By Scott Sugar on June 05, 2024

How to Setup Git in Microsoft Fabric Notebooks: Step-by-Step

Microsoft Fabric Notebooks offer a powerful environment for data analysis and transformation. But what if you need to leverage Git's version control capabilities for your DBT packages?  This step-by-step guide will equip you with the knowledge to set up Git in your Fabric Notebooks, enabling seamless collaboration and version control for your data pipelines.  By the end of this blog, you'll be ready to harness the power of Git within your Fabric Notebooks and unlock a new level of efficiency in your data transformation workflows.

Inspiration for this article came from here. The instructions there have been cleaned up for easier consumption in this blog.

In this blog, you will find: 

💻 How to Setup Git in Microsoft Fabric Notebooks

📈 Step 1: Ensure Your Workspace is Using Runtime 1.2

📄 Step 2: Create a .yml File

📨 Step 3: Load the .yml File Into Your Workspace

🔌 Step 4: Confirm Git is Working in Your Notebook

🏁 Conclusion

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How to Setup Git in Microsoft Fabric Notebooks

Step 1: Ensure Your Workspace is Using Runtime 1.2

1.  Go to your desired workspace.

2.  Click on “Workspace settings.”

3. Click on “Data Engineering/Science.

4. Click on “Spark compute.”

5. In the “Runtime Version” dropdown, select “1.2 (Spark 3.4, Delta 2.4).”

6. Click “Save.”

screenshot of Verify Fabric Notebook Runtime

Step 2: Create a .yml File

Open up notepad, paste in the following and save it as a .yml file on your local machine. 

name: Fabric1.2_GitWorkaround
- conda-forge
- defaults
- git

Step 3: Load The .yml File Into Your Workspace

1.  Go to your desired workspace (same one we confirmed is using Runtime 1.2).

2.  Click on “Workspace settings.”

3.  Click on “Data Engineering/Science.

4.  Click on “Library management.”

5.  Click on “Add from .yml.”

6.  Select the .yml file created above.

7.  Click “Merge” in the pop up.

8.  Click “Apply” and “Apply” again.

screenshot of Load YAML file into Fabric Notebook

This change will then process in the background - it can take 20-30 minutes.

Step 4: Confirm Git Is Working In Your Notebook

Place the following code into a new notebook in the desired workspace:

git --version

Output should look like this:

screenshot of how to Test Git Functionality in Fabric Notebook

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By following this guide, you've successfully unlocked the power of Git within your Microsoft Fabric Notebooks. This empowers you to collaborate seamlessly with your team and maintain a clear history of changes within your DBT packages, ultimately improving the efficiency and maintainability of your data transformation workflows.

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Published by Scott Sugar June 5, 2024