How to add options

πŸ€“ Who can do this? You must be an admin user in Atlan to create options for custom metadata properties.

Options in Atlan stand for enumerations or enumerated data types. Options allow you to create your own set of predefined and related values. Once you've created your options, you can add them to your custom metadata properties to ensure consistency of usage across the organization.


Imagine that you would like to denote values for the data quality level of your metadata in Atlan. To solve for this, you could create an option Data quality and define three indicative values:

  • Bronze β€” for freshly crawled metadata
  • Silver β€” for asset enrichment in progress
  • Gold β€” for well-documented assets

Once you've created the option, you can add it as a custom metadata property. Then you can enrich your assets with this additional context for your data teams. 

Create options


To create an option:

  1. From the left menu of any screen, click Governance.
  2. Under the Metadata heading, click Options.
  3. Under the Options heading, click Get started.
  4. In the New option dialog, enter the following details:
    1. For Name, enter a meaningful name for your option β€” for example, Data quality.
    2. For Values, enter a list of values considered valid, separate each value with a semicolon ; β€” Gold, Silver, and Bronze.
  5. Click Create to add your option.

You have just created an option! πŸŽ‰

To edit the values for your option, click on the pencil icon in the top right to make your changes and then save them.

πŸ’ͺ Did you know? Atlan currently only supports deleting options through API.

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