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How to configure an Expectation store to use PostgreSQL

By default, newly profiled Expectations are stored in JSON format in the expectations/ subdirectory of your great_expectations/ folder. This guide will help you configure Great Expectations to store them in a PostgreSQL database.

Prerequisites: This how-to guide assumes you have:


  1. Configure the config_variables.yml file with your database credentials

    We recommend that database credentials be stored in the config_variables.yml file, which is located in the uncommitted/ folder by default, and is not part of source control. The following lines add database credentials under the key db_creds. Additional options for configuring the config_variables.yml file or additional environment variables can be found here.

    db_creds:    drivername: postgres    host: '<your_host_name>'    port: '<your_port>'    username: '<your_username>'    password: '<your_password>'    database: '<your_database_name>'
  1. Identify your Data Context Expectations Store

    In your great_expectations.yml , look for the following lines. The configuration tells Great Expectations to look for Expectations in a store called expectations_store. The base_directory for expectations_store is set to expectations/ by default.

    expectations_store_name: expectations_store
    stores:    expectations_store:        class_name: ExpectationsStore        store_backend:            class_name: TupleFilesystemStoreBackend            base_directory: expectations/
  1. Update your configuration file to include a new store for Expectations on PostgreSQL

    In our case, the name is set to expectations_postgres_store, but it can be any name you like. We also need to make some changes to the store_backend settings. The class_name will be set to DatabaseStoreBackend, and credentials will be set to ${db_creds}, which references the corresponding key in the config_variables.yml file.

    expectations_store_name: expectations_postgres_store
    stores:    expectations_postgres_store:        class_name: ExpectationsStore        store_backend:            class_name: DatabaseStoreBackend            credentials: ${db_creds}
  1. Confirm that the new Expectations store has been added by running great_expectations --v3-api store list

    Notice the output contains two Expectation stores: the original expectations_store on the local filesystem and the expectations_postgres_store we just configured. This is ok, since Great Expectations will look for Expectations in PostgreSQL as long as we set the expectations_store_name variable to expectations_postgres_store, which we did in the previous step. The config for expectations_store can be removed if you would like.

    great_expectations --v3-api store list
    - name: expectations_storeclass_name: ExpectationsStorestore_backend:    class_name: TupleFilesystemStoreBackend    base_directory: expectations/
    - name: expectations_postgres_storeclass_name: ExpectationsStorestore_backend:    class_name: DatabaseStoreBackend    credentials:        database: '<your_db_name>'        drivername: postgresql        host: '<your_host_name>'        password: ******        port: '<your_port>'        username: '<your_username>'
  1. Create a new Expectation Suite by running great_expectations --v3-api suite new

    This command prompts you to create and name a new Expectation Suite and to select a sample batch of data for the Suite to describe. Behind the scenes, Great Expectations will create a new table in your database called ge_expectations_store, and populate the fields expectation_suite_name and value with information from the newly created Expectation Suite.

    If you follow the prompts and create an Expectation Suite called exp1, you can expect to see output similar to the following :

    great_expectations --v3-api suite new
    #  ...
    Name the new Expectation Suite: exp1
    Great Expectations will choose a couple of columns and generate expectations about themto demonstrate some examples of assertions you can make about your data.
    Great Expectations will store these expectations in a new Expectation Suite 'exp1' here:
    #  ...
  1. Confirm that Expectations can be accessed from PostgreSQL by running great_expectations --v3-api suite list

    The output should include the Expectation Suite we created in the previous step: exp1.

    great_expectations --v3-api suite list
    1 Expectation Suites found: - exp1

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