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📊 Cube — The Semantic Layer for Building Data Applications

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Why use Cube on Plural?

Plural helps you deploy and manage the lifecycle of open-source applications on Kubernetes. Our platform combines the scalability and observability benefits of managed SaaS with the data security, governance, and compliance benefits of self-hosting Cube.

If you need more than just Cube, look for other cloud-native and open-source tools in our marketplace of curated applications to leapfrog complex deployments and get started quickly.

Cube’s websiteGitHubLicenseInstalling Cube docs

Deploying Cube is a matter of executing these 3 commands:

plural bundle install cube cube-aws
plural build
plural deploy --commit "deploying cube"
Read the install documentation

Cube — Semantic Layer for Data Applications

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Cube is the semantic layer for building data applications. It helps data engineers and application developers access data from modern data stores, organize it into consistent definitions, and deliver it to every application.

Learn more about connecting Cube to data sources and analytics & visualization tools.

Cube was designed to work with all SQL-enabled data sources, including cloud data warehouses like Snowflake or Google BigQuery, query engines like Presto or Amazon Athena, and application databases like Postgres. Cube has a built-in relational caching engine to provide sub-second latency and high concurrency for API requests.

For more details, see the introduction page in our documentation.

Why Cube?

If you are building a data application—such as a business intelligence tool or a customer-facing analytics feature—you’ll probably face the following problems:

  1. SQL code organization. Sooner or later, modeling even a dozen metrics with a dozen dimensions using pure SQL queries becomes a maintenance nightmare, which leads to building a modeling framework.
  2. Performance. Most of the time and effort in modern analytics software development is spent providing adequate time to insight. In a world where every company’s data is big data, writing just SQL queries to get insight isn’t enough anymore.
  3. Access Control. It is important to secure and govern access to data for all downstream data consuming applications.

Cube has the necessary infrastructure and features to implement efficient data modeling, access control, and performance optimizations so that every application—like embedded analytics, dashboarding and reporting tools, data notebooks, and other tools—can access consistent data via REST, SQL, and GraphQL APIs.

Getting Started 🚀

Cube Cloud

Cube Cloud is the fastest way to get started with Cube. It provides managed infrastructure as well as an instant and free access for development projects and proofs of concept.

Get started now

For a step-by-step guide on Cube Cloud, see the docs.

Docker

Alternatively, you can get started with Cube locally or self-host it with Docker.

Once Docker is installed, in a new folder for your project, run the following command:

bash
docker run -p 4000:4000 \
  -p 15432:15432 \
  -v ${PWD}:/cube/conf \
  -e CUBEJS_DEV_MODE=true \
  cubejs/cube

Then, open http://localhost:4000 in your browser to continue setup.

For a step-by-step guide on Docker, see the docs.

Resources

Community

If you have any questions or need help - please join our Slack community of amazing developers and data engineers.

You are also welcome to join our monthly community calls where we discuss community news, Cube Dev team's plans, backlogs, use cases, etc. If you miss the call, the recordings will also be available after the meeting.

Our quarterly roadmap

We publish our open source roadmap every quarter and discuss them during our monthly community calls. You can find our roadmap under projects in our Cube.js repository.

Contributing

There are many ways you can contribute to Cube! Here are a few possibilities:

  • Star this repo and follow us on Twitter.
  • Add Cube to your stack on Stackshare.
  • Upvote issues with 👍 reaction so we know what's the demand for particular issue to prioritize it within road map.
  • Create issues every time you feel something is missing or goes wrong.
  • Ask questions on Stack Overflow with cube.js tag if others can have these questions as well.
  • Provide pull requests for all open issues and especially for those with help wanted and good first issue labels.

All sort of contributions are welcome and extremely helpful 🙌 Please refer to the contribution guide for more information.

License

Cube Client is MIT licensed.

Cube Backend is Apache 2.0 licensed.

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We support deploying on all major cloud providers, including AWS, Azure, and GCP. We also support all on-prem Kubernetes clusters, including OpenShift, Tanzu, Rancher, and others.

No, Plural does not have access to any cloud environments when deployed through the CLI. We generate deployment manifests in the Plural Git repository and then use your configured cloud provider's CLI on your behalf. We cannot perform anything outside of deploying and managing the manifests that are created in your Plural Git repository. However, Plural does have access to your cloud credentials when deployed through the Cloud Shell. Read more.