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Programmatically generate LookML

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LookML Generator Documentation Status Updates

Programmatically generate LookML


  • Generate LookML views programmatically
  • Include dimensions, dimension groups, filters, and measures in your views
  • Support Persistent Derived Tables (PDTs)
  • Write output to files or StringIO buffers

Quick Start

Install it:

pip install lookml-gen

Use it:

from lookmlgen.view import View
from lookmlgen.field import Dimension, DimensionGroup, Measure
from lookmlgen.base_generator import GeneratorFormatOptions

view_name = 'my_view'
v = View(view_name, sql_table_name='my_table')
v.add_field(Dimension('id', type='number', primary_key=True))
v.add_field(Dimension('quantity', type='number'))
v.add_field(Measure('total_quantity', sql='${TABLE}.quantity', type='sum'))

with open('%s.view.lkml' % view_name, 'w') as f:
    v.generate_lookml(f, GeneratorFormatOptions(view_fields_alphabetical=False))

See it:

# STOP! This file was generated by an automated process.
# Any edits you make will be lost the next time it is
# re-generated.
view: my_view {
  sql_table_name: my_table ;;

  dimension: id {
    type: number
    primary_key: yes
    sql: ${TABLE}.id ;;

  dimension_group: created {
    type: time
    timeframes: ["time", "date", "week", "month"]
    datatype: datetime
    sql: ${TABLE}.created ;;

  dimension: name {
    sql: ${TABLE}.name ;;

  dimension: quantity {
    type: number
    sql: ${TABLE}.quantity ;;

  measure: total_quantity {
    type: sum
    sql: ${TABLE}.quantity ;;


Full LookML support is far from complete right now. At the moment only very basic aspects of Views and Fields are supported and there is no support for Explores yet. However, it does cover the most common functionality, including Persistent Derived Tables. The code can easily be extended and we’d love to get pull requests to fill out additional functionality.


This package was created with Cookiecutter and the audreyr/cookiecutter-pypackage project template.


0.1.0 (2017-04-17)

  • First release on PyPI.

0.1.1 (2017-04-17)

  • Switch to lookmlgen for module name

0.1.2 (2017-04-18)

  • Move primary_key from Field to Dimension
  • Remove stub for command line use
  • Add docstrings

0.1.3 (2017-04-20)

  • Default sql parameter of fields to ${TABLE}.field_name

0.1.4 (2017-04-20)

  • Support sql_table_name
  • Add formatting option for alphabetical view fields or not

0.1.5 (2017-04-24)

  • Rename add_derived_table method to set_derived_table in View

0.1.7 (2017-06-20)

  • Added formatting option to omit timeframe generating params if they’re not set
  • Update pytest to 3.1.2, cryptography to 1.9, sphinx to 1.6.2

0.1.8 (2017-06-23)

  • Add a description parameter to fields

0.1.9 (2017-06-23)

  • Bug fix for extra newlines between field type sections

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