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CLI Reference

Bodywork is distributed as a Python 3 package that exposes a CLI for interacting with your k8s cluster. Using the Bodywork CLI you can deploy Bodywork-compatible ML projects packaged as Git repositories (e.g. on GitHub). This page is a reference for all Bodywork CLI commands.

Get Version

$ bodywork --version

Prints the Bodywork package version to stdout.

Configure Namespace

$ bodywork setup-namespace YOUR_NAMESPACE

Create and prepare a k8s namespace for running Bodywork workflows - see Preparing a Namespace for use with Bodywork for more information. This command will also work with namespaces created by other means - e.g. kubectl create ns YOUR_NAMESPACE - where it will not seek to recreate the existing namespace, only to ensure that it is correctly configured.

Run Workflow

$ bodywork workflow \
    --namespace=YOUR_NAMESPACE \

Clones the chosen branch of a Git repository containing a Bodywork ML project and then executes the workflow configured within it. This will start a Bodywork workflow-controller wherever the command is called. If you are working with private remote repositories you will need to use the SSH protocol and ensure that the appropriate private-key is available within a secret - see Working with Private Git Repositories using SSH for more information.

Run Stage

$ bodywork stage \

Clones the chosen branch of a Git repository containing a Bodywork ML project and then executes the named stage. This is equivalent to installing all the 3rd party Python package requirements specified in the stage's requirement.txt file, and then executing python as defined in the stage's config.ini. See Configuring Stages for more information. The Bodywork stage-runner will be started wherever the command is called.

This command is intended for use by Bodywork containers and it is not recommended for use during Bodywork project development on your local machine.

Manage Secrets

Secrets are used to pass credentials to containers running workflow stages that require authentication with 3rd party services (e.g. cloud storage providers). See Managing Credentials and Other Secrets and Injecting Secrets into Stage Containers for more information.

Create Secrets

$ bodywork secret create \
    --namespace=YOUR_NAMESPACE \
    --name=SECRET_NAME \
    --data SECRET_KEY_1=secret-value-1 SECRET_KEY_2=secret-value-2

Delete Secrets

$ bodywork secret delete \
    --namespace=YOUR_NAMESPACE \

Get Secrets

$ bodywork secret display \

Will print all secrets in YOUR_NAMESPACE to stdout.

$ bodywork secret display \
    --namespace=YOUR_NAMESPACE \

Will only print SECRET_NAME to stdout.

Manage Services

Unlike batch stages that have a discrete lifetime, service deployments live indefinitely and may need to be managed as your project develops.

Get Services

$ bodywork service display \

Will list information on all active service deployments available in YOUR_NAMESPACE, including their internal cluster URLs.

Delete Services

$ bodywork service delete \
    --namespace=YOUR_NAMESPACE \

Delete an active service deployment - e.g. one that is no longer required for a project.

Manage Cronjobs

Workflows can be executed on a schedule using Bodywork cronjobs. Scheduled workflows will be managed by workflow-controllers that Bodywork starts automatically on your k8s cluster.

Get Cronjobs

$ bodywork cronjob display \

Will list all active cronjobs within YOUR_NAMESPACE.

Create Cronjob

$ bodywork cronjob create \
    --namespace=YOUR_NAMESPACE \
    --name=CRONJOB_NAME \
    --schedule=CRON_SCHEDULE \
    --git-repo-url=REMOTE_GIT_REPO_URL \
    --git-repo-branch=REMOTE_GIT_REPO_BRANCH \

Will create a cronjob whose schedule must be a valid cron expression - e.g. 0 * * * * will run the workflow every hour.

Delete Cronjob

$ bodywork cronjob delete \
    --namespace=YOUR_NAMESPACE \

Will also delete all historic workflow execution jobs associated with this cronjob.

Get Cronjob History

$ bodywork cronjob history \
    --namespace=YOUR_NAMESPACE \

Display all workflow execution jobs that were created by a cronjob.

Get Cronjob Workflow Logs

$ bodywork cronjob logs \
    --namespace=YOUR_NAMESPACE \

Stream the workflow logs from a historical workflow execution job, to your terminal's standard output stream.


$ bodywork debug SECONDS

Runs the Python time.sleep function for SECONDS. This is intended for use with the Bodywork image and kubectl - for deploying a container on which to open shell access for advanced debugging. For example, issuing the following command,

$ kubectl create deployment DEBUG_DEPLOYMENT_NAME \
    --image=bodyworkml/bodywork-core:latest \
    -- bodywork debug SECONDS

Will deploy the Bodywork container and run the bodywork debug SECONDS command within it. While the container is sleeping, a shell on the container in this deployment can be started. To achieve this, first of all find the pod's name, using,

$ kubectl get pods -n YOUR_NAMESPACE | grep DEBUG_DEPLOYMENT_NAME

And then open a shell to the container within this pod using,

$ kubectl exec DEBUG_DEPLOYMENT_POD_NAME -n YOUR_NAMESPACE -it -- /bin/bash

Once you're finished debugging, the deployment can be shut-down using,

$ kubectl delete deployment DEBUG_DEPLOYMENT_NAME -n YOUR_NAMESPACE