Bulk Import from TSV file

This article explains how to import data from TSV files to Treasure Data.

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Install Bulk Loader

First, please install the toolbelt, which includes bulk loader program, on your computer.


After the installation, the td command will be installed on your computer. Open up the terminal and type td to execute the command. Also, please ensure you have java as well. Execute the command td import:jar_update to download the up-to-date version of our bulk loader:

$ td
usage: td [options] COMMAND [args]
$ java
Usage: java [-options] class [args...]
$ td import:jar_update
Installed td-import.jar 0.x.xx into /path/to/.td/java

Importing data from a TSV

Suppose you have a file called data.tsv and its content looks like this:

$ head -n 2 data.tsv
host   log_name     date_time       method  url     res_code        bytes   referer user_agent   -   2004-03-07 16:05:49   GET   /twiki/bin/edit/Main/Double_bounce_sender?topicparent=Main.ConfigurationVariables"   401   12846

Execute the following commands to upload the TSV file.

$ td db:create my_db
$ td table:create my_db my_tbl
$ td import:auto \
  --auto-create my_db.my_tbl \
  --format tsv --column-header \
  --time-column date_time \
  --time-format "%Y-%m-%d %H:%M:%S" \
Because `td import:auto` runs MapReduce jobs to check the invalid rows, it'll take at least 1-2 minutes.

In the above command, we assumed that:

  • The data file is called data.tsv and is located in the current directory (hence ./data.tsv)
  • The first line in the file indicates the column names, hence we specify the --column-header option. If the file does not have the column names in the first row, you will have to specify the column names with the --columns option (and optionally the column types with --column-types option), or use the --column-types for each column in the file.
  • The time field is called “date_time” and it’s specified with the --time-column option
  • The time format is %Y-%m-%d %H:%M:%S and it’s specified with the --time-format option

These options are specific to bulk import from CSV/TSV files and they can be used to tailor the behavior of the parser to non standard CSV/TSV file formats:

CSV/TSV specific options:
--column-header                  first line includes column names
--delimiter CHAR                 delimiter CHAR; default="," at csv, "\t" at tsv
--newline TYPE                   newline [CRLF, LF, CR];  default=CRLF
--quote CHAR                     quote [DOUBLE, SINGLE, NONE];
                                 if csv format, default=DOUBLE. if tsv format, default=NONE

For further details, check the following pages:

Last modified: Feb 24 2017 09:27:52 UTC

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