Getting Airflow

The easiest way to install the latest stable version of Airflow is with pip:

pip install airflow

You can also install Airflow with support for extra features like s3 or postgres:

pip install "airflow[s3, postgres]"

Extra Packages

The airflow PyPI basic package only installs what’s needed to get started. Subpackages can be installed depending on what will be useful in your environment. For instance, if you don’t need connectivity with Postgres, you won’t have to go through the trouble of installing the postgres-devel yum package, or whatever equivalent applies on the distribution you are using.

Behind the scenes, Airflow does conditional imports of operators that require these extra dependencies.

Here’s the list of the subpackages and what they enable:

subpackage install command enables
all pip install airflow[all] All Airflow features known to man
all_dbs pip install airflow[all_dbs] All databases integrations
async pip install airflow[async] Async worker classes for gunicorn
devel pip install airflow[devel] Minimum dev tools requirements
devel_hadoop pip install airflow[devel_hadoop] Airflow + dependencies on the Hadoop stack
celery pip install airflow[celery] CeleryExecutor
crypto pip install airflow[crypto] Encrypt connection passwords in metadata db
druid pip install airflow[druid] related operators & hooks
gcp_api pip install airflow[gcp_api] Google Cloud Platform hooks and operators (using google-api-python-client)
jdbc pip install airflow[jdbc] JDBC hooks and operators
hdfs pip install airflow[hdfs] HDFS hooks and operators
hive pip install airflow[hive] All Hive related operators
kerberos pip install airflow[kerberos] kerberos integration for kerberized hadoop
ldap pip install airflow[ldap] ldap authentication for users
mssql pip install airflow[mssql] Microsoft SQL operators and hook, support as an Airflow backend
mysql pip install airflow[mysql] MySQL operators and hook, support as an Airflow backend
password pip install airflow[password] Password Authentication for users
postgres pip install airflow[postgres] Postgres operators and hook, support as an Airflow backend
qds pip install airflow[qds] Enable QDS (qubole data services) support
rabbitmq pip install airflow[rabbitmq] Rabbitmq support as a Celery backend
s3 pip install airflow[s3] S3KeySensor, S3PrefixSensor
samba pip install airflow[samba] Hive2SambaOperator
slack pip install airflow[slack] SlackAPIPostOperator
vertica pip install airflow[vertica] Vertica hook support as an Airflow backend
cloudant pip install airflow[cloudant] Cloudant hook