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Getting Started with Pachyderm Hub

Pachyderm Hub is a platform for data scientists where you can version-control your data, build analysis pipelines, and track the provenance of your data science workflow.

This section walks you through the steps of creating a cluster in Pachyderm Hub so that you do not need to worry about the underlying infrastructure and can get started using Pachyderm right away.

Pachyderm Hub enables you to preview Pachyderm functionality free of charge by removing the burden of deploying Pachyderm locally or in a third-party cloud platform. Currently, Pachyderm Hub is in beta so clusters cannot be turned into production clusters and should only be used for easy development and testing. Production-grade functionality will be supported in later releases.


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How it Works

To get started, complete the following steps:

Pachyderm Hub Steps

Log in

Pachyderm Hub uses GitHub OAuth as an identity provider. Therefore, to start using Pachyderm Hub, you need to log in by authorizing Pachyderm Hub with your GitHub account. If you do not have a GitHub account yet, create one by following the steps described in Join GitHub.

To log in to Pachyderm Hub, complete the following steps:

  1. Go to
  2. Click Try for free.
  3. Authorize Pachyderm Hub with your GitHub account by typing your GitHub user name and password.
  4. Proceed to Step 1.

Step 1: Create a Cluster

To get started, create a Pachyderm cluster on which your pipelines will run. A Pachyderm cluster runs on top of the underlying cloud infrastructure. In Pachyderm Hub, you can create a one-node cluster that you can use for a limited time.

To create a Pachyderm cluster, complete the following steps:

  1. If you have not yet done so, log in to Pachyderm Hub.
  2. Click Create cluster.
  3. Type a name for your cluster. For example, test1.
  4. Click Create.

    Your cluster is provisioned instantly!

    PachHub cluster

    Note: While Pachyderm maintains a few clusters that are instantly available, none may be available during periods of high traffic. If you see your cluster is in a starting state, you might have to wait a few minutes for it to be ready.

  5. Proceed to Step 2.

Step 2 - Connect to Your Cluster

Pachyderm Hub enables you to access your cluster through a command-line interface (CLI) called pachctl and the web interface called the Dashboard. Although you can perform most simple actions directly in the dashboard, pachctl provides full functionality. Most likely, you will use pachctl for any operation beyond the most basic workflow. Pachyderm recommends that you use pachctl for all data operations and the dashboard to view your data and graphical representation of your pipelines.

After you create a cluster, you need to go to the terminal on your computer and configure your CLI to connect to your cluster by installing pachctl and configuring your Pachyderm context. For more information about Pachyderm contexts, see Connect by using a Pachyderm Context.

To set the correct Pachyderm context, you need to use the hostname of your cluster that is available in the Pachyderm Hub UI under Connect.


kubectl commands are not supported for the clusters deployed on Pachyderm Hub.

To connect to your cluster, complete the following steps:

  1. On your local computer, open a terminal window.
  2. Install or upgrade pachctl as described in Install pachctl.

  3. Verify your pachctl version:

    pachctl version --client-only

    System Response:

  4. Configure a Pachyderm context and log in to your cluster by using a one-time authentication token:

    1. In the Pachyderm Hub UI, click Connect next to your cluster.
    2. In your terminal window, copy, paste, and run the commands listed in the instructions. These commands create a new Pachyderm context with your cluster details on your machine.

      Note: If you get the following error, that means that your authentication token has expired:

      error authenticating with Pachyderm cluster: /pachyderm_auth/auth-codes/ e14ccfafb35d4768f4a73b2dc9238b365492b88e98b76929d82ef0c6079e0027 not found

      To get a new token, refresh the page. Then, use the new token to authenticate.

    3. Verify that you have set the correct context:

      pachctl config get active-context

      System Response:

  5. Verify that you can run pachctl commands on your cluster:

    1. Create a repo called test:

      pachctl create repo test
    2. Verify that the repo was created:

      pachctl list repo

      System Response:

      test   3 seconds ago 0B            OWNER
    3. Go to the dashboard and verify that you can see the repo in the dashboard:

      1. In the Pachyderm Hub UI, click Dashboard next to your cluster. The dashboard opens in a new window.


Next Steps

Congratulations! You have successfully deployed and configured a Pachyderm cluster in Pachyderm Hub. Now, you can try out our Beginners tutorial that walks you through the Pachyderm basics.

Last update: November 10, 2020