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May 10, 2024

How to Install the dbt-materialize Plugin?

The first step to using dbt with Materialize is to install the dbt-materialize plugin. This plugin is essential as it allows dbt to interact with Materialize, enabling you to build and run dbt models efficiently.

pip install dbt-materialize

The code above is a simple pip command to install the dbt-materialize plugin. Once executed, the plugin will be installed and ready for use.

  • pip: This is a package installer for Python. You can use it to install various Python packages, including the dbt-materialize plugin.
  • dbt-materialize: This is the plugin that allows dbt to interact with Materialize.

How to Create a dbt Project?

After installing the dbt-materialize plugin, the next step is to create a dbt project. This project will serve as the foundation for your work with dbt and Materialize.

dbt init my_project

The code above initiates a new dbt project named 'my_project'. You can replace 'my_project' with the name of your choice.

  • dbt init: This command is used to create a new dbt project.
  • my_project: This is the name of the new dbt project.

How to Connect to Materialize?

Once you have a dbt project, the next step is to connect to Materialize. This connection will allow you to build and run your dbt models.


The code above is a connection string for Materialize. Replace 'username', 'password', and 'my_db' with your Materialize credentials and database name.

  • materialize://: This is the protocol used to connect to Materialize.
  • username:password: These are your Materialize credentials.
  • localhost:6875: This is the default host and port for Materialize.
  • my_db: This is the name of your Materialize database.

How to Build and Run dbt Models?

With a dbt project and a connection to Materialize, you can now build and run dbt models. These models will help you transform your data in Materialize.

dbt run

The code above runs all models in your dbt project. This command will execute the SQL statements in your model files, transforming your data as specified.

  • dbt run: This command is used to execute all models in a dbt project.

How to Configure dbt-materialize?

After building and running your dbt models, you might need to configure dbt-materialize. This configuration can include installing the adapter, connecting to your instance, and setting up materializations.

pip install dbt-materialize

The code above first installs the dbt-materialize adapter, then connects to Materialize, and finally sets up a materialization. Replace 'username', 'password', and 'my_db' with your Materialize credentials and database name, and 'table_with_connector' with your desired materialization.

  • pip install dbt-materialize: This command installs the dbt-materialize adapter.
  • materialize://username:password@localhost:6875/my_db: This is the connection string for Materialize.
  • config(materialized='table_with_connector'): This sets up a materialization in dbt.

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