Enterprise Edition Overview

Astronomer Overview

Airflow Clusters

When you create a new Airflow deployment on Astronomer, the platform will deploy Kubernetes pods for an Airflow Webserver, Airflow Scheduler, pool of Celery workers, a small Redis instance (that backs Celery), and a statsd pod that streams metrics to a centralized Prometheus and Grafana.

Easy Installation

You can self-install Asstronomer onto Kubernetes by following our install guides.

When you install the Astronomer platform, a number of components are deployed including NGINX, Prometheus, Grafana, a GraphQL API (Houston), a React UI (Orbit), and a private Docker Registry (used in the DAG deployment process).

Helm charts here

Easy DAG Deployment

Astronomer makes it easy to deploy these containers to Kubernetes - but more importantly, to give Airflow developers a CLI to deploy DAGs through a private Docker registry that interacts with the Kubernetes API.

Remember to run astro airflow init after creating a new project directory.

Any Python packages can be added to requirements.txt and all OS level packages can be added to packages.txt in the project directory.

Additional RUN commands can be added to the Dockerfile. Environment variables can also be added to ENV.

Authentication Options

  • Local (username/password)
  • Auth0 (supports SAML, Active Directory, other SSO)
  • Google
  • Github

Astro CLI

The Astro CLI helps you develop and deploy Airflow projects.


Houston is a GraphQL API that serves as the source of truth for the Astronomer Platform.


Commander is a GRPC provisioning component of the Astronomer Platform. It is responsible for interacting with the underlying Kubernetes infrastructure layer.


Orbit is a GraphQL UI that provides easy access to the capabilities of the Astronomer platform.


dbBootstrapper is a utility that initializes databases and create Kubernetes secrets, and runs automatically when an Airflow cluster is created.