If you're using the dbt CLI, you'll need to set up a profiles.yml file.

You can learn more about this in the article on Connecting to your warehouse.

This article lists the parts of your profiles.yml which are not database specific. Check out the article for your database for exact connection details.

partial_parse: <true | false>
use_colors: <true | false>
printer_width: <integer>
target: <target-name>
type: <bigquery | postgres | redshift | snowflake | other>
schema: <schema_identifier>
threads: <natural_number>
### database-specific connection details
<target-name>: # additional targets
<profile-name>: # additional profiles


partial_parse: true

See the docs on partial parsing for details on functionality. By default, partial_parse is set to false. To enable partial parsing for all dbt projects you run locally, specify partial_parse: true in your profiles.yml file:

You can also turn partial parsing on or off via command line flags. The CLI flags (--partial-parse or --no-partial-parse) will take precedence over the config set in profiles.yml.


By default, dbt will colorize the output it prints in your terminal. You can turn this off by adding the following to your profiles.yml file:

use_colors: False


By default, dbt will print out lines padded to 80 characters wide. You can change this setting by adding the following to your profiles.yml file:

printer_width: 120


We want to build the best version of dbt possible, and a crucial part of that is understanding how users work with dbt. To this end, we've added some simple event tracking to dbt (using Snowplow). We do not track credentials, model contents or model names (we consider these private, and frankly none of our business).

Usage statistics are fired when dbt is invoked and when models are run. These events contain basic platform information (OS + python version). You can see all the event definitions in

By default this is turned on – you can opt out of event tracking at any time by adding the following to your profiles.yml file:

send_anonymous_usage_stats: False