Qri CLI Quickstart

Follow these steps to get started with Qri’s Command Line Interface. To see the same workflow using a GUI, see Qri Desktop Quickstart

All Qri CLI commands have built-in help documentation available withqri [command] --help

Install the Qri Binary

For qri commands to be available in your terminal, you must have the Qri binary installed through one of the following methods:

Setup your Qri instance

Before you can use Qri, you must run qri setup. This sets your cryptographic keys, auto-generates a username, and initializes the Qri environment on your computer.

$ qri setup
choose a peername: [persimmon_cane_corso]:
set up qri repo at: ~/.qri

Connect your keypair to your Qri Cloud account

If you already have a Qri Cloud account, you need to connect your username with your CLI keypair.

If you do not have an account, sign up. Your new credentials will be stored for CLI use.

$ qri registry prove --username foo --password applesauce

Sign up for a Qri account

While it’s possible to use Qri without an account, signing up ensures that your username is unique and gives you access to Qri Cloud for one-click data publishing. Choose a good username, it will be used to reference each of your datasets on the Qri network.

$ qri registry signup --username foo --email [email protected].io --password applesauce

Create your first Qri Dataset

At this point you’ve created an identity but don’t yet have any datasets in your collection

Run qri list to show your sad, empty dataset collection.

$ qri list
foo has no datasets

Let’s add some data!

To create your first dataset, start with a CSV. If you don’t have one handy you can use this dataset of all earthquakes in the last week from the U.S. Geological Survey.

First, create an empty directory on your filesystem to store the dataset's working files. Give the directory a descriptive name for the dataset.

mkdir ~/datasets/usgs_earthquakes
Qri recommends creating a /datasets parent directory to store your datasets' working directories.

Navigate to your empty dataset directory and run qri init with the --source-body-path flag to import your CSV and create a new dataset. Qri will ask you to name your dataset. The dataset name may consist only of lowercase letters, numbers, and underscores/hyphens, and must be 100 characters or fewer. See Naming Datasets for more on Qri naming conventions.

$ cd ~/datasets/usgs_earthquakes
$ qri init --source-body-path ~/downloads/earthquakes.csv
Name of new dataset [usgs_earthquakes]: usgs_earthquakes
initialized working directory for new dataset foo/usgs_earthquakes

Voila! Qri has created a new dataset! It has also created a working directory, where changes you make to the dataset can be staged. You can confirm this with qri list, which will show your dataset's name and working directory path.

$ qri list
1 foo/usgs_earthquakes
linked: ~/datasets/usgs_earthquakes

Make a Commit

Your new dataset exists in name only... it doesn't actually contain any any versions until you make your first commit.

Before you commit, try running qri status to see what will be committed.

$ qri status
for linked dataset [foo/usgs_earthquakes]
add: meta (source: meta.json)
add: structure (source: structure.json)
add: body (source: body.csv)
run `qri save` to commit this dataset

Why are there three components when all you did was specify a CSV for the body? structure (including schema) is inferred by Qri when you initialize a dataset with a CSV. meta is just a placeholder component. This is qri giving you a nudge to add metadata. A dataset with good metadata is a happy dataset.

Next commit the changes with qri save.

$ qri save
for linked dataset [foo/usgs_earthquakes]
dataset saved: foo/[email protected]/ipfs/QmdX8StQFjxfnWt9HVgoMNefR9zaYfvxLUSDWc3mBntXyF

Now the dataset has a single version in its history. Inspect the history with qri log.

$ qri log
for linked dataset [foo/usgs_earthquakes]
1 Commit: /ipfs/QmdX8StQFjxfnWt9HVgoMNefR9zaYfvxLUSDWc3mBntXyF
Date: Tue Jan 7 15:57:21 UTC 2020
Storage: remote
Size: 0 B
created dataset

You can see the timestamp and message of your commit, along with the ipfs hash of the version.

You can also inspect the dataset’s components using the CLI. The version of the dataset you just created contains both body and structure components. You can write these to the console using qri get:

$ qri get body foo/usgs_earthquakes
2020-01-07T15:34:50.790Z,20.1843338,-155.8861694,13.92,2.54,md,44,297,0.1179,0.16,hv,hv71322062,2020-01-07T15:38:15.290Z,"8km SW of Hawi, Hawaii",earthquake,0.85,0.82,0.17,8,automatic,hv,hv
2020-01-07T15:18:58.570Z,36.2748337,-89.4588318,6.4,2.39,md,22,100,0.1382,0.28,nm,nm60272917,2020-01-07T15:30:33.128Z,"2km ENE of Ridgely, Tennessee",earthquake,0.88,2.91,0.59,17,reviewed,nm,nm
2020-01-07T15:18:17.080Z,35.6698333,-117.4761667,1.68,1.15,ml,17,82,0.07134,0.24,ci,ci39026799,2020-01-07T15:21:49.663Z,"13km SSW of Searles Valley, CA",earthquake,0.46,0.78,0.1,14,automatic,ci,ci

You can also get the structure component, which tells us how Qri has guessed the column types in our original csv.

$ qri get structure foo/usgs_earthquakes
checksum: QmamMwutqHsPyCh4g9qi1LPQyjqHwsski3Acqf7uGsxCNY
depth: 2
entries: 2341
errCount: 2340
format: csv
headerRow: true
lazyQuotes: true
length: 437656
qri: st:0
- title: time
type: string
- title: latitude
type: number
- title: longitude
type: number
- title: depth
type: number
- title: mag
type: number
- title: mag_type
type: string
- title: nst
type: integer
- title: gap
type: integer
- title: dmin
type: number
- title: rms
type: number
- title: net
type: string
- title: id
type: string
- title: updated
type: string
- title: place
type: string
- title: type

The schema property in structure contains a JSONSchema document showing the title and type Qri has applied to our CSV's columns. These will come in handy later for schema validation.

Add a Readme

At this point you’ve created a dataset and made a single commit containing body and structure components. Now you can add more components, starting with a readme.

Use a text editor to create a readme.md file in your dataset's working directory. Describe the dataset and help future you or your collaborators know what this dataset is all about. You know, readme stuff.

After saving changes to readme.md in your working directory, qri will be aware of the changes. Use qri status to see the current status of the working directory:

To use qri status, either specify the dataset as an argument or run the command after navigating to the working directory

qri status

$ qri status
for linked dataset [foo/usgs_earthquakes_1]
modified: readme (source: readme.md)

Qri lets you know that it sees the changes to the readme in the working directory and you’re clear to commit!

Make another Commit

This time try using qri save with the --title flag. The title will let future you and your collaborators know what changed in this commit. qri save --title 'added a readme'

$ qri save --title 'added a readme with download info'
for linked dataset [foo/usgs_earthquakes]
dataset saved: foo/[email protected]/ipfs/QmQTA7NY1Kbk7btVsjZttQmzUM8UrixaAJfU9H5A6WCGio

Commit successful! Now there are two versions of this dataset. Use qri log to inspect the history of commits.

qri log
for linked dataset [foo/usgs_earthquakes]
1 Commit: /ipfs/QmQTA7NY1Kbk7btVsjZttQmzUM8UrixaAJfU9H5A6WCGio
Date: Tue Jan 7 17:49:09 UTC 2020
Storage: remote
Size: 0 B
'added a readme with download info'
added scriptBytes
2 Commit: /ipfs/QmbuH3uMmhBwrngnJWcuSV23Pu3s3xfhttryunZEK27QH1
Date: Tue Jan 7 17:45:00 UTC 2020
Storage: remote
Size: 0 B
created dataset

You can continue making changes this way, committing new versions whenever you reach a critical point. All of the older versions are intact in Qri, and you can inspect and export them at any time.

Publish to Qri Cloud

Qri Cloud is currently in alpha status and is experimental. All data on Qri Cloud is public. Be careful when publishing your datasets.

Qri Cloud allows you to share your Qri Datasets publicly. Use qri publish to push your dataset versions to the cloud.

$ qri publish foo/usgs_earthquakes
published dataset foo/[email protected]/ipfs/QmQTA7NY1Kbk7btVsjZttQmzUM8UrixaAJfU9H5A6WCGio

That’s it! Once the dataset is transferred, your dataset will have a shiny new preview page on qri.cloud, where other users will be able to find it.

It will also show up on your public profile page, which lists all of your published datasets. Other users can now add your datasets to their Qri collections!

Next Steps

Here are some things to try now that you’re up and running: