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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 (


// queryWithDestination demonstrates saving the results of a query to a specific table by setting the destination
// via the API properties.
func queryWithDestination(w io.Writer, projectID, destDatasetID, destTableID 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: %w", err)
	defer client.Close()

	q := client.Query("SELECT 17 as my_col")
	q.Location = "US" // Location must match the dataset(s) referenced in query.
	q.QueryConfig.Dst = client.Dataset(destDatasetID).Table(destTableID)
	// Run the query and process the returned row iterator.
	it, err := q.Read(ctx)
	if err != nil {
		return fmt.Errorf("query.Read(): %w", err)
	for {
		var row []bigquery.Value
		err := it.Next(&row)
		if err == iterator.Done {
		if err != nil {
			return err
		fmt.Fprintln(w, row)
	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.


public class SaveQueryToTable {

  public static void main(String[] args) {
    // TODO(developer): Replace these variables before running the sample.
    String query = "SELECT corpus FROM `bigquery-public-data.samples.shakespeare` GROUP BY corpus;";
    String destinationTable = "MY_TABLE";
    String destinationDataset = "MY_DATASET";

    saveQueryToTable(destinationDataset, destinationTable, query);

  public static void saveQueryToTable(
      String destinationDataset, String destinationTableId, String query) {
    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();

      // Identify the destination table
      TableId destinationTable = TableId.of(destinationDataset, destinationTableId);

      // Build the query job
      QueryJobConfiguration queryConfig =

      // Execute the query.

      // The results are now saved in the destination table.

      System.out.println("Saved query ran successfully");
    } catch (BigQueryException | InterruptedException e) {
      System.out.println("Saved query did not run \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 library
const {BigQuery} = require('@google-cloud/bigquery');
const bigquery = new BigQuery();

async function queryDestinationTable() {
  // Queries the U.S. given names dataset for the state of Texas
  // and saves results to permanent table.

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

  // Create destination table reference
  const dataset = bigquery.dataset(datasetId);
  const destinationTable = dataset.table(tableId);

  const query = `SELECT name
    FROM \`bigquery-public-data.usa_names.usa_1910_2013\`
    WHERE state = 'TX'
    LIMIT 100`;

  // For all options, see
  const options = {
    query: query,
    // Location must match that of the dataset(s) referenced in the query.
    location: 'US',
    destination: destinationTable,

  // Run the query as a job
  const [job] = await bigquery.createQueryJob(options);

  console.log(`Job ${} started.`);
  console.log(`Query results loaded to table ${}`);


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 import bigquery

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

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

job_config = bigquery.QueryJobConfig(destination=table_id)

sql = """
    SELECT corpus
    FROM `bigquery-public-data.samples.shakespeare`
    GROUP BY corpus;

# Start the query, passing in the extra configuration.
query_job = client.query(sql, job_config=job_config)  # Make an API request.
query_job.result()  # Wait for the job to complete.

print("Query results loaded to the table {}".format(table_id))

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