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Resources and Resource Types

Each resource has a resource type (for example MySQL, MongoDB, Slack, etc), that defines the schema that any resource of this type needs to implement. Schemas implement the json-schema specification.

Create a Resourceโ€‹

To create a resource using an existing type, go to the Resources page, then Add a resource:

Add a resource

Just like most objects in Windmill, resources have a path that define their permissions (also see ownership path prefix).

Each resource has a resource type, that defines what fields that resource contains.

Add resource example

Resources commonly need to access secrets or re-use variables, for example password or API tokens. To insert a variable into a resource, use Insert variable and select a variable. A variable name will look like $VAR:<NAME_OF_VAR>. When resources are called from a script, the variable reference will be replaced by its value.

Tip: It's a good practice to link a script template to resources, so that users can easily get started with it. You can use markdown in the description field to add a link, for example:

[example script with this resource](/scripts/add?template=script/template/path)

Create a Resource Typeโ€‹

Windmill comes preloaded with a few common resource types (databases, SMTP, etc). Resource types can easily be defined using a wizard. From the resources page, click Add type.

Create resource type

Use the Add arguments button to add a field to the resource type. You can specify constraints for the field (a type, making it mandatory, specifying a default, etc). You can also view the schema using the advanced tab:

Resource type schema view

Using Resourcesโ€‹

In Windmill, resources represent connections to third party systems. Resources are a good way to define a connection to a frequently used third party system such as a database. Think of resources as a structured way to store configuration and credentials, and access them from scripts.

Each resource has a resource type (for example MySQL, MongoDB, Slack, etc), that defines the schema that any resource of this type needs to implement. To learn how to define a new resource, see For example, a PostgreSQL resource needs to contain a dbname, a username, a host, etc.

PostgreSQL DB

Provided you have the right permissions, you can access resources from scripts using the Windmill client. For example, to access the u/bot/demo/demodb posgtgres resource we would:

psycopg2 # we want to connect to a PostgreSQL database, so we import the `psycopg2` connector
import wmill # the windmill client, used to access resources

def main():
client = wmill.Client()
pg_con = client.get_resource(resource)
# returns {'dbname': 'demo', 'host': '', 'password': 'demo', 'port': 6543, 'sslmode': 'disable', 'user': 'demo'}

conn = psycopg2.connect(**pg_con) #unpack the resource and pass it to psycopg2
cur = conn.cursor() 3 now query the database
if cur.description:
return cur.fetchall()
return None

For each resource type that you use, you'll likely rely on a python library (psycopg2 in this example). Windmill allows you to define resource types and use any dependencies.