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Run the Unity Catalog Connector Externally

FeatureStatus
StagePROD
Metadata
Query Usage
Data Profiler
Data Quality
Stored Procedures
Owners
Tags
DBT
Supported VersionsDatabricks Runtime Version 9+
FeatureStatus
Lineage
Table-level
Column-level

In this section, we provide guides and references to use the Unity Catalog connector.

Configure and schedule Unity Catalog metadata workflow from the OpenMetadata UI:

To run the Ingestion via the UI you'll need to use the OpenMetadata Ingestion Container, which comes shipped with custom Airflow plugins to handle the workflow deployment.

If, instead, you want to manage your workflows externally on your preferred orchestrator, you can check the following docs to run the Ingestion Framework anywhere.

OpenMetadata 0.12 or later

To deploy OpenMetadata, check the Deployment guides.

To run the Unity Catalog ingestion, you will need to install:

All connectors are defined as JSON Schemas. Here you can find the structure to create a connection to Databricks.

In order to create and run a Metadata Ingestion workflow, we will follow the steps to create a YAML configuration able to connect to the source, process the Entities if needed, and reach the OpenMetadata server.

The workflow is modeled around the following JSON Schema

This is a sample config for Unity Catalog:

catalog: Catalog of the data source(Example: hive_metastore). This is optional parameter, if you would like to restrict the metadata reading to a single catalog. When left blank, OpenMetadata Ingestion attempts to scan all the catalog.

databaseSchema: DatabaseSchema of the data source. This is optional parameter, if you would like to restrict the metadata reading to a single databaseSchema. When left blank, OpenMetadata Ingestion attempts to scan all the databaseSchema.

hostPort: Enter the fully qualified hostname and port number for your Databricks deployment in the Host and Port field.

token: Generated Token to connect to Databricks.

httpPath: Databricks compute resources URL.

connectionTimeout: The maximum amount of time (in seconds) to wait for a successful connection to the data source. If the connection attempt takes longer than this timeout period, an error will be returned.

The sourceConfig is defined here:

markDeletedTables: To flag tables as soft-deleted if they are not present anymore in the source system.

includeTables: true or false, to ingest table data. Default is true.

includeViews: true or false, to ingest views definitions.

databaseFilterPattern, schemaFilterPattern, tableFilterPattern: Note that the filter supports regex as include or exclude. You can find examples here

To send the metadata to OpenMetadata, it needs to be specified as type: metadata-rest.

The main property here is the openMetadataServerConfig, where you can define the host and security provider of your OpenMetadata installation.

Logger Level

You can specify the loggerLevel depending on your needs. If you are trying to troubleshoot an ingestion, running with DEBUG will give you far more traces for identifying issues.

JWT Token

JWT tokens will allow your clients to authenticate against the OpenMetadata server. To enable JWT Tokens, you will get more details here.

You can refer to the JWT Troubleshooting section link for any issues in your JWT configuration.

SSL Configuration

If you have added SSL to the OpenMetadata server, then you will need to handle the certificates when running the ingestion too. You can either set verifySSL to ignore, or have it as validate, which will require you to set the sslConfig.certificatePath with a local path where your ingestion runs that points to the server certificate file.

Find more information on how to troubleshoot SSL issues here.

Connection Options (Optional): Enter the details for any additional connection options that can be sent to Athena during the connection. These details must be added as Key-Value pairs.

Connection Arguments (Optional): Enter the details for any additional connection arguments such as security or protocol configs that can be sent to Athena during the connection. These details must be added as Key-Value pairs.

  • In case you are using Single-Sign-On (SSO) for authentication, add the authenticator details in the Connection Arguments as a Key-Value pair as follows: "authenticator" : "sso_login_url"
filename.yaml

First, we will need to save the YAML file. Afterward, and with all requirements installed, we can run:

Note that from connector to connector, this recipe will always be the same. By updating the YAML configuration, you will be able to extract metadata from different sources.

The Query Usage workflow will be using the query-parser processor.

After running a Metadata Ingestion workflow, we can run Query Usage workflow. While the serviceName will be the same to that was used in Metadata Ingestion, so the ingestion bot can get the serviceConnection details from the server.

This is a sample config for BigQuery Usage:

You can find all the definitions and types for the sourceConfig here.

queryLogDuration: Configuration to tune how far we want to look back in query logs to process usage data.

stageFileLocation: Temporary file name to store the query logs before processing. Absolute file path required.

resultLimit: Configuration to set the limit for query logs

queryLogFilePath: Configuration to set the file path for query logs

To specify where the staging files will be located.

Note that the location is a directory that will be cleaned at the end of the ingestion.

The main property here is the openMetadataServerConfig, where you can define the host and security provider of your OpenMetadata installation.

Logger Level

You can specify the loggerLevel depending on your needs. If you are trying to troubleshoot an ingestion, running with DEBUG will give you far more traces for identifying issues.

JWT Token

JWT tokens will allow your clients to authenticate against the OpenMetadata server. To enable JWT Tokens, you will get more details here.

You can refer to the JWT Troubleshooting section link for any issues in your JWT configuration.

SSL Configuration

If you have added SSL to the OpenMetadata server, then you will need to handle the certificates when running the ingestion too. You can either set verifySSL to ignore, or have it as validate, which will require you to set the sslConfig.certificatePath with a local path where your ingestion runs that points to the server certificate file.

Find more information on how to troubleshoot SSL issues here.

filename.yaml

After saving the YAML config, we will run the command the same way we did for the metadata ingestion:

You can learn more about how to ingest lineage here.

You can learn more about how to ingest dbt models' definitions and their lineage here.