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How to Connect to Snowflake Using JWT Authentication

The following article describes how to configure Snowflake using JWT authentication.


Create a Snowflake connection following the instructions in Relational Database Connection, steps Create a source and Add a connection.

Add credentials

  1. Select Add Credentials.

  2. In Credentials type, select Username and password.

  3. Provide the following:

    • Username: The username for the data source.

    • Password: Leave this field empty.

  4. If you want to use this set of credentials by default when connecting to the data source, select Set as default.

    One set of credentials must be set as default for each connection. Otherwise, monitoring and DQ evaluation fail, and previewing data in the catalog is not possible.

Add driver properties

Alternatively, you can set additional driver properties as parameters in the JDBC connection string when setting up the connection. For example, &authenticator=snowflake_jwt.

  1. Select Add Driver Property.

  2. Provide the following:

    • Driver property name: authenticator.

    • Driver property type: Value.

    • Value: snowflake_jwt.

  3. Select Add Driver Property.

  4. Provide the following:

    • Driver property name: private_key_file.

    • Driver property type: File.

    • Encrypted: Select this option.

    • In Content, upload your private key.

Test the connection

To test and verify whether the data source connection has been correctly configured, select Test Connection.

If the connection is successful, continue with the following step. Otherwise, verify that your configuration is correct and that the data source is running.

Save and publish

Once you have configured your connection, save and publish your changes. If you provided all the required information, the connection is now available for other users in the application.

In case your configuration is missing required fields, you can view a list of detected errors instead. Review your configuration and resolve the issues before continuing.

Next steps

You can now browse and profile assets from your connection.

In Knowledge Catalog > Sources, find and open the source you just configured. Switch to the Connections tab and select Document. Alternatively, opt for Import or Discover documentation flows.

Or, to import or profile only some assets, select Browse on the Connections tab. Choose the assets you want to analyze and then the appropriate profiling option.

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