Assets and Materializations

You can find the code for this example on Github.

Dagster solids often produce persistent assets which represent a result of some computation. In Dagster pipelines, these assets are often by-products or side-effects of a solid's computation, distinct from the Output returned by a solid. Dagster solids can describe these assets by yielding an AssetMaterialization event and attaching useful metadata.

AssetMaterialization events include an AssetKey, which serves as an organizational index across pipelines and runs. These materialized assets are represented in dagit under the Assets tab and cross-reference the pipelines and runs that generate them. This is useful not only for quickly viewing the status of an asset, but also for better understanding the relationship over time between the asset and the computation that created it.

This example sets up a pipeline that materializes an asset annotated with metadata, and builds that asset view in Dagit.
from dagster import (

@solid(config_schema={"num": Field(float, is_required=False, default_value=1.0)})
def source_float(context):
    return context.solid_config["num"]

def add_one_and_materialize(_, num):
    result = num + 1
    yield AssetMaterialization(
        description="Analytics dashboard for example pipeline",
        asset_key=AssetKey(["dashboards", "analytics_dashboard"]),
                "", "dashboard url"
            EventMetadataEntry.float(result, "numeric value"),

    # Because we are yielding a materialization event as well as an output, we need to explicitly
    # yield an `Output` instead of relying on the return value of the solid
    yield Output(result)

def materialization_pipeline():

def materializations_example_repo():
    return [materialization_pipeline]

Assets in Dagit

The Assets tab in Dagit is only enabled for instances configured with an "asset-aware" event log storage, such as PostgresEventLogStorage and ConsolidatedSqliteEventLogStorage. Here is an example of an asset-aware instance configuration.

  module: dagster.core.launcher
  class: DefaultRunLauncher

  class: ConsolidatedSqliteEventLogStorage
    base_dir: "/var/shared/dagster_home"

Please refer to our Instance Documentation for more information about configuring your Dagster instance.

Once the Dagster instance is configured with an asset-aware event log storage, after you run a pipeline which generates an asset, you'll find the asset listed on the Assets tab in Dagit. asset-page.png

You can also find the details about it by clicking the asset key of it. asset-details.png

Open in a playground

Open in Gitpod


curl | tar -xz --strip=2 dagster-master/examples/materializations
cd materializations