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    Developing Arrow Flight SQL Client Applications for Dremio Cloud

    You can use Apache Arrow Flight SQL to develop client applications that interact with Dremio Cloud. Apache Arrow Flight SQL is a new API developed by the Apache Arrow community for interacting with SQL databases. For more information about Apache Arrow Flight SQL, see the documentation for the Apache Arrow project.

    Through Flight SQL, client applications can run queries, create prepared statements, and fetch metadata about the SQL dialect supported by datasource in Dremio, available types, defined tables, and more.

    The requests for running queries are

    • CommandExecute
    • CommandStatementUpdate

    The commands on prepared statements are:

    • ActionClosePreparedStatementRequest: Closes a prepared statement.
    • ActionCreatePreparedStatementRequest: Creates a prepared statement.
    • CommandPreparedStatementQuery: Runs a prepared statement.
    • CommandPreparedStatementUpdate: Runs a prepared statement that updates data.

    The metadata requests that Dremio supports are:

    • CommandGetDbSchemas: Lists the schemas that are in a catalog.
    • CommandGetTables: Lists that tables that are in a catalog or schema.
    • CommandGetTableTypes: Lists the table types that are supported in a catalog or schema. The types are Table, View, and System Table.
    • CommandGetSqlInfo: Retrieves information about the datasource and the SQL dialect that it supports.

    There are two clients already implemented and available in the Apache Arrow repository on GitHub for you to make use of:


    At this time, you can only connect to the default Sonar project in Dremio Cloud.

    Using the Sample Client

    You can download and try out the sample client from https://github.com/dremio-hub/arrow-flight-sql-clients. Extract the content of the file and then, in a terminal window, change to the flight-sql-client-example directory.

    Before running the sample client, ensure that you have met these prerequisites:

    • Add the Samples data lake to your Dremio Cloud project by clicking the This is the Add Source icon. icon in the Data Lakes section of the Datasets page.
    • Ensure that Java 8 or later (up to Java 15) is installed on the system on which you run the example commands.

    Command Syntax for the Sample Client

    Use this syntax when sending commands to the sample client:

    Sample client usage
    Usage: java -jar flight-sql-sample-client-application.jar  -host localhost -port 443 ...
     -command,--command <arg>                 Method to run
     -dsv,--disableServerVerification <arg>   Disable TLS server verification.
                                              Defaults to false.
     -host,--hostname <arg>                   `data.dremio.cloud` for Dremio's US control plane
                                              `data.eu.dremio.cloud` for Dremio's European control plane
     -kstpass,--keyStorePassword <arg>        The jks keystore password.
     -kstpath,--keyStorePath <arg>            Path to the jks keystore.
     -pat,--personalAccessToken <arg>         Personal access token
     -port,--flightport <arg>                 443
     -query,--query <arg>                     The query to run
     -schema,--schema <arg>                   The schema to use
     -sp,--sessionProperty <arg>              Key value pairs of
                                              SessionProperty, example: -sp
                                              com"' -sp key=value
     -table,--table <arg>                     The table to query
     -tls,--tls <arg>                         Enable encrypted connection.
                                              Defaults to true.


    The examples demonstrate what is returned for each of these requests:

    • CommandGetDbSchemas
    • CommandGetTables
    • CommandGetTableTypes
    • CommandExecute


    These examples use the Flight endpoint for Dremio’s US control plane: data.dremio.cloud. To use Dremio’s European control plane, use this endpoint instead: data.eu.dremio.cloud.

    Flight SQL Request: CommandGetDbSchemas

    This command submits a CommandGetDbSchemas request to list the schemas in a catalog.

    Example CommandGetDbSchemas request
    java -jar flight-sql-sample-client-application.jar -tls true -host data.dremio.cloud -port 443 --pat '<personal-access-token>' -command GetSchemas  
    Example output for CommandGetDbSchemas request
    catalog_name	db_schema_name
    null	        $scratch
    null	        @myUserName
    null	        INFORMATION_SCHEMA
    null	        Samples
    null	        sys

    Flight SQL Request: CommandGetTables

    This command submits a CommandGetTables request to list the tables that are in a catalog or schema.

    Example CommandGetTables request
    java -jar flight-sql-sample-client-application.jar -tls true -host data.dremio.cloud -port 443 --pat '<personal-access-token>' -command GetTables -schema INFORMATION_SCHEMA

    If you have a space in your schema, you can escape it like this:

    Example CommandGetTables request with space in schema
    java -jar flight-sql-sample-client-application.jar -tls true -host data.dremio.cloud -port 443 --pat '<personal-access-token>' -command GetTables -schema "Samples\ (1).samples.dremio.com"
    Example output for CommandGetTables request
    catalog_name  db_schema_name	        table_name	table_type

    Flight SQL Request: CommandGetTableTypes

    This command submits a CommandTableTypes request to list the table types supported.

    Example CommandTableTypes request
    java -jar flight-sql-sample-client-application.jar -tls true -host data.dremio.cloud -port 443 --pat '<personal-access-token>' -command GetTableTypes
    Example output for CommandTableTypes request

    Flight SQL Request: CommandExecute

    This command submits a CommandExecute request to run a single SQL statement.

    Example CommandExecute request
    java -jar flight-sql-sample-client-application.jar -tls true -host data.dremio.cloud -port 443 --pat '<personal-access-token>' -command Execute -query 'SELECT * FROM Samples."samples.<Dremio-user-name>.com"."NYC-taxi-trips" limit 10'
    Example output for CommandExecute request
    pickup_datetime	passenger_count	trip_distance_mi fare_amount tip_amount total_amount
    2013-05-27T19:15              1             1.26         7.5        0.0          8.0
    2013-05-31T16:40              1             0.73         5.0        1.2          7.7
    2013-05-27T19:03              2             9.23        27.5        5.0        38.33
    2013-05-31T16:24              1             2.27        12.0        0.0         13.5
    2013-05-27T19:17              1             0.71         5.0        0.0          5.5
    2013-05-27T19:11              1             2.52        10.5       3.15        14.15
    2013-05-31T16:41              5             1.01         6.0        1.1          8.6
    2013-05-31T16:37              1             1.25         8.5        0.0         10.0
    2013-05-31T16:39              1             2.04        10.0        1.5         13.0
    2013-05-27T19:02              1            11.73        32.5       8.12        41.12

    Code Samples

    Creating a FlightSqlClient

    Refer to this code sample to create a FlightClient. Then, wrap your FlightClient in a FlightSqlClient:

    Wrap FlightClient in FlightSqlClient
    // Wraps a FlightClient in a FlightSqlClient
    FlightSqlClient flightSqlClient = new FlightSqlClient(flightClient);
    // Be sure to close the FlightSqlClient after using it

    Retrieving a List of Database Schemas

    This code issues a CommandGetSchemas metadata request:

    CommandGetSchemas metadata request
    String catalog = null; // The catalog. (may be null)
    String dbSchemaFilterPattern = null; // The schema filter pattern. (may be null)
    FlightInfo flightInfo = flightSqlClient.getSchemas(catalog, dbSchemaFilterPattern);

    Retrieving a List of Tables

    This code issues a CommandGetTables metadata request:

    CommandGetTables metadata request
    String catalog = null;  // The catalog. (may be null)
    String dbSchemaFilterPattern = "Samples\\ (1).samples.dremio.com";  // The schema filter pattern. (may be null)
    String tableFilterPattern = null;  // The table filter pattern. (may be null)
    List<String> tableTypes = null;  // The table types to include. (may be null)
    boolean includeSchema = false;  // True to include the schema upon return, false to not include the schema.
    FlightInfo flightInfo = flightSqlClient.getTables(catalog, dbSchemaFilterPattern, tableFilterPattern, tableTypes, includeSchema);

    Retrieving a List of Table Types That a Database Supports

    This code issues a CommandGetTableTypes metadata request:

    CommandGetTableTypes metadata request
    FlightInfo flightInfo = flightSqlClient.getTableTypes();

    Running a Query

    This code issues a CommandExecute request:

    CommandExecute request
    FlightInfo flightInfo = flightSqlClient.execute("SELECT * FROM Samples.\"samples.myUserName.com\".\"NYC-taxi-trips\" limit 10");

    Consuming Data Returned for a Query

    Consume data returned for query
    FlightInfo flightInfo; // Use a FlightSqlClient method to get a FlightInfo
    // 1. Fetch each partition sequentially (though this can be done in parallel)
    for (FlightEndpoint endpoint : flightInfo.getEndpoints()) {
      // 2. Get a stream of results as Arrow vectors
      try (FlightStream stream = flightSqlClient.getStream(endpoint.getTicket())) {
        // 3. Iterate through the stream until the end
        while (stream.next()) {
          // 4. Get a chunk of results (VectorSchemaRoot) and print it to the console
          VectorSchemaRoot vectorSchemaRoot = stream.getRoot();