Cloudera Data Science Workbench Jobs API

Cloudera Data Science Workbench exposes a REST API that allows you to schedule jobs from third-party workflow tools. You must authenticate yourself before you can use the API to submit a job run request. The Jobs API supports HTTP Basic Authentication, accepting the same users and credentials as Cloudera Data Science Workbench.

API Key Authentication

Cloudera recommends using your API key for requests instead of your actual username/password so as to avoid storing and sending your credentials in plaintext. The API key is a randomly generated token that is unique to each user. It must be treated as highly sensitive information because it can be used to start jobs via the API. To look up your Cloudera Data Science Workbench API key:
  1. Sign in to Cloudera Data Science Workbench.
  2. From the upper right drop-down menu, switch context to your personal account.
  3. Click Settings.
  4. Select the API Key tab.

The following example demonstrates how to construct an HTTP request using the standard basic authentication technique. Most tools and libraries, such as Curl and Python Requests, support basic authentication and can set the required Authorization header for you. For example, with curl you can pass the API Key to the --user flag and leave the password field blank.

curl -v -XPOST<path_to_job> --user "<API_KEY>:"

To access the API using a library that does not provide Basic Authentication convenience methods, set the request's Authorization header to Basic <API_KEY_encoded_in_base64>. For example, if your API key is uysgxtj7jzkps96njextnxxmq05usp0b, set Authorization to Basic dXlzZ3h0ajdqemtwczk2bmpleHRueHhtcTA1dXNwMGI6.

Starting a Job Run Using the API

Once a job has been created and configured through the Cloudera Data Science Workbench web application, you can start a run of the job through the API. This will constitute sending a POST request to a job start URL of the form:<$USERNAME>/<$PROJECT_NAME>/jobs/<$JOB_ID>/start.

To construct a request, use the following steps to derive the username, project name, and job ID from the job's URL in the web application.
  1. Log in to the Cloudera Data Science Workbench web application.
  2. Switch context to the team/personal account where the parent project lives.
  3. Select the project from the list.
  4. From the project's Overview, select the job you want to run. This will take you to the job Overview page. The URL for this page is of the form:<$USERNAME>/<$PROJECT_NAME>/jobs/<$JOB_ID>.
  5. Use the $USERNAME, $PROJECT_NAME, and $JOB_ID parameters from the job Overview URL to create the following job start URL:<$USERNAME>/<$PROJECT_NAME>/jobs/<$JOB_ID>/start.
    For example, if your job Overview page has the URL, then a sample POST request would be of the form:
    curl -v -XPOST    \
    --user "<API_KEY>:" --header "Content-type: application/json"

    Note that the request must have the Content-Type header set to application/json, even if the request body is empty.

Setting Environment Variables

You can set environment variables for a job run by passing parameters in the API request body in a JSON-encoded object with the following format.

    "environment": {
        "ENV_VARIABLE": "value 1",
        "ANOTHER_ENV_VARIABLE": "value 2"

The values set here will override the defaults set for the project and the job in the web application. This request body is optional and can be left blank.

Be aware of potential conflicts with existing defaults for environment variables that are crucial to your job, such as PATH and the CDSW_* variables.

Sample Job Run

As an example, let’s assume user Alice has created a project titled Risk Analysis. Under the Risk Analysis project, Alice has created a job with the ID, 208. Using curl, Alice can use her API Key (uysgxtj7jzkps96njextnxxmq05usp0b) to create an API request as follows:
curl -v -XPOST \
--user "uysgxtj7jzkps96njextnxxmq05usp0b:" --header "Content-type: application/json" \
--data "{\"environment\": {\"START_DATE\": \"2017-01-01\", \"END_DATE\": \"2017-01-31\"}}"
In this example, START_DATE and END_DATE are environment variables that are passed as parameters to the API request in a JSON object.

In the resulting HTTP request, curl automatically encodes the Authorization request header in base64 format.

* Connected to ( port 80 (#0)
* Server auth using Basic with user 'uysgxtj7jzkps96njextnxxmq05usp0b'
> POST /api/v1/projects/alice/risk-analysis/jobs/21/start HTTP/1.1
> Host:
> Authorization: Basic dXlzZ3h0ajdqemtwczk2bmpleHRueHhtcTA1dXNwMGI6
> User-Agent: curl/7.51.0
> Accept: */*
> Content-type: application/json
< HTTP/1.1 200 OK
< Access-Control-Allow-Origin: *
< Content-Type: application/json; charset=utf-8
< Date: Mon, 10 Jul 2017 12:00:00 GMT
< Vary: Accept-Encoding
< Transfer-Encoding: chunked
  "engine_id": "cwg6wclmg0x482u0"

You can confirm that the job was started by going to the Cloudera Data Science Workbench web application.

Starting a Job Run Using Python

To start a job run using Python, Cloudera recommends using Requests, an HTTP library for Python; it comes with a convenient API that makes it easy to submit job run requests to Cloudera Data Science Workbench. Extending the Risk Analysis example from the previous section, the following sample Python code will create an HTTP request to run the job with the job ID, 208.

Python 2

import requests
import json

HOST = ""
USERNAME = "alice"
API_KEY = "uysgxtj7jzkps96njextnxxmq05usp0b"
PROJECT_NAME = "risk-analysis"
JOB_ID = "208"

url = "/".join([HOST, "api/v1/projects", USERNAME, PROJECT_NAME, "jobs", JOB_ID, "start"])
job_params = {"START_DATE": "2017-01-01", "END_DATE": "2017-01-31"}
res =
    headers = {"Content-Type": "application/json"},
    auth = (API_KEY,""),
    data = json.dumps({"environment": job_params})

print "URL", url
print "HTTP status code", res.status_code
print "Engine ID", res.json().get('engine_id')

When you run the code, you should see output of the form:

HTTP status code 200
Engine ID r11w5q3q589ryg9o


  • When you start a job that has a dependent job, CDSW does not log the job start event for the dependent job in the user_events table.

    Cloudera Bug: DSE-11855

  • Cloudera Data Science Workbench does not support changing your API key, or having multiple API keys.

  • Currently, you cannot use the Jobs API to create a job, stop a job, or get the status of a job.