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Upgrading to 0.19.0


Breaking changes

For dbt users

Please be aware of the following changes in v0.19.0:

  1. dbt artifacts have a new schema. From here on, artifact schemas are officially versioned at Future breaking changes will be limited to minor version releases. Some dbt classes, such as the Result object, have associated breaking changes.
  2. Defer, a beta feature introduced in v0.18.0, has subtly changed to better support the "Slim CI" use case.
  3. The call statement block returns a structured response instead of a status string, though they print identically. If you previously accessed statement['status'] within a custom macro or materalization, you should now use statement['response'].

See the docs below for more details. We don't expect these to require action in most projects.


Removed support for config-version: 1 of dbt_project.yml, which was deprecated in v0.17.0. Use config-version: 2 in all projects and installed packages. Otherwise, dbt will raise an error. See docs on config-version and the v0.17.0 Migration Guide for details.

For dbt plugin maintainers

(You know who you are!)

Related to change #3 above: The results context and run_results.json artifact include a new unstructured dictionary called adapter_response. This reflects structured information returned by the database after dbt runs the "main" query for a model, seed, snapshot, etc.

By default, this dict accepts keys such as code (OK, SUCCESS, CREATE TABLE, etc) and rows_affected (integer). You can add custom arguments to reflect information specific to your adapter. For instance, dbt-bigquery populates an additional argument, bytes_processed.

As part of this change:

  • the SQLConnectionManager method get_status has been renamed to get_response
  • execute now returns a tuple instead of a string

See dbt#2961 for full implementation details. While adapter_response is not yet populated by tests or source freshness checks, we hope to add those in a future release (dbt#2964).

New and changed documentation


  • dbt Artifacts: The JSON artifacts produced by dbt—manifest, catalog, run results, and sources—are simpler to consume and more clearly documented.
  • dbt Classes, on-run-end Context: The Result object has a new schema, in line with changes to run_results.json.
  • Statement blocks: The call statement result status string is now a structured object named response.
  • Snapshots: If the config invalidate_hard_deletes is enabled, dbt snapshot will update records whose unique key no longer exist in the snapshot query. Should those uniquely identified records "revive," dbt snapshot will re-add them.
  • YAML selectors support a description property and record their expanded dictionary representations in the manifest.
  • Modules: The regex python module, re, is available in dbt's Jinja context.
  • parse: New command to parse a dbt project and write detailed timing info.


  • About state: New docs outlining the conceptual background of state-informed runs, as well as the known caveats for state comparison. In v0.19.0, dbt is a little bit smarter at identifying state:modified "false positives" that previously resulted from env-based configurations in dbt_project.
  • Defer has changed: Instead of deferring all unselected node references, dbt now defers an unselected node reference if and only if it does not exist in the current environment. Tests can defer their upstream references as well. This better supports the "Slim CI" use case by addressing the current environment's resources across seed, run, and test steps.
  • RPC: Added state and defer as arguments to RPC methods for which it is supported on the CLI.


  • BigQuery profile: dbt can connect via OAuth tokens (one-time or refresh), and it can use the default project when connecting via gcloud oauth.
  • Hourly, monthly and yearly partitions: With a new granularity attribute of the partition_by config, dbt can materialize models as tables partitioned by hour, month, or year.


  • Spark profile: The thrift and http connection methods require installation of a PyHive extra.