An open source multi-tool for exploring and publishing data

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Annotated version of this introductory video

Datasette is a tool for exploring and publishing data. It helps people take data of any shape or size, analyze and explore it, and publish it as an interactive website and accompanying API.

Datasette is aimed at data journalists, museum curators, archivists, local governments and anyone else who has data that they wish to share with the world. It is part of a wider ecosystem of tools and plugins dedicated to making working with structured data as productive as possible.

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Exploratory data analysis

Import data from CSVs, JSON, database connections and more. Datasette will automatically show you patterns in your data and help you share your findings with your colleagues.

Instant data publishing

datasette publish lets you instantly publish your data to hosting providers like Google Cloud Run, Heroku or Vercel.

Rapid prototyping

Spin up a JSON API for any data in minutes. Use it to prototype and prove your ideas without building a custom backend.

Latest news

18th February 2021 #

Datasette 0.55 adds support for cross-database SQL queries. You can now run datasette --crossdb one.db two.db and then run queries that join data from tables in both of those database files - see cross-database queries in the documentation for more details.

sqlite-utils 3.6 adds similar features: a db.attach(alias, filepath) Python API method and --attach alias filepath.db command-line option, both for attaching additional databases in order to execute cross-database queries.

7th February 2021 #

This new Video introduction to Datasette and sqlite-utils provides a full introduction to both Datasette and sqlite-utils in 17 minutes, including a live demo of creating a database from a CSV file and publishing it to Google Cloud Run.

3rd February 2021 #

Serving map tiles from SQLite with MBTiles and datasette-tiles. datasette-tiles is a new plugin that adds a tile server to Datasette, serving map tiles from databases that conform to the MBTiles specification. download-tiles is a tool for building these databases, and datasette-basemap is a plugin that bundles a 22MB SQLite database with OpenStreetMap tiles covering zoom levels 0-6 for the entire world.

25th January 2021 #

Datasette 0.54 is out today. Highlights include the new _internal in-memory database exposing details of connected tables, plus support for JavaScript modules in plugins and add-on scripts. More commentary on this release is available in the annotated release notes.

24th January 2021 #

Drawing shapes on a map to query a SpatiaLite database introduces the new datasette-leaflet-freedraw plugin, which adds support for drawing shapes on a map to specify a GeoJSON MultiPolygon that can be used to query SpatiaLite databases.

7th January 2021 #

APIs from CSS without JavaScript: the datasette-css-properties plugin introduces datasette-css-properties, a highly experimental plugin that can output table rows and SQL query results as CSS stylesheets defining custom properties that can then be used to customize a static HTML page.

19th December 2020 #

New on this site: a Datasette Tools directory and a search engine that covers documentation, tools, plugins, releases and more. The search engine uses Dogsheep Beta - I wrote about how that works in Building a search engine for

13th December 2020 #

I wrote more about how this site works in Weeknotes:, an official project website for Datasette.

10th December 2020 #

Datasette 0.53 - datasette serve --create option, ?column__arraynotcontains= table filter, ?_header=off CSV option and updated links to reflect the new project website.

New Datasette project website - three years after the first release Datasette finally has its own website! The site includes project news, a plugin directory, use-cases and examples. The site is implemented using Datasette custom templates, and the source code is available on GitHub.

28th November 2020 #

Datasette 0.52 - --config is now --setting, new database_actions plugin hook, datasette publish cloudrun --apt-get-install option and several bug fixes.

31st October 2020 #

Datasette 0.51 - A new visual design, plugin hooks for adding navigation options, better handling of binary data, URL building utility methods and better support for running Datasette behind a proxy. Annotated release notes.

9th October 2020 #

Datasette 0.50 - New column actions menu. datasette.client object for plugins to make internal API requests. Improved documentation on deploying Datasette. Annotated release notes.

14th September 2020 #

Datasette 0.49 - JSON API for writable canned queries, path parameters for custom pages. See also Datasette 0.49: The annotated release notes.

16th August 2020 #

Datasette 0.48 - Documentation now lives at, improvements to the extra_template_vars, extra_css_urls, extra_js_urls and extra_body_script plugin hooks.

All news

Latest releases

25th February 2021

datasette-auth-github 0.13.1

  • Deployments that are configured to check organization membership now use read:org scope instead of the more permissive user scope. #73

datasette-block 0.1.1

  • Fix ASGI lifespan bug. #1

datasette-block 0.1

  • First working release

23rd February 2021

csv-diff 1.1

  • Tool now also works against inputs that are JSON files consisting of a list of objects with identical keys, using --format=json. #12

22nd February 2021

sqlite-transform 0.4

  • New sqlite-transform jsonsplit for converting foo,bar into ["foo", "bar"]. #10
  • Added --dry-run option to sqlite-tranfsorm lambda for previewing the conversion that is about to be applied. #8

airtable-export 0.5

  • New --sqlite database.db export option. #10

19th February 2021

sqlite-utils 3.6

This release adds the ability to execute queries joining data from more than one database file - similar to the cross database querying feature introduced in Datasette 0.55.

datasette 0.55

Support for cross-database SQL queries and built-in support for serving via HTTPS.

  • The new --crossdb command-line option causes Datasette to attach up to ten database files to the same /_memory database connection. This enables cross-database SQL queries, including the ability to use joins and unions to combine data from tables that exist in different database files. See Cross-database queries for details. (#283)
  • --ssl-keyfile and --ssl-certfile options can be used to specify a TLS certificate, allowing Datasette to serve traffic over https:// without needing to run it behind a separate proxy. (#1221)
  • The /:memory: page has been renamed (and redirected) to /_memory for consistency with the new /_internal database introduced in Datasette 0.54. (#1205)
  • Added plugin testing documentation on Using pdb for errors thrown inside Datasette. (#1207)
  • The official Datasette Docker image now uses Python 3.7.10, applying the latest security fix for that Python version. (#1235)

18th February 2021

datasette-graphql 1.4

  • Fix broken tests against Datasette 0.54. #71
  • Bundle JavaScript and CSS assets for GraphiQL, instead of loading them from a CDN. #73
  • Pin to graphene dependency < 3.0. #72

16th February 2021

download-tiles 0.4.1

  • Fixed bug in released version caused by unnecessary attr import. #6

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