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Get Started with the Patterns CLI Devkit

The Patterns Devkit lets you build and run your apps directly from the command line. You can use the Patterns Devkit to download and edit Apps, run your Apps, and use git or other version control for your Apps' code.


To install the Patterns Devkit, make sure you have Python 3.8 or newer.

Then, run the following command to install the devkit:

pip install patterns-devkit

Now you can check that the devkit is installed successfully with this command:



You can check that you have the latest version of the devkit installed:

patterns --version

And you can update your installation:

pip install --upgrade patterns-devkit


The Devkit uses OAuth to authenticate with Patterns. Run the following command to authenticate from the CLI:

patterns login

This command will open a browser window asking you to log in to Patterns and grant the Devkit access.

Once authorized, the Devkit stores your auth token in the following location, depending on your OS:

  • Linux: ~/.config/patterns/config.json
  • macOS: ~/Library/Preferences/patterns/config.json
  • Windows: %APPDATA%/patterns/config.json

You can also run the following command to see the location on your device:

patterns config

Downloading an App

You can use the Devkit download the source code for any Apps in your organization.

Get the App Slug

The devkit uses App slugs to identify apps. You can see all your Apps and their slugs with this command:

patterns list apps

Download the App

To download the App, run the following command, replacing my-app with your App's slug:

patterns download my-app

This command will create a new directory with the same name as your App slug containing all the code for your app.

Download new versions of an App

Once you've downloaded an app, if you make any changes from another device or in the Studio UI, you can fetch the latest version by running the following command from the app directory:

patterns download

The download command won't overwrite any files by default. If there are changes, add the --diff flag to show a detailed diff:

patterns download --diff

To overwrite your local files with the changes, add the --force flag:

patterns download --force

Editing an App locally

An App's structure is defined by a graph.yml file, but you don't need to edit this file manually to add a node to your app. You can add nodes with the Devkit by running the create node command from an App's downloaded source directory.

Adding a Python node

To add a Python or SQL node, you need to specify the source file to create:

patterns create node --name='Process data'

Adding an SQL node

patterns create node --name='Process data' process_data.sql

Adding a webhook node

For webhooks, specify the name of the table that the webhook will write to:

patterns create node --type=webhook --name='Ingest data' webhook_data

Adding a component node

You can add a Marketplace component by specifying its name and version:

patterns create node --type=component --name='Import data' patterns/some-component@v1

Uploading an App

After you make changes to and app you've downloaded, you can upload the new version of the App with the following command from the App's directory:

patterns upload

Like the download command, this won't overwrite any files by default. You can see a full diff of changes:

patterns upload --diff

Or force the upload to complete:

patterns upload --force

Running an App

You can trigger the run of a node in your App by specifying the node's file:

patterns trigger

Or with the App slug and node id:

patterns trigger --app=my-app --node-id=a1b2c3

The trigger command always runs the version of the App that's on the Studio. If you have any local changes, make sure you upload them first.

Using the Devkit with Git source control

All Patterns apps are fully defined by code. Once you've downloaded an app, you can check it in to the source control of your choice.

The devkit has built-in support for Git. As long as you have git installed, the upload command will skip the .git directory and any files or directories excluded by .gitignore.

Getting Help

To get usage details and info on the other commands available in the Devkit, pass --help to any command or subcommand:

patterns --help
patterns create node --help

If you encounter any trouble using the Devkit, you can create in the Devkit's GitHub repo, or chat with us on Slack