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PySpark Snowflake Data Warehouse Read Write operations — Part1 (Read Only)

Author(s): Vivek Chaudhary


PySpark Snowflake Data Warehouse Read Write operations — Part1 (Read-Only)

The Objective of this story is to build an understanding of the Read and Write operations on the Snowflake Data warehouse table using Apache Spark API, Pyspark.

Snowflake is a cloud-based Data Warehousing solution, designed for scalability and performance. In my upcoming blogs I will definitely share a detailed insight on Snowflake and its components, but for the moment take it as a cloud-based Database system with massively parallel processing and enormous computation power, so as of now I will restrict myself here only to Snowflake and Spark related stuff.

  1. Load Data from Amazon S3 Bucket to Snowflake DB table

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Data present in AWS S3 bucket:

Setup before loading data into Snowflake Table:

  1. Create Snowflake Free Tier Account and Create a Database as below:

2. Create a Stage that will point to the AWS S3 bucket:

3. Under the File Formats tab create a CSV file format to be used while loading data from AWS S3 to Snowflake Table.

4. The next step is to create Snowflake Table “EMP”, go to the Worksheets tab and execute the SnowSQL DDL command to create a table.

create table emp( empno INTEGER, 
ename string,
sal integer,
deptno integer,
comm integer);
Snow DDL

5. Next, copy the data from AWS S3 to the Snowflake table.

copy into learning_db.emp 
from @csv_data_loads/emp.csv file_format=csv_loads
Data copy command

csv_data_loads represents Stage location where we pointed to S3 bucket csv_loads is the file format we created for csv dataset.

Verify the dataset using SnowSQL:

Data successfully loaded to Snowflake.

2. Read Snowflake Table using PySpark.

Import prerequisites and set spark configurations:

import findspark
import pyspark
from pyspark.sql import SparkSession
from pyspark import SparkContext, SparkConf
import os
os.environ[‘PYSPARK_SUBMIT_ARGS’] = ‘ — packages net.snowflake:snowflake-jdbc:3.11.1,net.snowflake:spark-snowflake_2.11:2.5.7-spark_2.4 pyspark-shell’
spark = SparkSession.builder.appName(‘Pyspark_snowflake’).getOrCreate()

Set Snowflake connection properties:

sfOptions = {
“sfURL” : “”,
“sfAccount” : “xxxxxxx”,
“sfUser” : “xxxxxxxx”,
“sfPassword” : “xxxxxxx”,
“sfDatabase” : “learning_db”,
“sfSchema” : “public”,
“sfWarehouse” : “compute_wh”,
“sfRole” : “sysadmin”,

SNOWFLAKE_SOURCE_NAME = “net.snowflake.spark.snowflake”**sfOptions).option(“query”,”select * from emp”).load()

Data Validation successful, we are able to connect to spark and read the data from Snowflake table into Spark.


· Load AWS S3 data into Snowflake DB table

· Snowflake Stage and File Format creation.

· SnowSQL commands such as DDL and copying data.

· Use Pyspark to read Snowflake table data

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