Get started

The easiest way to learn how to use Streamlit is to try things out yourself. As you read through this guide, test each method. As long as your app is running, every time you add a new element to your script and save, Streamlit’s UI will ask if you’d like to rerun the app and view the changes. This allows you to work in a fast interactive loop: you write some code, save it, review the output, write some more, and so on, until you’re happy with the results. The goal is to use Streamlit to create an interactive app for your data or model and along the way to use Streamlit to review, debug, perfect, and share your code.


Before you get started, you’re going to need a few things:

If you haven’t already, take a few minutes to read through Main concepts to understand Streamlit’s data flow model.

Set up your virtual environment

Regardless of which package management tool you’re using, we recommend running these commands in a virtual environment. This ensures that the dependencies pulled in for Streamlit don’t impact any other Python projects you’re working on.

Install Streamlit

pip install streamlit

Now run the hello world app just to make sure everything is working:

streamlit hello

Import Streamlit

Now that everything’s installed, let’s create a new Python script and import Streamlit.

  1. Create a new Python file named, then open it with your IDE or text editor.

  2. Next, import Streamlit.

    import streamlit as st
    # To make things easier later, we're also importing numpy and pandas for
    # working with sample data.
    import numpy as np
    import pandas as pd
  3. Run your app. A new tab will open in your default browser. It’ll be blank for now. That’s OK.

    streamlit run

    Running a Streamlit app is no different than any other Python script. Whenever you need to view the app, you can use this command.


    Did you know you can also pass a URL to streamlit run? This is great when combined with Github Gists. For example:

    $ streamlit run

  4. You can kill the app at any time by typing Ctrl+c in the terminal.

Add text and data

Add a title

Streamlit has a number of ways to add text to your app. Check out our API reference for a complete list.

Let’s add a title to test things out:

st.title('My first app')

That’s it! Your app has a title. You can use specific text functions to add content to your app, or you can use st.write() and add your own markdown.

Write a data frame

Along with magic commands, st.write() is Streamlit’s “Swiss Army knife”. You can pass almost anything to st.write(): text, data, Matplotlib figures, Altair charts, and more. Don’t worry, Streamlit will figure it out and render things the right way.

st.write("Here's our first attempt at using data to create a table:")
    'first column': [1, 2, 3, 4],
    'second column': [10, 20, 30, 40]

There are other data specific functions like st.dataframe() and st.table() that you can also use for displaying data. Check our advanced guides on displaying data to understand when to use these features and how to add colors and styling to your data frames.


For this guide we’re using small amounts of data so that we can move quickly. You can check out our Tutorial on creating a data explorer to see an example of how to load data from an API and use @st.cache to cache it.

Use magic

You can also write to your app without calling any Streamlit methods. Streamlit supports “magic commands,” which means you don’t have to use st.write() at all! Try replacing the code above with this snippet:

# My first app
Here's our first attempt at using data to create a table:

df = pd.DataFrame({
  'first column': [1, 2, 3, 4],
  'second column': [10, 20, 30, 40]


How it works is simple. Any time that Streamlit sees a variable or a literal value on its own line, it automatically writes that to your app using st.write(). For more information, refer to the documentation on magic commands.

Draw charts and maps

Streamlit supports several popular data charting libraries like Matplotlib, Altair,, and more. In this section, you’ll add a bar chart, line chart, and a map to your app.

Draw a line chart

You can easily add a line chart to your app with st.line_chart(). We’ll generate a random sample using Numpy and then chart it.

chart_data = pd.DataFrame(
     np.random.randn(20, 3),
     columns=['a', 'b', 'c'])


Plot a map

With you can display data points on a map. Let’s use Numpy to generate some sample data and plot it on a map of San Francisco.

map_data = pd.DataFrame(
    np.random.randn(1000, 2) / [50, 50] + [37.76, -122.4],
    columns=['lat', 'lon'])

Add interactivity with widgets

With widgets, Streamlit allows you to bake interactivity directly into your apps with checkboxes, buttons, sliders, and more. Check out our API reference for a full list of interactive widgets.

Use checkboxes to show/hide data

One use case for checkboxes is to hide or show a specific chart or section in an app. st.checkbox() takes a single argument, which is the widget label. In this sample, the checkbox is used to toggle a conditional statement.

if st.checkbox('Show dataframe'):
    chart_data = pd.DataFrame(
       np.random.randn(20, 3),
       columns=['a', 'b', 'c'])


Use a selectbox for options

Use st.selectbox to choose from a series. You can write in the options you want, or pass through an array or data frame column.

Let’s use the df data frame we created earlier.

option = st.selectbox(
    'Which number do you like best?',
     df['first column'])

'You selected: ', option

Put widgets in a sidebar

For a cleaner look, you can move your widgets into a sidebar. This keeps your app central, while widgets are pinned to the left. Let’s take a look at how you can use st.sidebar in your app.

option = st.sidebar.selectbox(
    'Which number do you like best?',
     df['first column'])

'You selected:', option

Most of the elements you can put into your app can also be put into a sidebar using this syntax: st.sidebar.[element_name](). Here are a few examples that show how it’s used: st.sidebar.markdown(), st.sidebar.slider(), st.sidebar.line_chart().

The only exceptions right now are st.echo and st.spinner. Rest assured, though, we’re currently working on adding support for those too!

Show progress

When adding long running computations to an app, you can use st.progress() to display status in real time.

First, let’s import time. We’re going to use the time.sleep() method to simulate a long running computation:

import time

Now, let’s create a progress bar:

'Starting a long computation...'

# Add a placeholder
latest_iteration = st.empty()
bar = st.progress(0)

for i in range(100):
  # Update the progress bar with each iteration.
  latest_iteration.text(f'Iteration {i+1}')
  bar.progress(i + 1)

'...and now we\'re done!'

Record a screencast

After you’ve built a Streamlit app, you may want to discuss some of it with co-workers over email or Slack, or share it with the world on Twitter. A great way to do that is with Streamlit’s built-in screencast recorder. With it, you can record, narrate, stop, save, and share with a few clicks.

To start a screencast, locate the menu in the upper right corner of your app (), select Record a screencast, and follow the prompts. Before the recording starts, you’ll see a countdown — this means it’s showtime.

To stop your screencast, go back to the menu () and select Stop recording (or hit the ESC key). Follow the prompts to preview your recording and save it to disk. That’s it, you’re ready to share your Streamlit app.


Get help

That’s it for getting started, now you can go and build your own apps! If you run into difficulties here are a few things you can do.

  • Check out our community forum and post a question

  • Quick help from command line with $ streamlit --help

  • Read more documentation! Check out: