Connecting to Snowflake from PySpark – Example included


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Connecting to Snowflake from PySpark involves several steps:

  1. Install the Snowflake connector for Python by running “pip install snowflake-connector-python” in the terminal or command prompt.
  2. Start a PySpark session by running “pyspark” in the terminal or command prompt.
  3. In the PySpark session, import the Snowflake connector by running “from snowflake.sqlalchemy import URL”
  4. Create a connection string using the Snowflake SQLAlchemy URL class. The connection string should include the following information:
    • account: the name of your Snowflake account
    • user: the username for your Snowflake account
    • password: the password for your Snowflake account
    • warehouse: the name of the warehouse you want to connect to
    • database: the name of the database you want to connect to
    • schema: the name of the schema you want to connect to
  5. For example, the following code snippet creates a connection string for a Snowflake account named “myaccount”, a warehouse named “mywarehouse”, a database named “mydatabase”, and a schema named “myschema”, with a user named “user” and a password “password”.
    from snowflake.sqlalchemy import URL
    connection_string = URL(
  1. Create a Spark dataframe by reading the data from the Snowflake table.
    dataframe ="snowflake").options(**{
        "sfUrl": connection_string,
        "sfUser": "user",
        "sfPassword": "password",
        "sfDatabase": "mydatabase",
        "sfSchema": "myschema",
        "sfWarehouse": "mywarehouse",
        "table": "mytable"
  1. Now you can use the dataframe for any data processing or analysis.

Please note that, this is a basic example and you might need to tweak the code based on your specific use case. As a basic step you got the dataframe created . Now based on your use case you can work accordingly.

Use case: There may be some cases , you may not be able to do all with the help of SQL, or some times pySpark you all ready have all the functionalities available . Those situation you can use this.

Spark import urls to refer.

  1. Spark Examples
  2. PySpark Blogs
  3. Bigdata Blogs
  4. Spark Interview Questions
  5. Official Page

Snowflake import urls to refer.

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