Introducing the Designer Cloud Python SDK

What's New   |   Bertrand Cariou   |   Sep 14, 2021


In recent years, Python has become one of the most popular object-oriented programming languages. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced programmer, Python’s simple, easy-to-learn syntax enables quick readability and integration with heterogeneous systems. This simple method of programming makes Python very attractive for scripting as well as connecting different components of software systems together. Additionally, the edit-test-debug cycle of Python makes it incredibly fast to use and easy to debug without the overhead of a separate compilation step.

Python SDK

To make it easier to use, Python allows custom SDKs to be built and used for integrating applications. Python SDKs typically include all the required binary packages needed for building and deploying business applications. Additional flexibility is provided in terms of installation in a developer mode or an end-user mode to help the intended audience to use the SDK and achieve their objectives.

Introducing the Designer Cloud Python SDK

We’re excited to introduce the Designer Cloud Python SDK to help you integrate Designer Cloud into your existing Python environment and data pipelines. Alteryx Designer Cloud is the only open and interactive data engineering cloud platform to collaboratively profile, prepare, and pipeline data for analytics and machine learning. 

The Designer Cloud Python SDK helps you seamlessly integrate Designer Cloud into your data science workflows. Within your workflows, you can leverage the extensive capabilities of Designer Cloud to engineer your data including exploration, visualization, transformation, and preparation. Designer Cloud enables you to transform your raw data into usable, valuable data through a series of transformation steps that is commonly called a recipe. With the Designer Cloud Python SDK, you can now invoke a function within your Python environment and download the Designer Cloud recipe as Pandas code. This can be used outside the Designer Cloud environment and deployed in your data pipelines. With this flexible solution of using Designer Cloud anywhere, all the Designer Cloud capabilities can be leveraged in your own environment to help orchestrate robust data pipelines.

How it works

This section describes the steps to download your Designer Cloud recipe as Pandas code, use it in your Python environment, and deploy it into your pipelines. You can get started with Designer Cloud using our friendly introductory guide.

  • Step 1: Identify the dataset that needs to be transformed and used as clean data for your downstream applications and insights.
  • Step 2: Upload the identified dataset into your Designer Cloud workspace. 
  • Step 3: Using the visual, intuitive interface of Designer Cloud, you can define various steps to clean and transform your raw data to the required format to make it usable. These steps can be put together into a series called a recipe within the Designer Cloud interface.
  • Step 4: Within each step of the recipe, Designer Cloud uses machine learning intelligence to provide you with a visual preview of the formatted data. This gives you the opportunity to review and make any changes to the step before committing to format and get the desired output.
  • Step 5: After you have completed the recipe and committed the steps, you can run the completed flow with the transformed data to get clean, usable, data.
  • Step 6: Now that you have a ready recipe, you can invoke a function in your Python notebook to translate the recipe into Pandas code.
  • Step 7: You can then download this code to your local Python environment.
  • Step 8: Finally, you can deploy this recipe with the Pandas code into other Python pipelines and transform other datasets, as required.

You can find additional information on how to download and install the Designer Cloud Python SDK, along with examples on the Designer Cloud Python project page at


With an intuitive, visual “guide and decide” interface, Designer Cloud offers an easy and efficient solution compared to manual, handwritten code. This reduces the time spent on feature engineering by up to 80%. This is a significant reduction of not only time, but also increases productivity and efficiency of data analysts, engineers, and scientists.

Are you ready to reap the benefits from both the worlds of Python and Data Engineering? Sign up for a free trial today with Designer Cloud, and take your data science workflows to the next level with the Designer Cloud Python SDK.