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Project Overview

DLT-META is a metadata-driven framework based on Databricks Delta Live Tables (aka DLT) which lets you automate your bronze and silver data pipelines.

With this framework you need to record the source and target metadata in an onboarding json file which acts as the data flow specification aka Dataflowspec. A single generic DLT pipeline takes the Dataflowspec and runs your workloads.


Metadata Interface

Generic DLT pipeline

  • Apply appropriate readers based on input metadata
  • Apply data quality rules with DLT expectations
  • Apply CDC apply changes if specified in metadata
  • Builds DLT graph based on input/output metadata
  • Launch DLT pipeline

High-Level Process Flow:

DLT-META High-Level Process Flow



Getting Started

Refer to the Getting Started

Databricks Labs DLT-META CLI lets you run onboard and deploy in interactive python terminal


  • Python 3.8.0 +

  • Databricks CLI v0.213 or later. See instructions

  • Install Databricks CLI on macOS:

  • macos_install_databricks

  • Install Databricks CLI on Windows:

  • windows_install_databricks.png

Once you install Databricks CLI, authenticate your current machine to a Databricks Workspace:

databricks auth login --host WORKSPACE_HOST
To enable debug logs, simply add `--debug` flag to any command.

Installing dlt-meta:

  • Install dlt-meta via Databricks CLI:
    databricks labs install dlt-meta

Onboard using dlt-meta CLI:

If you want to run existing demo files please follow these steps before running onboard command:

    git clone
    cd dlt-meta
    python -m venv .venv
    source .venv/bin/activate
    pip install databricks-sdk
    databricks labs dlt-meta onboard


Above commands will prompt you to provide onboarding details. If you have cloned dlt-meta git repo then accept defaults which will launch config from demo folder. onboardingDLTMeta_2.gif

  • Goto your databricks workspace and located onboarding job under: Workflow->Jobs runs

depoly using dlt-meta CLI:

  • Once onboarding jobs is finished deploy bronze and silver DLT using below command
  •    databricks labs dlt-meta deploy
    • Above command will prompt you to provide dlt details. Please provide respective details for schema which you provided in above steps
    • Bronze DLT


  • Silver DLT
    •    databricks labs dlt-meta deploy
    • Above command will prompt you to provide dlt details. Please provide respective details for schema which you provided in above steps


More questions

Refer to the FAQ and DLT-META documentation

Project Support

Please note that all projects released under Databricks Labs are provided for your exploration only, and are not formally supported by Databricks with Service Level Agreements (SLAs). They are provided AS-IS and we do not make any guarantees of any kind. Please do not submit a support ticket relating to any issues arising from the use of these projects.

Any issues discovered through the use of this project should be filed as issues on the Github Repo.
They will be reviewed as time permits, but there are no formal SLAs for support.

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