Using Enterprise Steam with Python

This section describes how to use the Enterprise Steam for Python. Note that each Python request will result in a warning message. These warnings can be ignored.

Downloading and Installing

  1. Go to
  2. Select the Python version that you want to download and install.
  3. Open a Terminal window, and navigate to the location where the Python .whl file was downloaded. For example:
cd ~/Downloads
  1. Install Enterprise Steam for Python using pip install <file_name>. For example:
pip install h2osteam-


In Python, use the login function to log in to your Enterprise Steam web server. Note that you must already have a username and a password. The web server and your username and password are provided to you by your Enterprise Steam Admin.

$ python
>>> import h2osteam
>>> conn = h2osteam.login(url = "https://steam.0xdata.loc",
                           verify_ssl = False,


Use the start_h2o_cluster function to create a new cluster. This function takes the following parameters:

  • cluster_name: Specify a name for this cluster.
  • num_nodes: Specify the number of nodes for the cluster.
  • node_memory: Specify the amount of memory that should be available on each node.
  • yarn_queue: If your cluster contains queues for allocating cluster resources, specify the queue for this cluster. Note that the YARN Queue cannot contain spaces.
  • callback_ip: Optionally specify the IP address for callback messages from the mapper to the driver (driverif).
  • h2o_version: The H2O engine version that this cluster will use. Note that the Enterprise Steam Admin is responsible for adding engines to Enterprise Steam.
>>> cluster_config = conn.start_h2o_cluster(cluster_name = 'first-cluster-from-Python',
                                            num_nodes = 2,
                                            node_memory = '30g',
                                            h2o_version = "")

# Call the cluster to retrieve its ID and configuration params.
>>> cluster_config
{'id': 107, 'connect_params': {'cookies': [u'first-cluster-from-Python=YW5nZWxhOmdrZm53aGJsdWY='], 'ip': 'steam.0xdata.loc', 'context_path': u'jsmit_first-cluster-from-Python', 'verify_ssl_certificates': False, 'https': True, 'port': 9999}}

Note that after you create a cluster, you can immediately connect to that cluster and begin using H2O. Refer to the following for a complete Python example.

>>> import h2o
>>> from h2o.estimators.gbm import H2OGradientBoostingEstimator
>>> h2o.connect(config = cluster_config)

# import the cars dataset
# this dataset is used to classify whether or not a car is economical based on
# the car's displacement, power, weight, and acceleration, and the year it was made
>>> cars = h2o.import_file("")

# convert response column to a factor
>>> cars["economy_20mpg"] = cars["economy_20mpg"].asfactor()

# set the predictor names and the response column name
>>> predictors = ["displacement","power","weight","acceleration","year"]
>>> response = "economy_20mpg"

# split into train and validation sets
>>> train, valid = cars.split_frame(ratios = [.8], seed = 1234)

# initialize your estimator
>>> cars_gbm = H2OGradientBoostingEstimator(seed = 1234)

# train your model, specifying your 'x' predictors,
# your 'y' the response column, training_frame, and validation_frame
>>> cars_gbm.train(x = predictors, y = response, training_frame = train, validation_frame = valid)

# print the auc for the validation data
>>> cars_gbm.auc(valid=True)


Use the get_h2o_cluster to retrieve information about a specific cluster using the cluster name.

>>> conn.get_h2o_cluster('first-cluster-from-Python')
{'id': 108, 'connect_params': {'cookies': [u'first-cluster-from-Python=YW5nZWxhOnA1bHRreHN5amo='], 'ip': 'steam.0xdata.loc', 'context_path': u'jsmith_first-cluster-from-Python', 'verify_ssl_certificates': False, 'https': True, 'port': 9999}}


Use the stop_h2o_cluster function to stop a cluster.

>>> conn.stop_h2o_cluster(cluster_config)