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Create a collection

Weaviate stores data in "collections". A collection is a set of objects that share the same data structure. In our movie database, we might have a collection of movies, a collection of actors, and a collection of reviews.

Here we will create a collection of movies.


This example creates a collection for the movie data:

import weaviate
import os

import weaviate.classes.config as wc

# Instantiate your client (not shown). e.g.:
# client = weaviate.connect_to_wcs(..., headers=headers) or
# client = weaviate.connect_to_local(..., headers=headers)

wc.Property(name="title", data_type=wc.DataType.TEXT),
wc.Property(name="overview", data_type=wc.DataType.TEXT),
wc.Property(name="vote_average", data_type=wc.DataType.NUMBER),
wc.Property(name="genre_ids", data_type=wc.DataType.INT_ARRAY),
wc.Property(name="release_date", data_type=wc.DataType.DATE),
wc.Property(name="tmdb_id", data_type=wc.DataType.INT),
# Define the vectorizer module (none, as we will add our own vectors)
# Define the generative module


Each collection definition must have a name. Then, you can define additional parameters like we've done in this example.

Explain the code


Properties are the object attributes that you want to store in the collection. Each property has a name and a data type.

In our movie database, we have properties like title, release_date and genre_ids, with data types like TEXT (string), DATE (date), or INT (integer). It's also possible to have arrays of integers, like we have with genre_ids.


Weaviate can automatically infer the schema from the data. However, it's a good practice to define the properties explicitly, for better control and to avoid surprises.

Vectorizer configuration

In this code example, we specify the vectorizer as none, as we will specify our own vectors.


Generative configuration

If you wish to use your collection with a generative model (e.g. a large language model), you must specify the generative module.

In this code example, we specify the cohere module (generative-cohere is the full name) with default options.


Python classes

The code example makes use of classes such as Property, DataType and Configure. They are defined in the weaviate.classes.config submodule and are used to define the collection.

For convenience, we import the submodule as wc and use classes from it.

import weaviate.classes.config as wc

Questions and feedback

If you have any questions or feedback, let us know in the user forum.