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statement blocks

statements are sql queries that hit the database and return results to your Jinja context. Here’s an example of a statement which gets all of the states from a users table.

{%- call statement('states', fetch_result=True) -%}

select distinct state from {{ ref('users') }}

{%- endcall -%}

The signature of the statement block looks like this:

statement(name=None, fetch_result=False, auto_begin=True)


  • name (string): The name for the result set returned by this statement
  • fetch_result (bool): If True, load the results of the statement into the Jinja context
  • auto_begin (bool): If True, open a transaction if one does not exist. If false, do not open a transaction.

Once the statement block has executed, the result set is accessible via the load_result function. The result object includes three keys:

  • response: Structured object containing metadata returned from the database, which varies by adapter. E.g. success code, number of rows_affected, total bytes_processed, etc. Comparable to adapter_response in the Result object.
  • data: Pythonic representation of data returned by query (arrays, tuples, dictionaries).
  • table: Agate table representation of data returned by query.

For the above statement, that could look like:

{%- set states = load_result('states') -%}
{%- set states_data = states['data'] -%}
{%- set states_status = states['response'] -%}

The contents of the returned data field is a matrix. It contains a list rows, with each row being a list of values returned by the database. For the above example, this data structure might look like:

>>> log(states_data)

Volatile API

While the statement and load_result setup works for now, we intend to improve this interface in the future. If you have questions or suggestions, please let us know in GitHub or on Slack.