How to use Atlan's Chrome extension

Installation

Install the extension

To install Atlan's Chrome extension:

  1. Find the extension in Chrome's web store: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/atlan/fipjfjlalpnbejlmmpfnmlkadjgaaheg
  2. In the upper right of the page, click Add to Chrome.
  3. When prompted for confirmation, click the Add extension button.

At present, it is not possible to install Chrome extensions on mobile devices or tablets.

πŸ’ͺ Did you know? You can also install Atlan's Chrome extension at the workspace level. You will need to be an administrator or have access to the admin console of your organization's Google account for this setup.

Configure the extension

To configure the Chrome extension, once installed:

  1. In your Chrome browser, enter the following URL to go directly to the Atlan extension's options:
    chrome-extension://fipjfjlalpnbejlmmpfnmlkadjgaaheg/options/index.html
  2. In the Options page this opens:
    1. Enter the URL for your Atlan instance, and click Continue.
    2. When successful, you will see the message Successfully connected with Atlan.
    3. (Optional) If your data tools are hosted on custom domains, rather than the standard SaaS domain of each tool:
      1. Click the Not able to see Atlan logo in your tool? link at the bottom.
      2. In the drop-down on the left, select your data tool.
      3. In the text box on the right, enter the custom domain you use for that tool.
      4. Repeat these steps for each tool hosted on a custom domain.
      5. In the lower-right corner click the Save button, when finished.
  3. You can now close the Options tab.

The extension is now ready to use! πŸŽ‰

Usage

πŸ€“ Who can do this? Anyone with access to Atlan β€” any admin, member, or guest user β€” and a supported tool can use the Chrome extension. You will first need to log into Atlan.
πŸ’ͺ Did you know? When using Atlan's Chrome extension in a supported tool, it will only read the URL of your browser tab β€” no other data is accessed. If using Atlan's Chrome extension on any website, it will only read the favicon, page title, and URL of your browser tab. Learn more about Atlan Chrome extension security.

Access and enrich context in-flow

To access context for an asset, from within a supported tool:

  1. Log into the supported tool.
  2. Open any supported asset.
  3. In the lower-right corner of the page, click the small Atlan icon.
    🚨 Careful! The icon to activate Atlan is not the extension icon that appears at the top of your Chrome browser. This small Atlan icon in the lower right corner of the page is the only way to access the metadata for the asset you are viewing in another tool.
  4. In the sidebar that appears:
    • Click the tabs and links to view all context about the asset.
    • Make changes to any of the metadata you'd like.

Now you can understand and enrich assets without leaving your data tools themselves! πŸŽ‰

The Atlan sidebar will automatically reload as you browse your assets in a supported tool to show details about the asset you're currently viewing.

πŸ’ͺ Did you know? Your permissions in Atlan will control what metadata you can see and change in the extension.

Search for metadata

To search for context for any information on any website:

  1. Select the text you'd like to search on the web page you're viewing.
  2. Right-click, and then select Search in Atlan 🏑.

The extension will open a new browser tab on Atlan's discovery page, with the results for that text! πŸŽ‰

Add a resource

You can link any web page as a resource to your assets in Atlan using the Chrome extension.

To add a web page as a resource to an asset:

  1. In the top right of the web page you're viewing, click the Atlan Chrome extension.
  2. In the resource clipper menu, under Link this page to an asset, select the asset to which you'd like to add the web page as a resource.
  3. Click Save to confirm your selection.
  4. (Optional) Once the resource has been linked successfully, click the Open in Atlan button to view the linked asset directly in Atlan.

You can now add resources to your assets in Atlan from any website! πŸŽ‰

Supported tools

Currently, the Chrome extension supports assets in the following tools:

  • Amazon QuickSight: analyses, dashboards, and datasets
  • Databricks: databases, schemas, views, and tables
  • dbt Cloud: models and sources in the model editor and dbt docs
  • Google BigQuery: datasets, schemas, views, and tables
  • Looker: dashboards, explores, and folders
  • Microsoft Power BI: dashboards, reports, dataflows, and datasets
  • Mode: collections, reports, queries, and charts
  • Redash: queries, dashboards, and visualizations
  • Salesforce: objects
  • Sigma: datasets, pages, and data elements
  • Snowflake (via Snowsight schema explorer): databases, schemas, tables, and views
  • Tableau: dashboards, data sources, workbooks, and metrics
  • ThoughtSpot: liveboards, answers, and visualizations

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