Validate your data using a Checkpoint

Validation is the core operation of Great Expectations: “Validate data X against Expectation Y.”

In normal usage, the best way to validate data is with a Checkpoints. Checkpoints bundle Batches of data with corresponding Expectation Suites for validation.

Let’s set up our first Checkpoint to validate the February data! Run the following in your terminal:

great_expectations --v3-api checkpoint new my_checkpoint

This will open a Jupyter notebook that will allow you to complete the configuration of your Checkpoint.

The checkpoint new notebook

The Jupyter notebook contains some boilerplate code that allows you to configure a new Checkpoint. The second code cell is pre-populated with an arbitrarily chosen batch request and Expectation Suite to get you started. Edit it as follows to configure a Checkpoint to validate the February data:

my_checkpoint_config = f"""
name: {my_checkpoint_name}
config_version: 1.0
class_name: SimpleCheckpoint
run_name_template: "%Y%m%d-%H%M%S-my-run-name-template"
  - batch_request:
      datasource_name: taxi_data
      data_connector_name: taxi_data_example_data_connector
      data_asset_name: yellow_tripdata_sample_2019-02.csv
        index: -1
    expectation_suite_name: taxi.demo

You can then execute all cells in the notebook in order to store the Checkpoint to your Data Context.

What just happened?

  • my_checkpoint is the name of your new Checkpoint.

  • The Checkpoint uses taxi.demo as its primary Expectation Suite.

  • You configured the Checkpoint to validate the yellow_tripdata_sample_2019-02.csv (i.e. our February data) file.

How to run validation and inspect your validation results

This is basically just a recap of the previous section on Data Docs! In order to build Data Docs and get your results in a nice, human-readable format, you can simply uncomment and run the last cell in the notebook. This will open Data Docs, where you can click on the latest validation run to see the validation results page for this Checkpoint run.


You’ll see that the test suite failed when you ran it against the February data. Awesome!

What just happened? Why did it fail?? Help!?

We ran the Checkpoint and it successfully failed! Wait - what? Yes, that’s correct, and that’s we wanted. We know that in this example, the February data has data quality issues, which means we expect the validation to fail.

On the validation results page, you will see that the validation of the staging data failed because the set of Observed Values in the passenger_count column contained the value 0.0! This violates our Expectation, which makes the validation fail.


And this is it!

We have successfully created an Expectation Suite based on historical data, and used it to detect an issue with our new data. Congratulations! You have now completed the “Getting started with Great Expectations” tutorial.

Wrap-up and next steps

In this tutorial, we have covered the following basic capabilities of Great Expectations:

  • Setting up a Data Context

  • Connecting a Data Source

  • Creating an Expectation Suite using a automated profiling

  • Exploring validation results in Data Docs

  • Validating a new batch of data with a Checkpoint

As a final, optional step, you can check out the next section on how to customize your deployment in order to configure options such as where to store Expectations, validation results, and Data Docs.

And if you want to stop here, feel free to join our Slack community to say hi to fellow Great Expectations users in the #beginners channel!