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Retiago Drago
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Data Catalog: Metabase vs Magda 🔍

When it comes to data catalogs, two popular options are Metabase and Magda. Let's dive into a comprehensive comparison to help you decide which one is the right fit for your needs.

Overview 🌐

Feature Metabase Magda
Description Open-source business intelligence tool Open-source data catalog built by the Australian Government
Focus Data visualization, exploration, and sharing Data discovery, metadata management, and dataset access
License AGPLv3 Apache 2.0
Language Clojure Typescript

Features Comparison 🛠️

Data Visualization 📊


  • Offers a wide range of visualization options
  • Allows creating dashboards and sharing them with others
  • Provides SQL editor for advanced users


  • Focuses primarily on data cataloging
  • Offers limited visualization capabilities

Data Discovery 🔍


  • Allows users to search and explore data from multiple sources
  • Offers metadata management features


  • Designed specifically for data discovery
  • Offers powerful search, metadata management, and dataset access capabilities
  • Supports collaboration and sharing of datasets

Integrations and Data Sources 🔄


  • Supports numerous databases (e.g., MySQL, PostgreSQL, MongoDB, and more)
  • Provides a REST API for custom integrations


  • Supports various data sources (e.g., CKAN, Socrata, ArcGIS, and more)
  • Offers a modular architecture for custom integrations

Ease of Use and Deployment 🚀


  • User-friendly interface
  • Offers Docker-based deployment
  • Provides extensive documentation


  • Offers an intuitive interface for managing and discovering data
  • Deployment using Kubernetes
  • Comprehensive documentation available

Conclusion 🎯

Both Metabase and Magda are great tools, but they serve different purposes. If your primary need is data visualization and exploration, Metabase is the way to go. However, if you're looking for a powerful data catalog solution with robust data discovery and metadata management features, Magda is the better choice.

Feel free to try out both tools and determine which one suits your needs best. Good luck! 🍀

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