Export a table to a compressed file

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Exports a table to a compressed file in a Cloud Storage bucket.

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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 (


// exportTableAsCompressedCSV demonstrates using an export job to
// write the contents of a table into Cloud Storage as compressed CSV.
func exportTableAsCompressedCSV(projectID, gcsURI string) error {
	// projectID := "my-project-id"
	// gcsURI := "gs://mybucket/shakespeare.csv"
	ctx := context.Background()
	client, err := bigquery.NewClient(ctx, projectID)
	if err != nil {
		return fmt.Errorf("bigquery.NewClient: %w", err)
	defer client.Close()

	srcProject := "bigquery-public-data"
	srcDataset := "samples"
	srcTable := "shakespeare"

	gcsRef := bigquery.NewGCSReference(gcsURI)
	gcsRef.Compression = bigquery.Gzip

	extractor := client.DatasetInProject(srcProject, srcDataset).Table(srcTable).ExtractorTo(gcsRef)
	extractor.DisableHeader = true
	// You can choose to run the job in a specific location for more complex data locality scenarios.
	// Ex: In this example, source dataset and GCS bucket are in the US.
	extractor.Location = "US"

	job, err := extractor.Run(ctx)
	if err != nil {
		return err
	status, err := job.Wait(ctx)
	if err != nil {
		return err
	if err := status.Err(); err != nil {
		return err
	return nil


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.ExtractJobConfiguration;
import com.google.cloud.bigquery.Job;
import com.google.cloud.bigquery.JobInfo;
import com.google.cloud.bigquery.TableId;

// Sample to extract a compressed table
public class ExtractTableCompressed {

  public static void main(String[] args) {
    // TODO(developer): Replace these variables before running the sample.
    String projectName = "MY_PROJECT_NAME";
    String datasetName = "MY_DATASET_NAME";
    String tableName = "MY_TABLE_NAME";
    String bucketName = "MY-BUCKET-NAME";
    String destinationUri = "gs://" + bucketName + "/path/to/file";
    // For more information on export formats available see:
    // https://cloud.google.com/bigquery/docs/exporting-data#export_formats_and_compression_types
    String compressed = "gzip";
    // For more information on Job see:
    // https://googleapis.dev/java/google-cloud-clients/latest/index.html?com/google/cloud/bigquery/package-summary.html
    String dataFormat = "CSV";

        projectName, datasetName, tableName, destinationUri, dataFormat, compressed);

  public static void extractTableCompressed(
      String projectName,
      String datasetName,
      String tableName,
      String destinationUri,
      String dataFormat,
      String compressed) {
    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();

      TableId tableId = TableId.of(projectName, datasetName, tableName);

      ExtractJobConfiguration extractConfig =
          ExtractJobConfiguration.newBuilder(tableId, destinationUri)

      Job job = bigquery.create(JobInfo.of(extractConfig));

      // Blocks until this job completes its execution, either failing or succeeding.
      Job completedJob = job.waitFor();
      if (completedJob == null) {
        System.out.println("Job not executed since it no longer exists.");
      } else if (completedJob.getStatus().getError() != null) {
            "BigQuery was unable to extract due to an error: \n" + job.getStatus().getError());
      System.out.println("Table extract compressed successful");
    } catch (BigQueryException | InterruptedException e) {
      System.out.println("Table extraction job was interrupted. \n" + e.toString());


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 libraries
const {BigQuery} = require('@google-cloud/bigquery');
const {Storage} = require('@google-cloud/storage');

const bigquery = new BigQuery();
const storage = new Storage();

async function extractTableCompressed() {
  // Exports my_dataset:my_table to gcs://my-bucket/my-file as a compressed file.

   * TODO(developer): Uncomment the following lines before running the sample.
  // const datasetId = "my_dataset";
  // const tableId = "my_table";
  // const bucketName = "my-bucket";
  // const filename = "file.csv";

  // Location must match that of the source table.
  const options = {
    location: 'US',
    gzip: true,

  // Export data from the table into a Google Cloud Storage file
  const [job] = await bigquery
    .extract(storage.bucket(bucketName).file(filename), options);

  console.log(`Job ${job.id} created.`);

  // Check the job's status for errors
  const errors = job.status.errors;
  if (errors && errors.length > 0) {
    throw errors;


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
# client = bigquery.Client()
# bucket_name = 'my-bucket'

destination_uri = "gs://{}/{}".format(bucket_name, "shakespeare.csv.gz")
dataset_ref = bigquery.DatasetReference(project, dataset_id)
table_ref = dataset_ref.table("shakespeare")
job_config = bigquery.job.ExtractJobConfig()
job_config.compression = bigquery.Compression.GZIP

extract_job = client.extract_table(
    # Location must match that of the source table.
)  # API request
extract_job.result()  # Waits for job to complete.

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