Set up Databricks Asset Bundles to work in an air-gapped environment

Databricks Asset Bundles depend on external libraries and tools to function properly. The locations (URLs) of these dependencies need to be accessible or bundle initialization fails. Because of this, before using Databricks Asset Bundles in an air-gapped network environment that does not have access to the Internet, you need to download the Docker container image provided by the Databricks CLI and manage your Databricks Asset Bundles through Docker.

Download the Docker container image

The Databricks CLI Docker container image supports ARM64 and AMD64 CPU architectures, and is available in the Databricks CLI GitHub repository. You can download the latest available image by running the following command:

docker pull

If you want to download an image associated with a certain Databricks CLI version, specify the version as shown below:

docker pull

Manage your Databricks Asset Bundles through Docker

Once you have downloaded the appropriate Docker container, you can use the Docker CLI to execute databricks bundle commands, either directly or interactively.

Direct execution

To directly execute bundle commands, use docker run. For example, the following command deploys the bundle located at /my-bundle:

docker run -v /my-bundle:/my-bundle -e DATABRICKS_HOST=... -e DATABRICKS_TOKEN=... --workdir /my-bundle bundle deploy

In the example above, -v /my-bundle:/my-bundle mounts my-bundle into the Docker container’s file system using the same bundle name, -e DATABRICKS_HOST=... -e DATABRICKS_TOKEN=... authenticates the Databricks CLI by passing host and credentials as environment variables, and --workdir /my-bundle sets the current working directory to /my-bundle. Additional docker run command options can be found in the Docker Documentation.

Interactive execution

To interactively execute bundle commands, start by using docker run with the -it and --entrypoint options to launch an integrated sh terminal session that is attached to the container, as shown below:

docker run -v /my-bundle:/my-bundle -e DATABRICKS_HOST=... -e DATABRICKS_TOKEN=... -it --entrypoint /bin/sh --workdir /my-bundle

When the Docker terminal session starts, you can execute bundle commands directly in the terminal. The following example deploys the bundle named my-bundle:

/my-bundle # databricks bundle deploy

The volume mounts sync bidirectionally so you can make changes to your bundle locally and then use this Docker terminal session to execute bundle commands. In this case you do not need to execute docker run again.