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Tutorial: Loading a file

This tutorial demonstrates how to perform a batch file load, using Apache Druid (incubating)'s native batch ingestion.

For this tutorial, we'll assume you've already downloaded Druid as described in the quickstart using the micro-quickstart single-machine configuration and have it running on your local machine. You don't need to have loaded any data yet.

A data load is initiated by submitting an ingestion task spec to the Druid Overlord. For this tutorial, we'll be loading the sample Wikipedia page edits data.

An ingestion spec can be written by hand or by using the "Data loader" that is built into the Druid console. The data loader can help you build an ingestion spec by sampling your data and and iteratively configuring various ingestion parameters. The data loader currently only supports native batch ingestion (support for streaming, including data stored in Apache Kafka and AWS Kinesis, is coming in future releases). Streaming ingestion is only available through a written ingestion spec today.

We've included a sample of Wikipedia edits from September 12, 2015 to get you started.

Loading data with the data loader

Navigate to localhost:8888 and click Load data in the console header. Select Local disk.

Data loader init

Enter the value of quickstart/tutorial/ as the base directory and wikiticker-2015-09-12-sampled.json.gz as a filter. The separation of base directory and wildcard file filter is there if you need to ingest data from multiple files.

Click Preview and make sure that the the data you are seeing is correct.

Data loader sample

Once the data is located, you can click "Next: Parse data" to go to the next step. The data loader will try to automatically determine the correct parser for the data. In this case it will successfully determine json. Feel free to play around with different parser options to get a preview of how Druid will parse your data.

Data loader parse data

With the json parser selected, click Next: Parse time to get to the step centered around determining your primary timestamp column. Druid's architecture requires a primary timestamp column (internally stored in a column called __time). If you do not have a timestamp in your data, select Constant value. In our example, the data loader will determine that the time column in our raw data is the only candidate that can be used as the primary time column.

Data loader parse time

Click Next: ... twice to go past the Transform and Filter steps. You do not need to enter anything in these steps as applying ingestion time transforms and filters are out of scope for this tutorial.

In the Configure schema step, you can configure which dimensions (and metrics) will be ingested into Druid. This is exactly what the data will appear like in Druid once it is ingested. Since our dataset is very small, go ahead and turn off Rollup by clicking on the switch and confirming the change.

Data loader schema

Once you are satisfied with the schema, click Next to go to the Partition step where you can fine tune how the data will be partitioned into segments. Here you can adjust how the data will be split up into segments in Druid. Since this is a small dataset, there are no adjustments that need to be made in this step.

Data loader partition

Clicking past the Tune step, we get to the publish step, which is where we can specify what the datasource name in Druid. Let's name this datasource wikipedia.

Data loader publish

Finally, click Next to review your spec. This is the spec you have constructed. Feel free to go back and make changes in previous steps to see how changes will update the spec. Similarly, you can also edit the spec directly and see it reflected in the previous steps.

Data loader spec

Once you are satisfied with the spec, click Submit and an ingestion task will be created.

You will be taken to the task view with the focus on the newly created task.

Tasks view

In the tasks view, you can click Refresh a couple of times until your ingestion task (hopefully) succeeds.

When a tasks succeeds it means that it built one or more segments that will now be picked up by the data servers.

Navigate to the Datasources view and click refresh until your datasource (wikipedia) appears. This can take a few seconds as the segments are being loaded.

Datasource view

A datasource is queryable once you see a green (fully available) circle. At this point, you can go to the Query view to run SQL queries against the datasource.

Since this is a small dataset, you can simply run a SELECT * FROM wikipedia query to see your results.

Query view

Check out the query tutorial to run some example queries on the newly loaded data.

Loading data with a spec (via console)

The Druid package includes the following sample native batch ingestion task spec at quickstart/tutorial/wikipedia-index.json, shown here for convenience, which has been configured to read the quickstart/tutorial/wikiticker-2015-09-12-sampled.json.gz input file:

  "type" : "index",
  "spec" : {
    "dataSchema" : {
      "dataSource" : "wikipedia",
      "parser" : {
        "type" : "string",
        "parseSpec" : {
          "format" : "json",
          "dimensionsSpec" : {
            "dimensions" : [
              { "name": "added", "type": "long" },
              { "name": "deleted", "type": "long" },
              { "name": "delta", "type": "long" }
          "timestampSpec": {
            "column": "time",
            "format": "iso"
      "metricsSpec" : [],
      "granularitySpec" : {
        "type" : "uniform",
        "segmentGranularity" : "day",
        "queryGranularity" : "none",
        "intervals" : ["2015-09-12/2015-09-13"],
        "rollup" : false
    "ioConfig" : {
      "type" : "index",
      "firehose" : {
        "type" : "local",
        "baseDir" : "quickstart/tutorial/",
        "filter" : "wikiticker-2015-09-12-sampled.json.gz"
      "appendToExisting" : false
    "tuningConfig" : {
      "type" : "index",
      "maxRowsPerSegment" : 5000000,
      "maxRowsInMemory" : 25000

This spec will create a datasource named "wikipedia".

From the task view, click on Submit task and select Raw JSON task.

Tasks view add task

This will bring up the spec submission dialog where you can paste the spec above.

Query view

Once the spec is submitted, you can follow the same instructions as above to wait for the data to load and then query it.

Loading data with a spec (via command line)

For convenience, the Druid package includes a batch ingestion helper script at bin/post-index-task.

This script will POST an ingestion task to the Druid Overlord and poll Druid until the data is available for querying.

Run the following command from Druid package root:

bin/post-index-task --file quickstart/tutorial/wikipedia-index.json --url http://localhost:8081

You should see output like the following:

Beginning indexing data for wikipedia
Task started: index_wikipedia_2018-07-27T06:37:44.323Z
Task log:     http://localhost:8081/druid/indexer/v1/task/index_wikipedia_2018-07-27T06:37:44.323Z/log
Task status:  http://localhost:8081/druid/indexer/v1/task/index_wikipedia_2018-07-27T06:37:44.323Z/status
Task index_wikipedia_2018-07-27T06:37:44.323Z still running...
Task index_wikipedia_2018-07-27T06:37:44.323Z still running...
Task finished with status: SUCCESS
Completed indexing data for wikipedia. Now loading indexed data onto the cluster...
wikipedia loading complete! You may now query your data

Once the spec is submitted, you can follow the same instructions as above to wait for the data to load and then query it.

Loading data without the script

Let's briefly discuss how we would've submitted the ingestion task without using the script. You do not need to run these commands.

To submit the task, POST it to Druid in a new terminal window from the apache-druid-0.15.1-incubating directory:

curl -X 'POST' -H 'Content-Type:application/json' -d @quickstart/tutorial/wikipedia-index.json http://localhost:8081/druid/indexer/v1/task

Which will print the ID of the task if the submission was successful:


You can monitor the status of this task from the console as outlined above.

Querying your data

Once the data is loaded, please follow the query tutorial to run some example queries on the newly loaded data.


If you wish to go through any of the other ingestion tutorials, you will need to shut down the cluster and reset the cluster state by removing the contents of the var directory under the druid package, as the other tutorials will write to the same "wikipedia" datasource.

Further reading

For more information on loading batch data, please see the batch ingestion documentation.