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Juttle is an analytics system for developers that simplifies and empowers data driven application development. At the core of Juttle is a dataflow language that lets you query, transform, enrich, and analyze live and historical data from many different backends, and then send output to files, data stores, alerting systems, or streaming visualizations.

This repository contains the core Juttle compiler, the JavaScript runtime, a set of basic adapters to connect to files or http sources, and a command line interface with text-based and tabular views. As such it is most useful for learning the language, doing simple exploration of data, or powering periodic transformations or running periodic or continuous programs that generate alerts to an external system.

For a more complete package demonstrating the full spectrum of Juttle's capabilities, the Juttle Engine project embeds the juttle core in a REST API based execution service along with a viewer application and a full set of supported adapters. This assembly can be used to run Juttle programs with rich charts and dynamic input controls in development or production.

Visit the project website to get an overview of the project and see how it can fit into your stack. To learn more about the language, see the documentation site to read about why juttle exists, get an overview of the language, learn about the dataflow features and how to program in juttle, see the list of supported visualizations, step through the tutorial, and more. For information about the Juttle development project, see the wiki.


Juttle requires node.js version 4.2 or later.

To use Juttle as a command-line tool, the simplest approach is to install the juttle package globally:

$ npm install -g juttle

To use the full Juttle Engine assembly, run:

$ npm install -g juttle-engine

In both cases you should now have a juttle executable in your path which you can use as follows:

$ juttle -e "emit -limit 2 | put message='hello'"

This produces:

│ time                               │ message   │
│ 2015-12-18T21:04:52.322Z           │ hello     │
│ 2015-12-18T21:04:53.322Z           │ hello     │

For detailed usage, see the command line reference for more information about how to configure and use the Juttle CLI. See the Juttle Engine README for command line options and configuration instructions.


Here are some more examples of what you can do with Juttle.

Note that most of these examples require the use of external systems using adapters and refer to the visualizations embedded in Juttle Engine, so they are meant to be illustrative and not necessarily functional out of the box.

For runnable end-to-end examples of juttle usage, see the Juttle Engine examples, or step through the tutorial.

Hello world

Hello world in Juttle:

emit -every :1 second: -limit 10 | put message='hello world' | view table

Error events on a timeseries graph

This example prompts a user to input a time range to query, pulls a timeseries metric of counts of user signups from graphite, searches for 100 logs from Elasticsearch in which the app field is 'login' and the string 'error' occurs, and then plots the metric along with overlaid events on the same timechart along with a table showing the errors themselves.

input time_period: duration -label 'Time period to query' -default :5 minutes:;
read graphite -last time_period name~'app.login.*.signup.count'
| view timechart -title 'User Signups' -id 'signup_chart';
read elastic -last time_period app='login' 'errors'
| head 100
| (
    view table -title 'Errors';
    view events -on 'signup_chart'

Real-time slack alerting from twitter events

This example taps into the stream of real-time twitter events searching for 'apple' and printing them to a table. If more than 10 posts occur in a five second window, it posts a message to a slack webhook.

read twitter -from :now: -to :end: 'apple'
| (
    view table -title 'Tweets about apple';
    reduce -every :5 seconds: value=count()
    | filter value > 10
    | put message='apple is trending'
    | write http -maxLength 1 -url ''


Here's how the juttle module fits into the overall Juttle Ecosystem:

Juttle Ecosystem - Juttle


Juttle includes support for a few basic adapters out of the box to interact with files and some external systems. In addition, through the external adapter API, Juttle can be easily extended to interact with other storage systems or services.


These adapters can be used in Juttle programs directly without special configuration.


This is a list of the currently supported external adapters.

All are included as part of a Juttle Engine installation. If you've installed the standalone juttle CLI, you will need to separately install them using npm and make sure to install them in the same location as juttle itself.

Connections to external adapters are configured in the "adapters" section of the runtime configuration. See the CLI reference for specific instructions.


Contributions are welcome! Please file an issue or open a pull request.

To check code style and run unit tests:

npm test

Both are run automatically by Travis.

When developing you may run into failures during linting where eslint complains about your coding style and an easy way to fix those files is to simply run eslint --fix test or eslint --fix lib from the root directory of the project. After eslint fixes things you should proceed to check that those changes are reasonable as auto-fixing may not produce the nicest of looking code.