Add a Databricks connection

Configuring OAuth

If you need to use OAuth with Databricks, you must configure OAuth in Microsoft Azure. For details, see OAuth for a Databricks connection or Configure OAuth with AAD for a Databricks connection.

Adding a Databricks connection

To connect to Databricks:

  1. Select Data in the top navigation bar.

  2. Open the Connections tab in the left navigation bar, and select the Others tile. Alternatively, select + Create new in the left navigation bar, select Connection, and select the Databricks tile.

  3. Create a name for your connection, a description (optional), then select the Databricks connection type, and select Continue.

    Add a Databricks connection
  4. Enter the connection details for your Databricks data source using Service Account, OAuth, or OAuth with PKCE.

    Connection details

    For Service Account authentication, do the following:

    • Enter Host, HTTP Path, User, Password, and Catalog (optional).

      For OAuth authentication, do the following:

      • Enter Host, HTTP Path, OAuth Client ID, OAuth Client Secret, Scope, Auth URL, Access token URL, and Catalog (optional).

    For OAuth authentication with PKCE, do the following:

    • Enter Host, HTTP Path, OAuth Client ID, OAuth Client Secret (optional), Scope, Auth URL, Access token URL, and Catalog (optional).

    Refer to the Databricks connection reference for more information on each of the specific attributes you must enter for your connection.

  5. (Optional) Provide additional key-value pairs that you need to set up your connection to Databricks or customize additional JDBC parameters supported by Databricks, by doing the following:

    • Select the Advanced Config menu to reveal the Key and Value fields. Refer to the installation and configuration guide that comes with the Databricks JDBC driver for information on Databricks’s supported keys and values.

    • Enter your key and value information.

    • To add more keys and values, select the plus sign (+), and enter them.

      Any key-value pairs that you enter must be defined in your Databricks data source. Key-value pairs are case-sensitive.
  6. Select Continue.

  7. Select tables (on the left) and the columns from each table (on the right), and then choose Create connection.

    Select tables and columns for your connection

    A message appears indicating the number of tables and columns that will be added to your connection.

  8. Select Confirm.

After you add the connection, you can search your Databricks database.

The "Connection created" screen

Your new connection appears on the Data > Connections page. Select the name of your connection to view the tables and columns in your connection.

The connection you just created is a link to the external data source. If there are any joins in the selected tables of the external data source, those are imported into ThoughtSpot.

You can now perform a live query on the selected tables and columns of your connection. Because the selected tables and columns in your connection are linked, it may take a while to initially render the search results. This is because ThoughtSpot does not cache linked data. With linked data, ThoughtSpot queries the external database directly, which is slower than querying data that is stored in ThoughtSpot’s database.

You can modify a Databricks connection in the following ways:

See the Connection reference for details of connection parameters.

Share a connection

Users with can manage data or admin privileges can share connections with other users or groups that have can manage data privileges. Once granted access to a connection, users can add, remove, and modify tables in that connection.

To share a connection with another user, follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to the Data tab and select Connections.

  2. Select the checkbox next to the name of the connection you want to share, and click Share.

  3. In the Share connection dialog, enter the ID of the user or group you want to share the connection with. You can use the search bar to find the user or group.

  4. Select Done.

Note that to remove share access from a connection, you must navigate to the Share connection dialog and select Remove access to the left of the user group or name.

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