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+

Web catalog and backend services (on AWS)

See Enterprise install for installation instructions.

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