use Quilt Catalog Local Development Mode, add catalog extra while installing quilt3, e.g.:
$ pip install 'quilt3[catalog,pyarrow]'
If you wish to use AWS resources, such as S3 buckets, you will need valid AWS credentials. If this is your first time using the AWS CLI, run the following:
$ pip install awscli
$ aws configure
If you are already using the AWS CLI, you may use your existing profile, or create a new profile.


Install the current Quilt client from master:
$ pip install git+https://github.com/quiltdata/quilt.git#subdirectory=api/python

Web catalog and backend services (on AWS)

See Enterprise install for installation instructions.