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June 7th : version 0.4 is out !

Tuttle : Make for data

This tool has been designed to help you create data as a team in an industrial environment, with reliability in mind.

Whether you change the scripts, merge your work with teammate's, checkout another branch of code, Tuttle will re-compute the data for you, but only the part that changed. Most of all, Tuttle GUARANTIES the result you expect from your source files, every time you run it, onn every plateform.


Here's an example of the syntax of tuttle : this projects aims a finding the importance of each musketeer in the novel The Three Musketeers. The text has to be extracted from a zip file, and the whole workflow should produce a png bar graph and a csv file you can import in our favorite spreadsheet software :

file://Les_trois_mousquetaires.txt <- file://
# extracts the text of the novel from the archive
    unzip Les_trois_mousquetaires.txt

file://characters_count.dat <- file://Les_trois_mousquetaires.txt ! python
# reads the text and counts the occurrences of each musketeer (comparisons
# are made in lower case to avoid surprises !)
    # -*- coding: utf8 -*-
    names = ["Athos", "Porthos", "Aramis", "d'Artagnan"]
    with open('characters_count.dat', 'w') as f_out:
        with open('Les_trois_mousquetaires.txt') as f_in:
            content_low =
        for name in names:
            name_low = name.lower()
            f_out.write("{}\t{}\n".format(name, content_low.count(name_low)))

file://characters_count.csv <- file://characters_count.dat
# Creates a file readable by a spreadsheet software :
# * add quotes around the name of the character
# * add Windows style new lines
    awk '{print "\""$1"\","$2"\r"}' characters_count.dat > characters_count.csv

file://characters_count.png <- file://characters_count.dat
# Plot the data with gnuplot. You need to have gnuplot installed
    gnuplot <<$script$
    set terminal png
    set output "characters_count.png"
    plot "characters_count.dat" using 2: xtic(1) with histogram

When you run this project, you get a report of every thing that has been run, when, whether it succeeded, an access to the logs, and... A nice dependency graph !

Dependency graph

You'll find details on this workflow on the dedicated tutorial.

Please note that Tuttle is at a very early stage of development and must be considered as alpha, therefore syntax as well as command line options are likely to change.


You can find download tuttle and install it on your system :

  • on Windows, download the .msi installer
  • on debian and ubuntu a .deb is provided
  • on other systems, you need to install python 2.7 and compile tuttle from the sources :
    git clone
    cd tuttle
    python install


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Tuttle is a python project you can download and install :

git clone
cd tuttle
python install

Contributions are very welcome through pull request. You can contribute to :

  • documentation : formal doc, tutorials
  • code : improve tuttle kernel, add new extensions : spreadshits, mongodb, hdfs, etc. Code have to come with tests and documentation
  • tests : use Tuttle for your projects and report bugs
  • syntax : help define the perfect way to describe workflows
  • design : please help improve the look of the report to ease readability !