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Install with pip

You need to use pip to install dbt Core on Windows or Linux operating systems. You can use pip or Homebrew for installing dbt Core on a MacOS.

You can install dbt Core and plugins using pip because they are Python modules distributed on PyPI. We recommend using virtual environments when installing with pip.


Once you know which adapter you're using, you can install it as dbt-<adapter>. For example, if using Postgres:

pip install dbt-postgres

This will install dbt-core and dbt-postgres only:

$ dbt --version
installed version: 1.0.0
latest version: 1.0.0

Up to date!

- postgres: 1.0.0

All adapters build on top of dbt-core. Some also depend on other adapters: for example, dbt-redshift builds on top of dbt-postgres. In that case, you would see those adapters included by your specific installation, too.

Upgrade adapters

To upgrade a specific adapter plugin:

pip install --upgrade dbt-<adapter>

Install dbt-core only

If you're building a tool that integrates with dbt Core, you may want to install the core library alone, without a database adapter. Note that you won't be able to use dbt as a CLI tool.

pip install dbt-core

Change dbt Core versions

You can upgrade or downgrade versions of dbt Core by using the --upgrade option on the command line (CLI). For more information, see Best practices for upgrading in Core versions.

To upgrade dbt to the latest version:

pip install --upgrade dbt-core

To downgrade to an older version, specify the version you want to use. This command can be useful when you're resolving package dependencies. As an example:

pip install --upgrade dbt-core==0.19.0

pip install dbt

Note that, as of v1.0.0, pip install dbt is no longer supported and will raise an explicit error. Since v0.13, the PyPI package named dbt was a simple "pass-through" of dbt-core and the four original database adapter plugins. For v1, we formalized that split.

If you have workflows or integrations that relied on installing the package named dbt, you can achieve the same behavior going forward by installing the same five packages that it used:

pip install \
dbt-core \
dbt-postgres \
dbt-redshift \
dbt-snowflake \
dbt-bigquery \

Or, better yet, just install the package(s) you need!