Add an empty column

Manually add an empty column.

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Code Sample

Go

Before trying this sample, follow the Go setup instructions in the BigQuery Quickstart Using Client Libraries. For more information, see the BigQuery Go API reference documentation.

import (
	"context"
	"fmt"

	"cloud.google.com/go/bigquery"
)

// updateTableAddColumn demonstrates modifying the schema of a table to append an additional column.
func updateTableAddColumn(projectID, datasetID, tableID string) error {
	// projectID := "my-project-id"
	// datasetID := "mydataset"
	// tableID := "mytable"
	ctx := context.Background()
	client, err := bigquery.NewClient(ctx, projectID)
	if err != nil {
		return fmt.Errorf("bigquery.NewClient: %v", err)
	}
	defer client.Close()

	tableRef := client.Dataset(datasetID).Table(tableID)
	meta, err := tableRef.Metadata(ctx)
	if err != nil {
		return err
	}
	newSchema := append(meta.Schema,
		&bigquery.FieldSchema{Name: "phone", Type: bigquery.StringFieldType},
	)
	update := bigquery.TableMetadataToUpdate{
		Schema: newSchema,
	}
	if _, err := tableRef.Update(ctx, update, meta.ETag); err != nil {
		return err
	}
	return nil
}

Java

Before trying this sample, follow the Java setup instructions in the BigQuery Quickstart Using Client Libraries. For more information, see the BigQuery Java API reference documentation.

import com.google.cloud.bigquery.BigQuery;
import com.google.cloud.bigquery.BigQueryException;
import com.google.cloud.bigquery.BigQueryOptions;
import com.google.cloud.bigquery.Field;
import com.google.cloud.bigquery.FieldList;
import com.google.cloud.bigquery.LegacySQLTypeName;
import com.google.cloud.bigquery.Schema;
import com.google.cloud.bigquery.StandardTableDefinition;
import com.google.cloud.bigquery.Table;
import java.util.ArrayList;
import java.util.List;

public class AddEmptyColumn {

  public static void main(String[] args) {
    // TODO(developer): Replace these variables before running the sample.
    String datasetName = "MY_DATASET_NAME";
    String tableId = "MY_TABLE_NAME";
    String newColumnName = "NEW_COLUMN_NAME";
    addEmptyColumn(newColumnName, datasetName, tableId);
  }

  public static void addEmptyColumn(String newColumnName, String datasetName, String tableId) {
    try {
      // Initialize client that will be used to send requests. This client only needs to be created
      // once, and can be reused for multiple requests.
      BigQuery bigquery = BigQueryOptions.getDefaultInstance().getService();

      Table table = bigquery.getTable(datasetName, tableId);
      Schema schema = table.getDefinition().getSchema();
      FieldList fields = schema.getFields();

      // Create the new field/column
      Field newField = Field.of(newColumnName, LegacySQLTypeName.STRING);

      // Create a new schema adding the current fields, plus the new one
      List<Field> fieldList = new ArrayList<Field>();
      fields.forEach(fieldList::add);
      fieldList.add(newField);
      Schema newSchema = Schema.of(fieldList);

      // Update the table with the new schema
      Table updatedTable =
          table.toBuilder().setDefinition(StandardTableDefinition.of(newSchema)).build();
      updatedTable.update();
      System.out.println("Empty column successfully added to table");
    } catch (BigQueryException e) {
      System.out.println("Empty column was not added. \n" + e.toString());
    }
  }
}

Node.js

Before trying this sample, follow the Node.js setup instructions in the BigQuery Quickstart Using Client Libraries. For more information, see the BigQuery Node.js API reference documentation.


// Import the Google Cloud client library and create a client
const {BigQuery} = require('@google-cloud/bigquery');
const bigquery = new BigQuery();

async function addEmptyColumn() {
  // Adds an empty column to the schema.

  /**
   * TODO(developer): Uncomment the following lines before running the sample.
   */
  // const datasetId = 'my_dataset';
  // const tableId = 'my_table';
  const column = {name: 'size', type: 'STRING'};

  // Retrieve current table metadata
  const table = bigquery.dataset(datasetId).table(tableId);
  const [metadata] = await table.getMetadata();

  // Update table schema
  const schema = metadata.schema;
  const new_schema = schema;
  new_schema.fields.push(column);
  metadata.schema = new_schema;

  const [result] = await table.setMetadata(metadata);
  console.log(result.schema.fields);
}

Python

Before trying this sample, follow the Python setup instructions in the BigQuery Quickstart Using Client Libraries. For more information, see the BigQuery Python API reference documentation.

from google.cloud import bigquery

# Construct a BigQuery client object.
client = bigquery.Client()

# TODO(developer): Set table_id to the ID of the table
#                  to add an empty column.
# table_id = "your-project.your_dataset.your_table_name"

table = client.get_table(table_id)  # Make an API request.

original_schema = table.schema
new_schema = original_schema[:]  # Creates a copy of the schema.
new_schema.append(bigquery.SchemaField("phone", "STRING"))

table.schema = new_schema
table = client.update_table(table, ["schema"])  # Make an API request.

if len(table.schema) == len(original_schema) + 1 == len(new_schema):
    print("A new column has been added.")
else:
    print("The column has not been added.")