The dbt Integrated Development Environment (IDE) is a single interface for building, testing, running, and version controlling dbt projects. We encourage you to use the IDE and share your feedback with the dbt Cloud team.
- The dbt IDE is powered by the dbt Server which has been overhauled in dbt v0.15.0. In order to use the IDE, your dbt project must be compatible with dbt v0.15.0.
- To use the IDE, you must have a Developer License in dbt Cloud.
- Write access must be enabled for your dbt repository in dbt Cloud. See Connecting your GitHub Account and Importing a project by git URL for detailed setup instructions.
Creating a development environment
New dbt Cloud accounts will automatically be created with a Development Environment for the project created during setup. If you have an existing dbt Cloud account, you may need to create a Development Environment manually to use the dbt IDE.
To create a Development Environment, navigate to the Environments page for your Project and click the "New Environment" button.
To create a Development Environment, change the environment "type" to "development". Enter a name like "Dev" for the environment to help identify it amongst your other environments. Finally, click "Save" to finish creating your Development Environment.
Setting up developer credentials
The IDE uses developer credentials to connect to your database. These developer credentials should be specific to your user. They should not be super user credentials, or the same credentials that you use for your production deployment of dbt.
New dbt Cloud accounts should have developer credentials created automatically as a part of Project creation in the initial application setup.
Existing accounts may not have development credentials configured already. To manage your development credentials, navigate to your Profile in dbt Cloud and find the relevant Project under the Credentials header. After entering your developer credentials, you'll be able to access the dbt IDE.
Compiling and running SQL
This video explores entering the IDE and compiling and running SQL for a dbt project.
Running dbt projects
This video explores running dbt projects in the dbt IDE. For a full list of the commands that can be run in the IDE, consult the dbt Command reference.
This videos explores version controlling changes to dbt projects with git in the dbt IDE.