Load an Avro file

Load an Avro file from Cloud Storage into a new table.

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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.FormatOptions;
import com.google.cloud.bigquery.Job;
import com.google.cloud.bigquery.JobInfo;
import com.google.cloud.bigquery.LoadJobConfiguration;
import com.google.cloud.bigquery.TableId;

// Sample to load Avro data from Cloud Storage into a new BigQuery table
public class LoadAvroFromGcs {

  public static void main(String[] args) {
    // TODO(developer): Replace these variables before running the sample.
    String datasetName = "MY_DATASET_NAME";
    String tableName = "MY_TABLE_NAME";
    String sourceUri = "gs://cloud-samples-data/bigquery/us-states/us-states.avro";
    loadAvroFromGcs(datasetName, tableName, sourceUri);

  public static void loadAvroFromGcs(String datasetName, String tableName, String sourceUri) {
    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(datasetName, tableName);
      LoadJobConfiguration loadConfig =
          LoadJobConfiguration.of(tableId, sourceUri, FormatOptions.avro());

      // Load data from a GCS Avro file into the table
      Job job = bigquery.create(JobInfo.of(loadConfig));
      // Blocks until this load table job completes its execution, either failing or succeeding.
      job = job.waitFor();
      if (job.isDone()) {
        System.out.println("Avro from GCS successfully loaded in a table");
      } else {
            "BigQuery was unable to load into the table due to an error:"
                + job.getStatus().getError());
    } catch (BigQueryException | InterruptedException e) {
      System.out.println("Column not added during load append \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');

// Instantiate clients
const bigquery = new BigQuery();
const storage = new Storage();

 * This sample loads the Avro file at
 * https://storage.googleapis.com/cloud-samples-data/bigquery/us-states/us-states.avro
 * TODO(developer): Replace the following lines with the path to your file.
const bucketName = 'cloud-samples-data';
const filename = 'bigquery/us-states/us-states.avro';

async function loadTableGCSAvro() {
  // Imports a GCS file into a table with Avro source format.

   * TODO(developer): Uncomment the following lines before running the sample.
  // const datasetId = 'my_dataset';
  // const tableId = 'us_states';

  // Configure the load job. For full list of options, see:
  // https://cloud.google.com/bigquery/docs/reference/rest/v2/Job#JobConfigurationLoad
  const jobConfigurationLoad = {
    sourceFormat: 'AVRO',

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

  // load() waits for the job to finish
  console.log(`Job ${job.id} completed.`);

  // 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

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

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

job_config = bigquery.LoadJobConfig(source_format=bigquery.SourceFormat.AVRO)
uri = "gs://cloud-samples-data/bigquery/us-states/us-states.avro"

load_job = client.load_table_from_uri(
    uri, table_id, job_config=job_config
)  # Make an API request.

load_job.result()  # Waits for the job to complete.

destination_table = client.get_table(table_id)
print("Loaded {} rows.".format(destination_table.num_rows))