Data Version Control or DVC is a command line tool and VS Code Extension to help you develop reproducible machine learning projects:
- Version your data and models. Store them in your cloud storage but keep their version info in your Git repo.
- Iterate fast with lightweight pipelines. When you make changes, only run the steps impacted by those changes.
- Track experiments in your local Git repo (no servers needed).
- Compare any data, code, parameters, model, or performance plots.
- Share experiments and automatically reproduce anyone's experiment.
Please read our Command Reference for a complete list.
A common CLI workflow includes:
|Connect code and data||
|Make changes and experiment||
|Compare and select experiments||
|Share data and ML models||
How DVC works
We encourage you to read our Get Started docs to better understand what DVC does and how it can fit your scenarios.
The closest analogies to describe the main DVC features are these:
- Git for data: Store and share data artifacts (like Git-LFS but without a server) and models, connecting them with a Git repository. Data management meets GitOps!
- Makefiles for ML: Describes how data or model artifacts are built from other data and code in a standard format. Now you can version your data pipelines with Git.
- Local experiment tracking: Turn your machine into an ML experiment management platform, and collaborate with others using existing Git hosting (Github, Gitlab, etc.).
Git is employed as usual to store and version code (including DVC meta-files as placeholders for data). DVC stores data and model files seamlessly in a cache outside of Git, while preserving almost the same user experience as if they were in the repo. To share and back up the data cache, DVC supports multiple remote storage platforms - any cloud (S3, Azure, Google Cloud, etc.) or on-premise network storage (via SSH, for example).
DVC pipelines (computational graphs) connect code and data together. They specify all steps required to produce a model: input dependencies including code, data, commands to run; and output information to be saved.
Last but not least, DVC Experiment Versioning lets you prepare and run a large number of experiments. Their results can be filtered and compared based on hyperparameters and metrics, and visualized with multiple plots.
Visual Studio Code Extension
To use DVC as a GUI right from your VS Code IDE, install the DVC Extension from the Marketplace. It currently features experiment tracking and data management, and more features (data pipeline support, etc.) are coming soon!
Note: You'll have to install core DVC on your system separately (as detailed below). The Extension will guide you if needed.
There are several ways to install DVC: in VS Code; using
pip; or with an OS-specific package.
Full instructions are available here.
snap install dvc --classic
This corresponds to the latest tagged release.
--beta for the latest tagged release candidate, or
--edge for the latest
choco install dvc
Brew (mac OS)
brew install dvc
Anaconda (Any platform)
conda install -c conda-forge mamba # installs much faster than conda mamba install -c conda-forge dvc
Depending on the remote storage type you plan to use to keep and share your data, you might need to install optional dependencies: dvc-s3, dvc-azure, dvc-gdrive, dvc-gs, dvc-oss, dvc-ssh.
pip install dvc
Depending on the remote storage type you plan to use to keep and share your data, you might need to specify one of the optional dependencies:
all to include them all.
The command should look like this:
pip install 'dvc[s3]' (in this case AWS S3 dependencies such as
boto3 will be installed automatically).
To install the development version, run:
pip install git+git://github.com/iterative/dvc
Self-contained packages for Linux, Windows, and Mac are available. The latest version of the packages can be found on the GitHub releases page.
Ubuntu / Debian (deb)
sudo wget https://dvc.org/deb/dvc.list -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/dvc.list wget -qO - https://dvc.org/deb/iterative.asc | sudo apt-key add - sudo apt update sudo apt install dvc
Fedora / CentOS (rpm)
sudo wget https://dvc.org/rpm/dvc.repo -O /etc/yum.repos.d/dvc.repo sudo rpm --import https://dvc.org/rpm/iterative.asc sudo yum update sudo yum install dvc
Contributions are welcome! Please see our Contributing Guide for more details. Thanks to all our contributors!
Community and Support
This project is distributed under the Apache license version 2.0 (see the LICENSE file in the project root).
By submitting a pull request to this project, you agree to license your contribution under the Apache license version 2.0 to this project.
Iterative, DVC: Data Version Control - Git for Data & Models (2020) DOI:10.5281/zenodo.012345.
Barrak, A., Eghan, E.E. and Adams, B. On the Co-evolution of ML Pipelines and Source Code - Empirical Study of DVC Projects , in Proceedings of the 28th IEEE International Conference on Software Analysis, Evolution, and Reengineering, SANER 2021. Hawaii, USA.