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Intake is a lightweight package for finding, investigating, loading and disseminating data.

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Intake: A general interface for loading data


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Intake is a lightweight set of tools for loading and sharing data in data science projects. Intake helps you:

  • Load data from a variety of formats (see the current list of known plugins) into containers you already know, like Pandas dataframes, Python lists, NumPy arrays, and more.
  • Convert boilerplate data loading code into reusable Intake plugins
  • Describe data sets in catalog files for easy reuse and sharing between projects and with others.
  • Share catalog information (and data sets) over the network with the Intake server

Documentation is available at Read the Docs.

Status of intake and related packages is available at Status Dashboard

Weekly news about this repo and other related projects can be found on the wiki


Recommended method using conda:

conda install -c conda-forge intake

You can also install using

, in which case you have a choice as to how many of the optional dependencies you install, with the simplest having least requirements
pip install intake

and additional sections

, or to include everything:
pip install intake[complete]

Note that you may well need specific drivers and other plugins, which usually have additional dependencies of their own.


  • Create development Python environment with the required dependencies, ideally with
    . The requirements can be found in the yml files in the
    directory of this repo.
    • e.g.
      conda env create -f scripts/ci/environment-py38.yml
      and then
      conda activate test_env
  • Install intake using
    pip install -e .[complete]
  • Use
    to run tests.
  • Create a fork on github to be able to submit PRs.
  • We respect, but do not enforce, pep8 standards; all new code should be covered by tests.

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