Databricks for Python developers

This section provides a guide to developing notebooks and jobs in Databricks using the Python language.

Python APIs

PySpark API

PySpark is the Python API for Apache Spark. These links provide an introduction to and reference for PySpark.

pandas API (Koalas)

pandas is a Python API that makes working with “relational” data easy and intuitive. Koalas implements the pandas DataFrame API for Apache Spark.


Databricks Python notebooks support various types of visualizations using the display function.

You can also use the following third-party libraries to create visualizations in Databricks Python notebooks.


This section describes features that support interoperability between Python and SQL.


In addition to Databricks notebooks, you can use the following Python developer tools:


Databricks runtimes provide many libraries. There are several options to make third-party or locally-built Python libraries available to notebooks and jobs running on your Databricks clusters.

Make library available to all notebooks and jobs running on a cluster

Make library available only to a specific notebook