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Connector Metadata.yaml File

The metadata.yaml file is a new addition to Airbyte's connector folders. This file is created with the goal of simplifying and enhancing how we manage information related to each connector. It is designed to replace the previous source_definitions.yaml and destinations_definitions.yaml files.

The metadata.yaml file contains crucial information about the connector, including its type, definition ID, Docker image tag, Docker repository, and much more. It plays a key role in the way Airbyte handles connector data and improves the overall organization and accessibility of this data.


Below is an example of a metadata.yaml file for the Postgres source:

- ${host}
- ${tunnel_method.tunnel_host}
connectorSubtype: database
connectorType: source
definitionId: decd338e-5647-4c0b-adf4-da0e75f5a750
dockerImageTag: 2.0.28
maxSecondsBetweenMessages: 7200
dockerRepository: airbyte/source-postgres
githubIssueLabel: source-postgres
icon: postgresql.svg
license: MIT
name: Postgres
- language:java
- language:python
dockerRepository: airbyte/source-postgres-strict-encrypt
enabled: true
enabled: true
releaseStage: generally_available
metadataSpecVersion: "1.0"

The registries Section

The registries section within the metadata.yaml file plays a vital role in determining the contents of the oss_registry.json and cloud_registry.json files.

This section contains two subsections: cloud and oss (Open Source Software). Each subsection contains details about the specific registry, such as the Docker repository associated with it and whether it's enabled or not.


Here's how the registries section is structured in our previous metadata.yaml example:

dockerRepository: airbyte/source-postgres-strict-encrypt
enabled: true
enabled: true

In this example, both cloud and oss registries are enabled, and the Docker repository for the cloud registry is overrode to airbyte/source-postgres-strict-encrypt.

Updating Registries

When the metadata.yaml file is updated, this data is automatically uploaded to Airbyte's metadata service. This service then generates the publicly available oss_registry.json and cloud_registry.json registries based on the information provided in the registries section.

For instance, if a connector is listed as enabled: true under the oss section, it will be included in the oss_registry.json file. Similarly, if it's listed as enabled: true under the cloud section, it will be included in the cloud_registry.json file.

Thus, the registries section in the metadata.yaml file provides a flexible and organized way to manage which connectors are included in each registry.

The tags Section

The tags field is an optional part of the metadata.yaml file. It is designed to provide additional context about a connector and improve the connector's discoverability. This field can contain any string, making it a flexible tool for adding additional details about a connector.

In the metadata.yaml file, tags is a list that may contain any number of string elements. Each element in the list is a separate tag. For instance:

- "language:java"
- "keyword:database"
- "keyword:SQL"

In the example above, the connector has three tags. Tags are used for two primary purposes in Airbyte:

  1. Denoting the Programming Language(s): Tags that begin with language: are used to specify the programming languages that are utilized by the connector. This information is auto-generated by a script that scans the connector's files for recognized programming languages. In the example above, language:java means that the connector uses Java.

  2. Keywords for Searching: Tags that begin with keyword: are used to make the connector more discoverable by adding searchable terms related to it. In the example above, the tags keyword:database and keyword:SQL can be used to find this connector when searching for database or SQL.

These are just examples of how tags can be used. As a free-form field, the tags list can be customized as required for each connector. This flexibility allows tags to be a powerful tool for managing and discovering connectors.