The Workspace is the special root folder for all of your organization’s Databricks assets. The Workspace stores all your notebooks, libraries, and dashboards. By default, the Workspace and all its contents are available to users, but each user also has a private home directory that is not shared. You can control who can view, edit, and run items in the Workspace by enabling Workspace access control.

You can create and manage the Workspace using the UI, the CLI, and by invoking the Workspace API. This topic focuses on performing Workspace tasks using the UI. For the other methods, see Databricks CLI and Workspace API.


Folders hold everything within the Workspace. This is just like a folder on your desktop or local computer.

Click a folder name to open or close the folder and view its contents.

Open Folder

  • Folders can contain notebooks, libraries, and other folders.
  • Icons indicate the type of the object contained in a folder.

Each user has a home folder for their own personal notebooks and libraries:

Workspace > Home Folder

If you have Workspace access control activated in your account, by default items in this folder are private to that user.

Default folders

The Shared folder is for sharing notebooks across your organization. The Users folder manages user notebooks and is automatically created for every user.

Access the Workspace menu

Click the right side of a folder (on the down carat) to access the folder menu. Click and drag notebooks, dashboards, libraries, and folders to be move them into another folder.


From that menu you can:

  • Create notebooks
  • Create libraries
  • Create an additional folder
  • Clone a folder to create a deep copy of the folder
  • Rename or delete any folder besides special folders
  • Move a folder to another location
  • Delete an entire folder and its contents
  • Import a saved Databricks archive into the selected folder
  • Export a folder to save it and its contents as a Databricks archive
  • Customers with Workspace access control enabled can select Permissions to set access controls on a folder.

Move items

To move items into your home folder, you can drag-and-drop the item or use the Move action in the drop-down menu:

Move Drop Down

To move all the items in another folder to your home folder, right-click Move on the source folder and select:

Move Contents Checkbox

Rather than moving the folder itself to the selected destination, selecting this checkbox moves all items inside the folder to the destination.

Search the Workspace

Click the Search Icon Search Icon in the sidebar to incrementally search the Workspace and type a search string. As you type, Databricks returns matching items as well as their locations.

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