Migrating between versions

While we are committed to keeping Great Expectations as stable as possible, sometimes breaking changes are necessary to maintain our trajectory. This is especially true as the library has evolved from just a data quality tool to a more capable framework including data docs and profiling in addition to validation.

Great Expectations provides a warning when the currently-installed version is different from the version stored in the expectation suite.

Since expectation semantics are usually consistent across versions, there is little change required when upgrading great expectations, with some exceptions noted here.

How to use the project check-config command

To facilitate this substantial config format change, starting with version 0.8.0 we introduced project check-config to sanity check your config files. From your project directory, run:

great_expectations project check-config

This can be used at any time and will grow more robust and helpful as our internal config typing system improves.

You will most likely be prompted to install a new template. Rest assured that your original yaml file will be archived automatically for you. Even so, it’s in your source control system already, right? ;-)

Upgrading to 0.12.x

The 0.12.0 release makes a small but breaking change to the add_expectation, remove_expectation, and find_expectations methods. To update your code, replace the expectation_type, column, or kwargs arguments with an Expectation Configuration object. For more information on the match_type parameter, see :ref:`expectation_suite_operations`_.

For example, using the old API:

remove_expectation(expectation_type="expect_column_values_to_be_in_set", column="city", expectation_kwargs={"value_set": ["New York","London","Tokyo"]})

Using the new API:

remove_expectation(ExpectationConfiguration(expectation_type="expect_column_values_to_be_in_set", column="city", expectation_kwargs={"column": "city", "value_set": ["New York","London","Tokyo"]}), match_type="success")

Upgrading to 0.11.x

The 0.11.0 release has several breaking changes related to run_id and ValidationMetric objects. Existing projects that have Expectation Suite Validation Results or configured evaluation parameter stores with DatabaseStoreBackend backends must be migrated.

In addition, ValidationOperator.run now returns an instance of new type, ValidationOperatorResult (instead of a dictionary). If your code uses output from Validation Operators, it must be updated.

run_id and ValidationMetric Changes

run_id is now typed using the new RunIdentifier class, with optional run_name and run_time instantiation arguments. The run_name can be any string (this could come from your pipeline runner, e.g. Airflow run id). The run_time can be either a dateutil parsable string or a datetime object. Note - any provided datetime will be assumed to be a UTC time. If no instantiation arguments are provided, run_name will be None (and appear as “__none__” in stores) and run_time will default to the current UTC datetime. This change affects all Great Expectations classes that have a run_id attribute as well as any functions or methods that accept a run_id argument.

data_asset_name (if available) is now added to batch_kwargs by batch_kwargs_generators. Because of this newly exposed key in batch_kwargs, ValidationMetric and associated ValidationMetricIdentifier objects now have a data_asset_name attribute.

The affected classes that are relevant to existing projects are ValidationResultIdentifier and ValidationMetricIdentifier, as well as any configured stores that rely on these classes for keys, namely stores of type ValidationsStore (and subclasses) or EvaluationParameterStore (and other subclasses of MetricStore). In addition, because Expectation Suite Validation Result json objects have a run_id key, existing validation result json files must be updated with a new typed run_id.

Migrating Your 0.10.x Project

Before performing any of the following migration steps, please make sure you have appropriate backups of your project.

Great Expectations has a CLI Upgrade Helper that helps automate all or most of the migration process (affected stores with database backends will still have to be migrated manually). The CLI tool makes use of a new class called UpgradeHelperV11. For reference, the UpgradeHelperV11 class is located at great_expectations.cli.upgrade_helpers.upgrade_helper_v11.

To use the CLI Upgrade Helper, enter the following command: great_expectations project upgrade

The Upgrade Helper will check your project and guide you through the upgrade process.


The following instructions detail the steps required to upgrade your project manually. The migration steps are written in the order they should be completed. They are also provided in the event that the Upgrade Helper is unable to complete a fully automated upgrade and some user intervention is required.

0. Code That Uses Great Expectations

If you are using any Great Expectations methods that accept a run_id argument, you should update your code to pass in the new RunIdentifier type (or a dictionary with run_name and run_time keys). For now, methods with a run_id parameter will continue to accept strings. In this case, the provided run_id string will be converted to a RunIdentifier object, acting as the run_name. If the run_id string can also be parsed as a datetime, it will also be used for the run_time attribute, otherwise, the current UTC time is used. All times are assumed to be UTC times.

If your code uses output from Validation Operators, it must be updated to handle the new ValidationOperatorResult type.

1. Expectation Suite Validation Result JSONs

Each existing Expectation Suite Validation Result JSON in your project should be updated with a typed run_id. The run_id key is found under the top-level meta key. You can use the current run_id string as the new run_name (or select a different one). If the current run_id is already a datetime string, you can also use it for the run_time as well, otherwise, we suggest using the last modified datetime of the validation result.


Subsequent migration steps will make use of this new run_time when generating new paths/keys for validation result jsons and their Data Docs html pages. Please ensure the run_time in these paths/keys match the run_time in the corresponding validation result. Similarly, if you decide to use a different value for run_name instead of reusing an existing run_id string, make sure this is reflected in the new paths/keys.

For example, an existing validation result json with run_id="my_run" should be updated to look like the following:

"meta": {
  "great_expectations_version": "0.10.8",
  "expectation_suite_name": "diabetic_data.warning",
  "run_id": {
    "run_name": "my_run",
    "run_time": "20200507T065044.404158Z"

2. Stores and their Backends

Stores rely on special identifier classes to serve as keys when getting or setting values. When the signature of an identifier class changes, any existing stores that rely on that identifier must be updated. Specifically, the structure of that store’s backend must be modified to conform to the new identifier signature.

For example, in a v0.10.x project, you might have an Expectation Suite Validation Result with the following ValidationResultIdentifier:

v10_identifier = ValidationResultIdentifier(

A configured ValidationsStore with a TupleFilesystemStoreBackend (and default config) would use this identifier to generate the following filepath for writing the validation result to a file (and retrieving it at a later time):

v10_filepath = "great_expectations/uncommitted/validations/my_suite_name/my_string_run_id/some_batch_identifier.json"

In a v0.11.x project, the ValidationResultIdentifier and corresponding filepath would look like the following:

v11_identifier = ValidationResultIdentifier(
  run_id=RunIdentifier(run_name="my_string_run_name", run_time="2020-05-08T20:51:18.077262"),
v11_filepath = "great_expectations/uncommitted/validations/my_suite_name/my_string_run_name/2020-05-08T20:51:18.077262/some_batch_identifier.json"

When migrating to v0.11.x, you would have to move all existing validation results to new filepaths. For a particular validation result, you might move the file like this:

os.makedirs(v11_filepath, exist_ok=True)  # create missing directories from v11 filepath
shutil.move(v10_filepath, v11_filepath)  # move validation result json file

The following sections detail the changes you must make to existing store backends.

2a. Validations Store Backends

For validations stores with backends of type TupleFilesystemStoreBackend, TupleS3StoreBackend, or TupleGCSStoreBackend, rename paths (or object keys) of all existing Expectation Suite Validation Result json files:





For validations stores with backends of type DatabaseStoreBackend, perform the following database migration:

  • add string column with name run_name; copy values from run_id column

  • add string column with name run_time; fill with appropriate dateutil parsable values

  • delete run_id column

2b. Evaluation Parameter Store Backends

If you have any configured evaluation parameter stores that use a DatabaseStoreBackend backend, you must perform the following migration for each database backend:

  • add string column with name data_asset_name; fill with appropriate values or use “__none__”

  • add string column with name run_name; copy values from run_id column

  • add string column with name run_time; fill with appropriate dateutil parsable values

  • delete run_id column

2c. Data Docs Validations Store Backends


If you are okay with rebuilding your Data Docs sites, you can skip the migration steps in this section. Instead, you should should run the following CLI command, but only after you have completed the above migration steps: great_expectations docs clean --all && great_expectations docs build.

For Data Docs sites with store backends of type TupleFilesystemStoreBackend, TupleS3StoreBackend, or TupleGCSStoreBackend, rename paths (or object keys) of all existing Expectation Suite Validation Result html files:





How to upgrade to 0.10.x

In the 0.10.0 release, there are several breaking changes to the DataContext API.

Most are related to the clarified naming BatchKwargsGenerators.

So, if you are using methods on the data context that used to have an argument named generators, you will need to update that code to use the more precise name batch_kwargs_generators.

For example, in the method DataContext.get_available_data_asset_names the parameter generator_names is now batch_kwargs_generator_names.

If you are using BatchKwargsGenerators in your project config, follow these steps to upgrade your existing Great Expectations project: * Edit your great_expectations.yml file and change the key generators to batch_kwargs_generators.

  • Run a simple command such as: great_expectations datasource list and ensure you see a list of datasources.

How to upgrade to 0.9.x

In the 0.9.0 release, there are several changes to the DataContext API.

Follow these steps to upgrade your existing Great Expectations project:

  • In the terminal navigate to the parent of the great_expectations directory of your project.

  • Run this command:

great_expectations project check-config
  • For every item that needs to be renamed the command will display a message that looks like this: The class name 'X' has changed to 'Y'. Replace all occurrences of X with Y in your project’s great_expectations.yml config file.

  • After saving the config file, rerun the check-config command.

  • Depending on your configuration, you will see 3-6 of these messages.

  • The command will display this message when done: Your config file appears valid!.

  • Rename your Expectation Suites to make them compatible with the new naming. Save this Python code snippet in a file called update_project.py, then run it using the command: python update_project.py PATH_TO_GE_CONFIG_DIRECTORY:

#!/usr/bin/env python3
import sys
import os
import json
import uuid
import shutil
def update_validation_result_name(validation_result):
    data_asset_name = validation_result["meta"].get("data_asset_name")
    if data_asset_name is None:
        print("    No data_asset_name in this validation result. Unable to update it.")
    data_asset_name_parts = data_asset_name.split("/")
    if len(data_asset_name_parts) != 3:
        print("    data_asset_name in this validation result does not appear to be normalized. Unable to update it.")
    expectation_suite_suffix = validation_result["meta"].get("expectation_suite_name")
    if expectation_suite_suffix is None:
        print("    No expectation_suite_name found in this validation result. Unable to update it.")
    expectation_suite_name = ".".join(
        data_asset_name_parts +
    validation_result["meta"]["expectation_suite_name"] = expectation_suite_name
        del validation_result["meta"]["data_asset_name"]
    except KeyError:
def update_expectation_suite_name(expectation_suite):
    data_asset_name = expectation_suite.get("data_asset_name")
    if data_asset_name is None:
        print("    No data_asset_name in this expectation suite. Unable to update it.")
    data_asset_name_parts = data_asset_name.split("/")
    if len(data_asset_name_parts) != 3:
        print("    data_asset_name in this expectation suite does not appear to be normalized. Unable to update it.")
    expectation_suite_suffix = expectation_suite.get("expectation_suite_name")
    if expectation_suite_suffix is None:
        print("    No expectation_suite_name found in this expectation suite. Unable to update it.")
    expectation_suite_name = ".".join(
        data_asset_name_parts +
    expectation_suite["expectation_suite_name"] = expectation_suite_name
        del expectation_suite["data_asset_name"]
    except KeyError:
def update_context_dir(context_root_dir):
    # Update expectation suite names in expectation suites
    expectations_dir = os.path.join(context_root_dir, "expectations")
    for subdir, dirs, files in os.walk(expectations_dir):
        for file in files:
            if file.endswith(".json"):
                print("Migrating suite located at: " + str(os.path.join(subdir, file)))
                with open(os.path.join(subdir, file), 'r') as suite_fp:
                    suite = json.load(suite_fp)
                with open(os.path.join(subdir, file), 'w') as suite_fp:
                    json.dump(suite, suite_fp)
    # Update expectation suite names in validation results
    validations_dir = os.path.join(context_root_dir, "uncommitted", "validations")
    for subdir, dirs, files in os.walk(validations_dir):
        for file in files:
            if file.endswith(".json"):
                print("Migrating validation_result located at: " + str(os.path.join(subdir, file)))
                    with open(os.path.join(subdir, file), 'r') as suite_fp:
                        suite = json.load(suite_fp)
                    with open(os.path.join(subdir, file), 'w') as suite_fp:
                        json.dump(suite, suite_fp)
                        run_id = suite["meta"].get("run_id")
                        es_name = suite["meta"].get("expectation_suite_name").split(".")
                        filename = "converted__" + str(uuid.uuid1()) + ".json"
                            context_root_dir, "uncommitted", "validations",
                            *es_name, run_id
                        ), exist_ok=True)
                        shutil.move(os.path.join(subdir, file),
                                        context_root_dir, "uncommitted", "validations",
                                        *es_name, run_id, filename
                    except OSError as e:
                        print("    Unable to move validation result; file has been updated to new "
                              "format but not moved to new store location.")
                    except KeyError:
                        pass  # error will have been generated above
                except json.decoder.JSONDecodeError:
                    print("    Unable to process file: error reading JSON.")
if __name__ == "__main__":
    if len(sys.argv) < 2:
        print("Please provide a path to update.")
    path = str(os.path.abspath(sys.argv[1]))
    print("About to update context dir for path: " + path)
  • Rebuild Data Docs:

great_expectations docs build
  • This project has now been migrated to 0.9.0. Please see the list of changes below for more detailed information.


  • FixedLengthTupleXXXX stores are renamed to TupleXXXX stores; they no longer allow or require (or allow) a key_length to be specified, but they do allow filepath_prefix and/or filepath_suffix to be configured as an alternative to an the filepath_template.

  • ExtractAndStoreEvaluationParamsAction is renamed to StoreEvaluationParametersAction; a new StoreMetricsAction is available as well to allow DataContext-configured metrics to be saved.

  • The InMemoryEvaluationParameterStore is replaced with the EvaluationParameterStore; EvaluationParameterStore and MetricsStore can both be configured to use DatabaseStoreBackend instead of the InMemoryStoreBackend.

  • The type key can no longer be used in place of class_name in configuration. Use class_name instead.

  • BatchKwargsGenerators are more explicitly named; we avoid use of the term “Generator” because it is ambiguous. All existing BatchKwargsGenerators have been renamed by substituting “BatchKwargsGenerator” for “Generator”; for example GlobReaderGenerator is now GlobReaderBatchKwargsGenerator.

  • ReaderMethod is no longer an enum; it is a string of the actual method to be invoked (e.g. read_csv for pandas). That change makes it easy to specify arbitrary reader_methods via batch_kwargs (including read_pickle), BUT existing configurations using enum-based reader_method in batch_kwargs will need to update their code. For example, a pandas datasource would use reader_method: read_csv` instead of reader_method: csv


  • DataAssetName and name normalization have been completely eliminated, which causes several related changes to code using the DataContext.

    • data_asset_name is no longer a parameter in the create_expectation_suite, get_expectation_suite, or get_batch commands; expectation suite names exist in an independent namespace.

    • batch_kwargs alone now define the batch to be received, and the datasource name must be included in batch_kwargs as the “datasource” key.

    • A generator name is therefore no longer required to get data or define an expectation suite.

    • The BatchKwargsGenerators API has been simplified; build_batch_kwargs should be the entrypoint for all cases of using a generator to get batch_kwargs, including when explicitly specifying a partition, limiting the number of returned rows, accessing saved kwargs, or using any other BatchKwargsGenerator feature. BatchKwargsGenerators must be attached to a specific datasource to be instantiated.

    • The API for validating data has changed.

  • Database store tables are not compatible between versions and require a manual migration; the new default table names are: ge_validations_store, ge_expectations_store, ge_metrics, and ge_evaluation_parameters. The Validations Store uses a three-part compound primary key consisting of run_id, expectation_suite_name, and batch_identifier; Expectations Store uses the expectation_suite_name as its only key. Both Metrics and Evaluation Parameters stores use run_id, expectation_suite_name, metric_id, and metric_kwargs_id to form a compound primary key.

  • The term “batch_fingerprint” is no longer used, and has been replaced with “batch_markers”. It is a dictionary that, like batch_kwargs, can be used to construct an ID.

  • get_data_asset_name and save_data_asset_name are removed.

  • There are numerous under-the-scenes changes to the internal types used in GreatExpectations. These should be transparent to users.

How to upgrade to 0.8.x

In the 0.8.0 release, our DataContext config format has changed dramatically to enable new features including extensibility.

Some specific changes:

  • New top-level keys:

    • expectations_store_name

    • evaluation_parameter_store_name

    • validations_store_name

  • Deprecation of the type key for configuring objects (replaced by class_name (and module_name as well when ambiguous).

  • Completely new SiteBuilder configuration.

  • top-level `validate` has a new signature, that offers a variety of different options for specifying the DataAsset class to use during validation, including data_asset_class_name / data_asset_module_name or data_asset_class

  • Internal class name changes between alpha versions: - InMemoryEvaluationParameterStore - ValidationsStore - ExpectationsStore - ActionListValidationOperator

  • Several modules are now refactored into different names including all datasources

  • InMemoryBatchKwargs use the key dataset instead of df to be more explicit

Pre-0.8.x configuration files great_expectations.yml are not compatible with 0.8.x. Run great_expectations project check-config - it will offer to create a new config file. The new config file will not have any customizations you made, so you will have to copy these from the old file.

If you run into any issues, please ask for help on Slack.

How to upgrade to 0.7.x

In version 0.7, GE introduced several new features, and significantly changed the way DataContext objects work:

  • A Data Contexts object manages access to expectation suites and other configuration in addition to data assets. It provides a flexible but opinionated structure for creating and storing configuration and expectations in version control.

  • When upgrading from prior versions, the new Datasources objects provide the same functionality that compute- environment-specific data context objects provided before, but with significantly more flexibility.

  • The term “autoinspect” is no longer used directly, having been replaced by a much more flexible Profiling feature.