Databricks SQL Dashboards Guide: Tips and Tricks to Master Them

Canadian Data Guy
3 min readSep 15

Welcome to the world of Databricks SQL Dashboards! You're in the right place if you want to learn how to go beyond just building visualizations and add some tricks to your arsenal. This guide will walk you through creating, managing, and optimizing your Databricks SQL dashboards.

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1. Getting Started with Viewing and Organizing Dashboards:

  • Accessing Your Dashboards: Navigate to the workspace browser and click “Workspace” in the sidebar. By default, your dashboards will appear in the Home folder. Alternatively, click on “Dashboards” in the sidebar.
  • Organizing Dashboards: They are sorted in reverse chronological order, but you can reorder them by clicking column headings. Starting July 10, 2023, Databricks will migrate all SQL content to the workspace browser, so ensure your dashboards are in order!

2. Tags are your friend

  • Organization: Tags allow users to categorize and organize their SQL objects, such as queries, dashboards, and visualizations. This makes finding and managing these objects easier, especially in large environments. Some good tag examples are customers, departments, projects, environments, etc.
  • Access Control: Tags can be used in conjunction with access control policies. By tagging SQL objects, administrators can define fine-grained access controls based on these tags, ensuring that only authorized users can access or modify specific resources.
  • Cost Allocation: Databricks allow you to track cloud costs associated with running queries. By tagging SQL queries or jobs, organizations can allocate costs to specific departments, projects, or teams, providing better visibility into resource consumption.

3. Cloning: Replicating Success:

  • If you’ve created a dashboard you’re particularly proud of, clone it! Ensure you have the necessary permissions; thenew dashboard will list you as its owner. Note: Sharing settings, alerts, and subscriptions won’t be copied to the new dashboard.

4. Harnessing the Power of Query Parameters:

  • Parameter Types: Your queries can…
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