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Reversible rollout system

Kettle is a library to assist with creating and running rollouts. A rollout is a set of tasks that need to be run and monitored in order to accomplish something, e.g. a code deployment.


Kettle revolves around two concepts:

  • Task - A Task represents an atomic action performed towards your outcome. It knows how to reverse itself. It is nested in a tree, so that each Task save the root Task has a parent and each Task can have many children.

  • Rollout - A Rollout is the context around a set of Tasks: it takes user configuration, generates a tree of Tasks, sets the root task running and monitors it. If something goes wrong, it rolls everything back.

Getting started


Create a directory called my_kettle.

Create a file called in my_kettle that contains the following:

from kettle.rollout import Rollout
from kettle.tasks import DelayTask

class MyRollout(Rollout):
    def _generate_tasks(self):
        config = self.config
        root_task = DelayTask(, seconds=15)

Create a file called Put the following variable definitions into it:

ROLLOUT_CLS = 'rollout:MyRollout'

ENGINE_STRING = 'sqlite:///kettle.sqlite'

SECRET_KEY = '<insert a randomly generated string for use as the Flask secret key>'


In order to generate a secret key, using the following method in an interactive Python session is suggested:

>>> import os
>>> os.urandom(24)

Copy and paste the result into your SECRET_KEY variable.


Run the following from your my_kettle dir:

python -c 'from kettle.settings import load_settings; load_settings(); from kettle import db; db.create_all()'

This should create a file called kettle.sqlite in your my_kettle dir. The sqlite db will contain two tables, rollout and tasks.


From your my_kettle dir, run

Point your browser at http://localhost:5000

From this web interface you can create, run and monitor rollouts.

Click on new and you will be taken to a form for your rollout. Since we didn't specify any configuration options, the form will be empty. Click Finalise.

You should now see a Rollout with a single task, Delay for 15 seconds. Click on Run.

The rollout will start and you will see a countdown as the delay ticks away.
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