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prefect-shell is a collection of prebuilt Prefect tasks that can be used to quickly construct Prefect flows.

Getting Started

Python setup

Requires an installation of Python 3.7+.

We recommend using a Python virtual environment manager such as pipenv, conda or virtualenv.

These tasks are designed to work with Prefect 2. For more information about how to use Prefect, please refer to the Prefect documentation.


Install prefect-shell with pip:

pip install -U prefect-shell

Write and run a flow

from prefect import flow
from prefect_shell import shell_run_command

def example_shell_run_command_flow():
    return shell_run_command(command="ls .", return_all=True)



If you encounter any bugs while using prefect-shell, feel free to open an issue in the prefect-shell repository.

If you have any questions or issues while using prefect-shell, you can find help in either the Prefect Discourse forum or the Prefect Slack community.

Feel free to star or watch prefect-shell for updates too!


If you'd like to install a version of prefect-shell for development, clone the repository and perform an editable install with pip:

git clone

cd prefect-shell/

pip install -e ".[dev]"

# Install linting pre-commit hooks
pre-commit install