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dbt-fal adapter is the ✨easiest✨ way to run your dbt Python models.

Starting with dbt v1.3, you can now build your dbt models in Python. dbt-fal provides the best environment to run your Python models that works with all other data warehouses! With dbt-fal, you can:

  • Build and test your models locally
  • Isolate each model to run in its own environment with its own dependencies
  • [Coming Soon] Run your Python models in the ☁️ cloud ☁️ with elasticly scaling Python environments.
  • [Coming Soon] Even add GPUs to your models for some heavier workloads such as training ML models.

1. Install dbt-fal

pip install dbt-fal[bigquery, snowflake] Add your current warehouse here

2. Update your profiles.yml and add the fal adapter

target: dev_with_fal
type: fal
db_profile: dev_bigquery # This points to your main adapter
type: bigquery

Don't forget to point to your main adapter with the db_profile attribute. This is how the fal adapter knows how to connect to your data warehouse.

3. Run dbt

dbt run

That is it! It is really that simple 😊

4. Environment management with dbt-fal

If you want some help with environment management (vs sticking to the default env that the dbt process runs in), you can create a fal_project.yml in the same folder as your dbt project and have “named environments”:

In your dbt project folder:

$ touch fal_project.yml

# Paste the config below
- name: ml
type: venv
- prophet

and then in your dbt model:

$ vi models/

def model(dbt, fal):
dbt.config(fal_environment="ml") # Add this line

df: pd.DataFrame = dbt.ref("orders_daily")

The dbt.config(fal_environment=“ml”) will give you an isolated clean env to run things in, so you dont pollute your package space.