Building and Configuring Artifacts

dbt Cloud Artifacts

When dbt Cloud runs dbt jobs, it generates and saves artifacts. These artifacts, like manifest.json, catalog.json, and sources.json are used to power different aspects of dbt Cloud, namely: dbt Docs and source freshness reporting.

While every dbt Cloud job will produce artifacts, typically there is only one production job for a given project. If you select a production job on the Project Settings page, dbt Cloud will render links to the production Documentation and Source Freshness artifacts generated for that project in the nav sidebar.

Configuring Artifacts

Configuring Artifacts

Documentation

Once a job has been selected from the Documentation drop-down menu in your project settings, dbt Cloud's left-hand navbar will update to include a link to documentation for this job. This link will always point to the latest version of the documentation for your account!

A link to the latest documentation for the selected job

A link to the latest documentation for the selected job

Source Freshness

As with Documentation, configuring a job for the Source Freshness artifact setting will update dbt Cloud's left-hand navbar to include a link to the latest Source Freshness report for the selected job.

A link to the latest source freshness snapshot for the selected job

A link to the latest source freshness snapshot for the selected job