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lakeFS SDK in 1.0

1.0 is coming: a double rainbow over a traffic jam in Tel Aviv


We are putting the finishing touches on the :sparkles: lakeFS 1.0 release :sparkles:. Part of the reason 1.0 is so important is that it promises stability to lakeFS users and to lakeFS developers.

lakeFS version numbers generally follow Semantic Versioning. Version 1.0.0 will be the first major version, so it will be the first version to promise major version stability. A brief summary of semantic versioning: Starting with this version,

  • Patch version upgrades (for instance, from 1.0.0 to 1.0.1, or from 1.3.11 to 1.3.12) can fix bugs but cannot add new API capabilities. All programs that worked with the previous version continue to work with the new version. All programs that work with the new version and are unaffected by the fixed bugs would work with the old version.
  • Minor version upgrades (for instance, from 1.0.0 to 1.1.0, or from 1.3.11 to 1.4.0) can add API capabilities but cannot change existing APIs. All programs that worked with the previous version continue to work with the new version.
  • Major version upgrades (for instance, from 1.4.0 to 2.0.0, or from 1.17.12 to 2.0.0) can add, remove, or change existing APIs entirely. A program might stop working.

So it’s a pretty important change! Up until now, even a bump from 0.104.0 to 0.105.0 could break old programs. Indeed that happened. Starting with 1.0.0, a minor version that breaks old programs is a bug.

1.0.0 is a major version upgrade!

All guarantees here are for minor version upgrades. The upgrade to 1.0.0 is of course a major version upgrade, and it will necessarily break some client programs.

Interface guarantees

To detail what 1.0 really promises, we need to list what are the lakeFS interfaces. Obviously a program that relies on an internal implementation detail of lakeFS can fail at any version.

Starting with the 1.0 release, we will maintain stability across the following interfaces:

  • Any call to the REST OpenAPI API endpoint is stable, except for APIs tagged “experimental”, “internal”, or “deprecated”.

    If your program only calls such SDKs, it will continue to work across minor version upgrades.1

  • Any call to such an interface through the published, generated SDKs. These include:

    If your program only uses such calls on the SDK, it will continue to compile and function across a minor version upgrade of the SDK.

  • Any objects that were uploaded to some branch on a lakeFS server and then committed will continue to work after a minor version upgrade to the lakeFS server. Running an upgrade script may be required. However running this upgrade script on a cluster of more than a single server should not require downtime.2
  • The lakectl CLI flags will continue to work across minor version upgrades. However we do not currently guarantee the format of lakectl output.
  • Obviously we do not control the S3 API or its many clients. If your program uses an S3 API that lakeFS supports, it should continue to work across a minor version upgrade of lakeFS. A minor version upgrade will not remove support for a documented S3 API that is supported in the previous version.

Why this is important

For users

Programs that worked with one version >=1.0.0 of lakeFS should continue to work with all higher versions <2.0.0. A minor version upgrade only adds to your capabilities, but you do not need to do anything if you don’t use the added capabilities.

For developers

Don’t use APIs tagged “experimental”, “internal”, or “deprecated”. If you do use them, the rest of this section does not apply. Take into account that you may need to modify your program to match any lakeFS server upgrade.

Your program should continue to work with all lakeFS server versions that are minor version upgrades from the version you used to develop them.

Additionally, if you depend on one of the published, generated SDKs, then that dependency itself also honours semantic versioning. Switching your program to a minor version upgrade of the SDK dependency should be seamless.


For Java and for other languages running on the JVM, the current generated SDK is not stable with respect to a minor version upgrade. The upgrade from io.lakefs:lakefs-client to io.lakefs:lakefs-sdk will require you to rewrite API calls in a new style.

Here is one example of such a change. Old calls looked like this:

ObjectStats objectStat = objectsApi.statObject(
    objectLoc.getRepository(), objectLoc.getRef(), objectLoc.getPath(),
    false, false);

A single call was a single function call, which had to include optional parameters. If an optional parameter were added, this call would no longer compile. The long argument lists were also a maintenance burden.

Conceptually, API calls in the SDK now follow a fluent style:

ObjectStats objectStat = objectsApi
        objectLoc.getRepository(), objectLoc.getRef(), objectLoc.getPath()

The statObject call of the objects API starts by passing all required parameters. Then any optional parameters may be changed. Here userMetadata is modified, but presign is kept at its default value. Finally, the call is executed. When an optional parameter is added, this call will simply use its default value. This keeps the code compatible with minor version upgrades of the server.

For administrators

Your users and your developers no longer need to keep their program versions in lockstep with your lakeFS server versions, as long as you apply only minor version upgrades.

And if your cluster of lakeFS servers has more than one member, you should be able to perform most minor version upgrades with no downtime.

  1. Unless it depends on a bug that was fixed, of course. 

  2. Of course this may not be possible with some severe bugfixes. Requiring server downtime is a measure of the severity of the bugfix.