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Refresh a Mode dashboard when a job completes



    This guide will teach you how to refresh a Mode dashboard when a dbt Cloud job has completed successfully and there is fresh data available. The integration will:

    • Receive a webhook notification in Zapier
    • Trigger a refresh of a Mode report

    Although we are using the Mode API for a concrete example, the principles are readily transferrable to your tool of choice.


    In order to set up the integration, you should have familiarity with:

    Create a new Zap in Zapier

    Use Webhooks by Zapier as the Trigger, and Catch Raw Hook as the Event. If you don't intend to validate the authenticity of your webhook (not recommended!) then you can choose Catch Hook instead.

    Press Continue, then copy the webhook URL.

    Screenshot of the Zapier UI, showing the webhook URL ready to be copied

    Configure a new webhook in dbt Cloud

    See Create a webhook subscription for full instructions. Your event should be Run completed, and you need to change the Jobs list to only contain any jobs whose completion should trigger a report refresh.

    Make note of the Webhook Secret Key for later.

    Once you've tested the endpoint in dbt Cloud, go back to Zapier and click Test Trigger, which will create a sample webhook body based on the test event dbt Cloud sent.

    The sample body's values are hard-coded and not reflective of your project, but they give Zapier a correctly-shaped object during development.

    Store secrets

    In the next step, you will need the Webhook Secret Key from the prior step, and a dbt Cloud user token or service account token, as well as a Mode API token and secret.

    Zapier allows you to store secrets, which prevents your keys from being displayed in plaintext in the Zap code. You will be able to access them via the StoreClient utility.

    This guide assumes the names for the secret keys are: DBT_WEBHOOK_KEY, MODE_API_TOKEN, and MODE_API_SECRET. If you are using different names, make sure you update all references to them in the sample code.

    This guide uses a short-lived code action to store the secrets, but you can also use a tool like Postman to interact with the REST API or create a separate Zap and call the Set Value Action.

    a. Create a Storage by Zapier connection

    If you haven't already got one, go to and create a new connection. Remember the UUID secret you generate for later.

    b. Add a temporary code step

    Choose Run Python as the Event. Run the following code:

    store = StoreClient('abc123') #replace with your UUID secret
    store.set('DBT_WEBHOOK_KEY', 'abc123') #replace with your dbt Cloud API token
    store.set('MODE_API_TOKEN', 'abc123') #replace with your Mode API Token
    store.set('MODE_API_SECRET', 'abc123') #replace with your Mode API Secret

    Test the step. You can delete this Action when the test succeeds. The key will remain stored as long as it is accessed at least once every three months.

    Add a code action

    Select Code by Zapier as the App, and Run Python as the Event.

    In the Set up action area, add two items to Input Data: raw_body and auth_header. Map those to the 1. Raw Body and 1. Headers Http Authorization fields from the Catch Raw Hook step above.

    Screenshot of the Zapier UI, showing the mappings of raw_body and auth_header

    In the Code field, paste the following code, replacing YOUR_SECRET_HERE in the StoreClient constructor with the secret you created when setting up the Storage by Zapier integration (not your dbt Cloud secret), and setting the account_username and report_token variables to actual values.

    The code below will validate the authenticity of the request, then send a run report command to the Mode API for the given report token.

    import hashlib
    import hmac
    import json

    #replace with the report token you want to run
    account_username = 'YOUR_MODE_ACCOUNT_USERNAME_HERE'
    report_token = 'YOUR_REPORT_TOKEN_HERE'

    auth_header = input_data['auth_header']
    raw_body = input_data['raw_body']

    # Access secret credentials
    secret_store = StoreClient('YOUR_SECRET_HERE')
    hook_secret = secret_store.get('DBT_WEBHOOK_KEY')
    username = secret_store.get('MODE_API_TOKEN')
    password = secret_store.get('MODE_API_SECRET')

    # Validate the webhook came from dbt Cloud
    signature ='utf-8'), raw_body.encode('utf-8'), hashlib.sha256).hexdigest()

    if signature != auth_header:
    raise Exception("Calculated signature doesn't match contents of the Authorization header. This webhook may not have been sent from dbt Cloud.")

    full_body = json.loads(raw_body)
    hook_data = full_body['data']

    if hook_data['runStatus'] == "Success":

    # Create a report run with the Mode API
    url = f'{account_username}/reports/{report_token}/run'

    params = {
    'parameters': {
    "user_id": 123,
    "location": "San Francisco"
    headers = {
    'Content-Type': 'application/json',
    'Accept': 'application/hal+json'
    response =
    auth=HTTPBasicAuth(username, password)


    Test and deploy

    You can iterate on the Code step by modifying the code and then running the test again. When you're happy with it, you can publish your Zap.