Extending Ibis

Users typically want to extend ibis in one of two ways:

  1. Add a new expression

  2. Add a new backend

Below we provide notebooks showing how to extend ibis in each of these ways.

Adding a New Expression

Here we show how to add a sha1 method to the PostgreSQL backend as well as how to add a new bitwise_and reduction operation:

Adding a New Backend

Ibis backends are accessed by users calling ibis.backend_name, for example in ibis.sqlite.connect(fname).

Both, when adding a new backend to the Ibis repo, or when creating a third-party backend, you should define a entry point in the group ibis.backends, with the name of your backend and the module where it is implemented. This is defined in the setup.py file. The code to setup the sqlite backend could be:

      entry_points={'ibis.backends': 'sqlite = ibis-sqlite'}

In the code above, the name of the module will be sqlite, as defined in the left of the assignment sqlite = ibis-sqlite. And the code should be available in the module ibis-sqlite (the file ibis-sqlite/__init__.py will define the connect method, as well as any other method available to the users in ibis.sqlite.<method>.

For third party packages it is recommended that the name of the Python package is ibis-<backend>, since Ibis will recommend users to run pip install ibis-<backend> when a backend is not found.

Run test suite for separate Backend

To run the tests for specific backends you can use:

PYTEST_BACKENDS="sqlite pandas" python -m pytest ibis/tests

Some backends may require a database server running. The CI file .github/workflows/main.yml contains the configuration to run servers for all backends using docker images.

The backends may need data to be loaded, run or check ci/setup.py to see how it is loaded in the CI, and loaded for your local containers.