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dbt Core Part 3 - Setting Up dbt on Shipyard

In part 3 of this guide, we will move into Shipyard to deploy dbt Core in the cloud. First, we will need to create a free developer account for Shipyard. After we have a developer account, we will create a Blueprint that can run dbt Core commands.

Create Shipyard Developer Account​

  1. Navigate to Shipyard's sign-up page.

  1. Sign up with your email address and organization name.
  2. Connect to your GitHub account by following this guide. After connecting your GitHub account, you'll be ready to create your first Blueprint.

Creating dbt Core Blueprint​

  1. On the sidebar of Shipyard's website, click Blueprints.
  2. Click Add Blueprint on the top right of your page.
  3. Select Python.

Setting Blueprint Inputs​

  1. Under Blueprint variables, click Add Variable.
  2. Under Display Name, enter dbt CLI Command.
  3. Under Reference Name, enter dbt_command.
  4. Under Default Value, enter dbt run.
  5. Click the check box for required.
  6. Under Placeholder, enter Enter the command for dbt.
  7. Click Next

Connect to your dbt Code​

  1. Click Git.

  1. Select the repository where your dbt files sit.
  2. Click the source that you want the files pulled from. Generally main or master.
  3. Under File to Run, enter
  4. Under Git Clone Location, select the option for Unpack into Current Working Directory.
  5. Click Next Step on the bottom right of the screen.

Add Requirements​

  1. Next to Environment Variable, click the plus sign 3 times to add 3 new environment variables.

The environment variables that need to be added will vary based on the cloud database that you use. Please select your database below.


If a value is wrapped in {} this means that you need to update this with a value that's unique to your situation:

Variable NameValue
  1. Click the plus sign next to Python Packages twice to add two new packages.
  1. In the first Name field, enter dbt-bigquery. In the version field, enter ==1.0.0.
  1. Click Next.

Blueprint Settings​

  1. Under Bluprint Name, enter dbt - Execute CLI Command.
  2. Under Synopsis, enter This Blueprint runs a dbt core command.
  3. Click Save & Finish.
  4. On the success screen, click Use this Blueprint. This will take you over to the Fleet Builder.

Build dbt Core Fleet​

The Fleet Builder will now be visible with one Vessel located inside of the Fleet, built using your new dbt - Execute CLI Command Blueprint. On the left-hand side of your screen, you'll see the settings for the Vessel.

  1. Under Vessel Name, enter dbt Core CLI Command.
  2. Under dbt CLI Command, enter dbt debug.
  3. Click the gear on the sidebar to open Fleet Settings.

  1. Under Fleet Name, enter dbt Core.
  2. Click Save & Finish on the bottom right of your screen. This will take you to a page showing that your Fleet was created successfully.

Run dbt Core Fleet​

  1. Click Run Your Fleet. This will take you over to the live running Fleet Log.

  1. Click on the bar to get the output from your run.

If you scroll to the top of the output, you will see that the environment variables that were put in during the Blueprint creation process are hidden from the user.

If dbt debug succeeds, we are ready to move into part three of the guide. If it fails, please go back to the steps above and make sure everything is setup correctly. Feel free to send an Intercom message to us at anytime using the widget on the bottom right of the Shipyard application.