Send your event data from RudderStack to Materialize.

Materialize is a streaming database used to process data at scale and high speeds without the cost and complexity of the traditional streaming platforms.

You can set up Materialize as a webhook destination in RudderStack to seamlessly send your event data.


Before you begin, make sure you have created a Materialize cluster and a webhook source in Materialize to ingest data from RudderStack.

Step 1: Create Materialize cluster

To create a managed cluster in Materialize, run the following SQL command:

CREATE CLUSTER rudderstack_cluster SIZE = '3xsmall';

See the Materialize documentation on creating a cluster for more information.

Step 2: Create shared secret

Establish a shared secret to ensure the authenticity of data sent from RudderStack to Materialize. The following command creates a shared secret that lets RudderStack authenticate each incoming request and ensure data integrity.

CREATE SECRET rudderstack_shared_secret AS '<secret_value>';
Make sure to change <secret_value> to a unique value and store it in a secure location for later reference.

Step 3: Set up webhook source in Materialize

Use the secret from Step 2 to create a webhook source in Materialize and ingest data coming from RudderStack:

CREATE SOURCE rudderstack_source IN CLUSTER rudderstack_cluster
    CHECK (
      WITH (
        BODY AS request_body,
        SECRET rudderstack_shared_secret
      constant_time_eq(headers->'authorization', rudderstack_shared_secret)
The above webhook source uses basic authentication.

Set up webhook destination in RudderStack

Follow these steps to set up Materialize as a webhook destination in RudderStack:

  1. In your RudderStack dashboard, go to Directory > Destinations > Cloud Destinations and search for Webhook.
  2. Select the source from where you want to ingest events and click Continue. See Add a source for more information.

Connection settings

Configure the following settings to set up Ortto as a destination in RudderStack:

  • Webhook URL: Define the endpoint used to dispatch the events ingested by RudderStack. The webhook URL structure is defined as:
  • URL Method: Select the POST method from the dropdown used to send events to Materialize.

  • Headers: Specify the headers that are added to every RudderStack request sent to your webhook. Make sure to add the following headers:

  • OneTrust cookie consent settings: This setting lets you associate the OneTrust cookie consent groups to Materialize.

Monitor incoming data

  1. Log in to the Materialize console.
  2. Go to the SQL shell.
  3. Select your cluster.
  4. Use SQL queries to analyze the incoming data:
SELECT * FROM rudderstack_source;

Here, rudderstack_source is the webhook source created in Step 3: Set up webhook source to ingest data coming from RudderStack.

If you do not see any data, check the Live Events tab to verify if the events are flowing through correctly.

Parse incoming data

You can create materialized views to parse any incoming data from RudderStack, depending on your use case. An example is shown below:

CREATE VIEW json_parsed AS
    (body -> '_metadata' ->> 'nodeVersion')::text AS nodeVersion,
    (body ->> 'channel')::text AS channel,
    (body ->> 'event')::text AS event,
    (body ->> 'userId')::text AS userId
  FROM rudderstack_source;

In the above query, json_parsed parses the incoming data and transforms the JSON structure into columns in your Materialize schema like nodeVersion, channel, event, and userId.

You can also use the DISTINCT clause to remove any duplicates received due to any issues. For more information, see the Materialize webhook source documentation.

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