Dashboard Status Tiles

Overview

In dbt Cloud, the Metadata API can power Dashboard Status Tiles. A Dashboard Status Tile is placed on a dashboard (specifically: anywhere you can embed an iFrame) to give insight into the quality and freshness of the data feeding into that dashboard. This is done via dbt exposures.

Functionality

The dashboard status tile looks like this:

The data freshness check fails if any sources feeding into the exposure are stale. The data quality check fails if any dbt tests fail. A failure state could look like this:

Clicking into see details from the Dashboard Status Tile takes you to a landing page where you can learn more about the specific sources, models, and tests feeding into this exposure.

Setup

First, be sure to enable source freshness in the job that generates this exposure.

In order to set up your dashboard status tile, here is what you need:

  1. Metadata Token. You can learn how to set up a metadata only token here.

  2. Exposure name. You can learn more about how to set up exposures here.

  3. jobID. Remember that you can select your jobId directly from the URL when looking at the relevant job in dbt Cloud.

You can insert these three fields into the following iFrame, and then embed it anywhere that you can embed an iFrame:

<iframe src='https://metadata.cloud.getdbt.com/exposure-tile?name=<exposure_name>&jobId=<job_id>&token=<metadata_only_token>' title='Exposure Status Tile'></iframe>

Embedding with BI tools

The dashboard status tile should work anywhere you can embed an iFrame. But below are some tactical tips on how to integrate with common BI tools.

Mode

Mode allows you to directly edit the HTML of any given report, where you can embed the iFrame.

Note that Mode has also built their own integration with the dbt Cloud Metadata API!

Looker

Looker does not allow you to directly embed HTML, and instead requires creating a custom visualization. One way to do this for admins is to:

  • Add a new visualization on the visualization page for Looker admins. You can use this URL to configure a Looker visualization powered by the iFrame. It will look like this:

  • Once you have set up your custom visualization, you can use it on any dashboard! You can configure it with the exposure name, jobID, and token relevant to that dashboard.