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Connector Development Kit


Over the next few months, the project will only accept connector contributions that are made using the Low-Code CDK or the Connector Builder.

New pull requests made with the Python CDK will be closed, but we will inquire to understand why it wasn't done with Low-Code/Connector Builder so we can address missing features. This decision is aimed at improving maintenance and providing a larger catalog with high-quality connectors.

You can continue to use the Python CDK to build connectors to help your company or projects.


Developer updates will be announced via #help-connector-development Slack channel. If you are using the CDK, please join to stay up to date on changes and issues.


This section is for the Python CDK. See our community-maintained CDKs section if you want to write connectors in other languages.

The Airbyte Python CDK is a framework for rapidly developing production-grade Airbyte connectors. The CDK currently offers helpers specific for creating Airbyte source connectors for:

  • HTTP APIs (REST APIs, GraphQL, etc..)
  • Generic Python sources (anything not covered by the above)

This document is a general introduction to the CDK. Readers should have basic familiarity with the Airbyte Specification before proceeding.

If you have any issues with troubleshooting or want to learn more about the CDK from the Airbyte team, head to the Connector Development section of our Airbyte Forum to inquire further!

Getting Started

Generate an empty connector using the code generator. First clone the Airbyte repository, then from the repository root run

cd airbyte-integrations/connector-templates/generator

Next, find all TODOs in the generated project directory. They're accompanied by comments explaining what you'll need to do in order to implement your connector. Upon completing all TODOs properly, you should have a functioning connector.

Additionally, you can follow this tutorial for a complete walkthrough of creating an HTTP connector using the Airbyte CDK.

Concepts & Documentation

Basic Concepts

If you want to learn more about the classes required to implement an Airbyte Source, head to our basic concepts doc.

Full Refresh Streams

If you have questions or are running into issues creating your first full refresh stream, head over to our full refresh stream doc. If you have questions about implementing a path or parse_response function, this doc is for you.

Incremental Streams

Having trouble figuring out how to write a stream_slices function or aren't sure what a cursor_field is? Head to our incremental stream doc.

Practical Tips

Airbyte recommends using the CDK template generator to develop with the CDK. The template generates created all the required scaffolding, with convenient TODOs, allowing developers to truly focus on implementing the API.

For tips on useful Python knowledge, see the Python Concepts page.

You can find a complete tutorial for implementing an HTTP source connector in this tutorial

Example Connectors

HTTP Connectors:

Simple Python connectors using the barebones Source abstraction:


First time setup

We assume python points to Python 3.9 or higher.

Setup a virtual env:

python -m venv .venv
source .venv/bin/activate
pip install -e ".[tests]" # [tests] installs test-only dependencies


  • Iterate on the code locally
  • Run tests via pytest -s unit_tests
  • Perform static type checks using mypy airbyte_cdk. MyPy configuration is in .mypy.ini.
  • The script bundles both type checking and testing in one convenient command. Feel free to use it!


While developing your connector, you can print detailed debug information during a sync by specifying the --debug flag. This allows you to get a better picture of what is happening during each step of your sync.

python read --config secrets/config.json --catalog sample_files/configured_catalog.json --debug

In addition to preset CDK debug statements, you can also add your own statements to emit debug information specific to your connector:

self.logger.debug("your debug message here", extra={"debug_field": self.value})


All tests are located in the unit_tests directory. Run pytest --cov=airbyte_cdk unit_tests/ to run them. This also presents a test coverage report.

Publishing a new version to PyPi

  1. Open a PR
  2. Once it is approved and merge, an Airbyte member must run the Publish CDK Manually workflow using release-type=major|manor|patch and setting the changelog message.