Upgrade OpenMetadata

Everytime that you plan on upgrading OpenMetadata to a newer version, make sure to go over all these steps:

Before upgrading your OpenMetadata version we strongly recommend backing up the metadata.

The source of truth is stored in the underlying database (MySQL and Postgres supported). During each version upgrade there is a database migration process that needs to run. It will directly attack your database and update the shape of the data to the newest OpenMetadata release.

It is important that we backup the data because if we face any unexpected issues during the upgrade process, you will be able to get back to the previous version without any loss.

You can learn more about how the migration process works here.

  • To run the backup and restore commands, please make sure that you are always in the latest openmetadata-ingestion version to have all the improvements shipped in the CLI.
  • Also, make sure you have connectivity between your database (MySQL / PostgreSQL) and the host machine where you will be running the below commands.

1. Create a Virtual Environment and Install the Backup CLI

Validate the installed metadata version with python -m metadata --version

2. Run the Backup

If using MySQL:

If using Postgres:

3. Store the backup file somewhere safe

The above command will generate a backup file with extension as .sql. You can copy the name from the backup command output.

Make sure to store it somewhere safe in case you need to restore the data later.

You can refer to the following guide to get more details about the backup and restore:

Releases might introduce deprecations and breaking changes that you should be aware of and understand before moving forward.

Below in this page you will find the details for the latest release, and you can find older release notes here.

The goal is to answer questions like:

  • Do I need to update my configurations?
  • If I am running connectors externally, did their service connection change?

Carefully reviewing this will prevent easy errors.

If you are running the ingestion workflows externally or using a custom Airflow installation, you need to make sure that the Python Client you use is aligned with the OpenMetadata server version.

For example, if you are upgrading the server to the version x.y.z, you will need to update your client with

The plugin parameter is a list of the sources that we want to ingest. An example would look like this openmetadata-ingestion[mysql,snowflake,s3]==1.1.5. You will find specific instructions for each connector here.

Moreover, if working with your own Airflow deployment - not the openmetadata-ingestion image - you will need to upgrade as well the openmetadata-managed-apis version:

OpenMetadata 1.1.5 is a stable release. Please check the release notes.

If you are upgrading production this is the recommended version to upgrade to.

  • The 1.1 Release will be the last one with support for Python 3.7 since it is already EOL. OpenMetadata 1.2 will support Python version 3.8 to 3.10.
  • In 1.2 we will completely remove the Bots configured with SSO. Only JWT will be available then. Please, upgrade your bots if you haven't done so. Note that the UI already does not allow creating bots with SSO.
  • 1.1 is the last release that will allow ingesting Impala from the Hive connector. In the next release we will only support the Impala scheme from the Impala Connector.

With 1.1.0 we are moving away from global.* helm values under openmetadata helm charts to openmetadata.config.*. This change is introduce as helm reserves global chart values across all the helm charts. This conflicted the use of OpenMetadata helm charts along with other helm charts for organizations using common helm values yaml files.

For example, with 1.0.X Application version Releases, helm values would look like below -

With OpenMetadata Application version 1.1.0 and above, the above config will need to be updated as

A quick and easy way to update the config is to use yq utility to manipulate YAML files.

The above command will update global.* with openmetadata.config.* yaml config. Please note, the above command is only recommended for users with custom helm values file explicit for OpenMetadata Helm Charts.

For more information, visit the official helm docs for global chart values.

Before running the migrations, it is important to update these parameters to ensure there are no runtime errors. A safe value would be setting them to 10MB.

If using MySQL

You can update it via SQL (note that it will reset after the server restarts):

To make the configuration persistent, you'd need to navigate to your MySQL Server install directory and update the my.ini or my.cnf files with sort_buffer_size = 10485760.

If using RDS, you will need to update your instance's Parameter Group to include the above change.

If using Postgres

You can update it via SQL (not that it will reset after the server restarts):

To make the configuration persistent, you'll need to update the postgresql.conf file with work_mem = 10MB.

If using RDS, you will need to update your instance's Parameter Group to include the above change.

We now support ES version up to 7.16. However, this means that we need to handle the internals a bit differently for Elasticsearch and OpenSearch. In the server configuration, we added the following key:

If you use Elasticsearch there's nothing to do. However, if you use OpenSearch, you will need to pass the new parameter as opensearch.

If reusing an old YAML configuration file, make sure to add the following inside pipelineServiceClientConfiguration:

If you are using the Secrets Manager and running ingestion via the CLI or Airflow, your workflow config looked as follows:

We are removing the secretsManagerCredentials key as a whole, so instead you'll need to configure:

You can find further details on this configuration here.

Following are the changes in the openmetadata.yaml which needs to be verified before going forward:

  1. Searchtype has been added in the elasticsearch configuration to choose between opensearch or elasticsearch:
  1. Migration configuration:
  1. Web Configuration:

Trino has deprecated the params property. The contents will automatically be passed to connectionOptions. We have added support for authType to distinguish between basicAuth and jwtAuth.

Adding IAM role support for their auth requires a slight change on their JSON Schemas:

If we want to use the basic authentication:

Or if we want to use the IAM auth:

Now support GitHub and BitBucket as repositories for LookML models.

We are renaming the gcsConfig to gcpConfig to properly define their role as generic Google Cloud configurations. This impacts BigQuery, Datalake and any other source where you are directly passing the GCP credentials to connect to.

  • Pipeline Entity: pipelineUrl and taskUrl fields of pipeline entity has now been renamed to sourceUrl.
  • Chart Entity: chartUrl field of chart entity has now been renamed to sourceUrl.
  • Dashboard Entity: dashboardUrl field of dashboard entity has now been renamed to sourceUrl.
  • Table Entity: sourceUrl field has been added to table entity which will refer to the url of data source portal (if exists). For instance, in the case of BigQuery, the sourceUrl field will store the URL to table details page in GCP BigQuery portal.
  • Glue now supports custom database names via databaseName.
  • Snowflake supports the clientSessionKeepAlive parameter to keep the session open for long processes.
  • Databricks now supports the useUnityCatalog parameter to extract the metadata from unity catalog instead of hive metastore.
  • Kafka and Redpanda now have the saslMechanism based on enum values ["PLAIN", "GSSAPI", "SCRAM-SHA-256", "SCRAM-SHA-512", "OAUTHBEARER"].
  • OpenMetadata Server Docker Image now installs the OpenMetadata Libraries under /opt/openmetadata directory
  • Bumped up ElasticSearch version for Docker and Kubernetes OpenMetadata Dependencies Helm Chart to 7.16.3
  • Bumped up PostgreSQL Database Container in Docker Compose quickstart to version 15
  • docker.getcollate.io/openmetadata/ingestion now uses Airflow version 2.5.3 as base image version
  • Bumped up Airflow Charts for Kubernetes OpenMetadata Dependencies Helm Chart to 7.6.1

With 1.1.0 version we are migrating existing test cases defined in a test suite to the corresponding table, with this change you might need to recreate the pipelines for the test suites, since due to this restructuring the existing ones are removed from Test Suites - more details about the new data quality can be found here.

As a user you will need to redeploy data quality workflows. You can go to Quality > By Tables to view the tables with test cases that need a workflow to be set up.

Once your metadata is safe, follow the required upgrade instructions: