The stackablectl command line tool is used to interact with the Stackable data platform. It can install individual operators as well as platform releases. It also ships with a set of pre-built Demo that utilize different data products of the Platform to get e.g. an end-to-end data pipeline.

The installation of stackablectl is described in Installation.

To just get a Quickstart please follow Quickstart.

In general, use stackablectl --help to find out more about how to use the tool or how to use specific options. This also works with subcommands, i.e. stackablectl release install --help will show the help for installing a release. Often you can also use an abbreviation instead of typing out all of the commands. E.g. stackablectl operator list can also be written as stackablectl op ls

A Kubernetes cluster is required in order to use the Stackable Data Platform as all products and operators run on Kubernetes. If you don’t have a Kubernetes cluster, stackablectl can spin up a kind Kubernetes Cluster for you.

The deployed services are separated into three different layers as illustrated below:

Layers of the deployed services


This layer consists of Stackable operators managing the individual data products. They can either be installed one by one with the Operator command or from a release with the Release command which is recommended way. A release is a well-playing bundle of operators that has been extensively tested by Stackable.


A stack is a collection of ready-to-use Stackable data products as well as needed third-party services like Postgresql or MinIO.

Stacks are installed with the Stack command. A stack needs a release (of Stackable operators) to run on. To achieve this a stacks has a dependency on a release which gets automatically installed when a stack is installed.


A demo is an end-to-end demonstration of the usage of the Stackable data platform. It contains

  1. Installing a Stackable release

  2. Spinning up a stack

  3. Performing the actual demo

    1. Prepare some test data

    2. Process test data

    3. Visualize results (optional)

Demos are installed with the Demo command. A demo needs a stack to run on. To achieve this a demo has a dependency on a stack which gets automatically installed when a demo is installed. The stack in turn will install the needed Stackable release.

You can browse the available demos on the demo page. We currently offer the following list of demos: