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Models are references to a database connection. They serve as the data model's reference to the warehouses itself. That connection to the database is referenced by the model's connection property, which references the name property of the credentials specified in the Zenlytic interface.

Models, like all files in Zenlytic, are YAML text files.


Models only have a few core properties:

type: (Required) The type of the file. For these model files is should always be model.

name: (Required) The name of the model. If you reference this model elsewhere this is the name you will use. Like all names, it follows Zenlytic naming conventions

label: The label of the model is what shows up to the end users of your data model. If not specified it defaults to the name of the model.

connection: (Required) This is the name of the database connection that is being referenced in Zenlytic. You will specify this name when you enter the database credentials in Zenlytic, and it follows Zenlytic's conventions for names

fiscal_month_offset: This controls the offset applied by Zenlytic to calculate "Fiscal" time frames. For example, if you set it to 1 then the fiscal_quarter will be set to start in February instead of January, which is the default. This takes any positive or negative integer. Default is 0.

week_start_day: This controls which day of the week Zenlytic assumes your definition of "Week" starts on. The default value is monday (which is standard across ISO dates).

timezone: This controls which timezone Zenlytic uses when querying dates and times from your database. Zenlytic will automatically change the timezone from the database timezone to the timezone you set here. The default is to make no change to the timezone found in the database.

default_convert_tz: This field sets the default value for convert_tz in each dimension group in this model. This defaults to true so if you set a timezone, it will be applied, unless you either set this value to false or set convert_tz: false on the field itself.

access_grants: This field is a list of access grants. You can use access grants to control what data users of Zenlytic are allowed to see and access.

mappings: Mappings equate fields that mean the same thing but are in different, un-joinable tables. For example, you might have a channel field on the orders table and a marketing_channel field on the marketing_spend table, and they represent the same thing and have the same values. You can set up a mapping that connects those two fields in Zenlytic and leaves only one option for the end users to select. Zenlytic will dynamically figure out which field it should use or if it needs to use both. Find out more about mappings in the join docs or in the example below.


Here is an example of a model that also sets a timezone for all queries to the database.

version: 1type: modelname: my_modelconnection: my_connectiontimezone: America/New_York

This is an example of an access grant defined in a model. In this case, this access grant could be reused in a view or in fields to limit viewing to only users who have the their department user attribute equal to "Marketing". This model also sets the week_start_day property which tells which day to start weeks on (the default is monday).

The mapping example here maps the marketing_spend.marketing_channel to the field so Zenlytic (and Zoë) know they are the same concept.

version: 1type: modelname: demoweek_start_day: sunday
# This defines the access grantaccess_grants:  - name: restrict_dept    user_attribute: department    allowed_values: ["Marketing"]
mappings:  channel:     fields: [marketing_spend.marketing_channel,]    group_label: "Acquisition" # This controls the header under which the mapped field shows up in the UI    description: "The channel the customer came to our site from"