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Create a dbt project the way Fishtown Analytics would

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A tool to create dbt projects for consulting. dbt-init will create a project as a subdirectory within the target directory you provide it, and populate as much of the dbt project as possible

Installation & usage

  1. Install using pip install dbt-init
  2. To create a new client project run a command like following:
$ dbt-init --client jaffle_shop --warehouse snowflake --target_dir ~/clients/

You can also check the available arguments with dbt-init --help

Once you've created your project

  1. Update sample.profile.yml to contain the correct profile details for your client, excluding the actual credentials – e.g. username and password:
  • You can often pre-fill the host and database name.
  • You may want to use an alternate connection method (e.g. OAuth) and update the sample file to reflect this.
  1. Ensure that the users/groups/roles within a warehouse match the grant statements in the post-run hooks (defined in dbt_project.yml).

Building out the starter project

If you're interested in helping build out the starter project, here is a list of variables you can use – a lot of them have defaults based on the client name.

{{ }}: The name of the project, as defined in `dbt_project.yml`, e.g. jaffle_shop.
{{ project.warehouse }}: The warehouse that a client is using.
{{ project.client_name }}: The name of the client, e.g. jaffle_shop.
{{ project.dir_name }}: The name of the directory this project is in, e.g. jaffle-shop-dbt.
{{ project.profile_name }}: The name of the profile used by this project, e.g. jaffle_shop.


  • Configure a new profile as part of init process

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