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What is Snowflake’s recommended approach for loading data into the platform?

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What is Snowflake's recommended approach for loading data into the platform?

Daniel Steinhold Changed status to publish August 17, 2023

Snowflake's recommended approach for loading data into the platform involves using the "COPY INTO" command or Snowflake's internal stages. This approach is designed to streamline the data loading process and optimize performance. Here's an overview of the recommended approach:

1. **Internal Stages:** Snowflake provides internal stages, which are built-in, managed storage locations within the Snowflake environment. These stages offer a secure and efficient way to load and unload data. When loading data into Snowflake, you can use an internal stage as an intermediate step.
2. **COPY INTO Command:** The "COPY INTO" command is a powerful and efficient way to load data into Snowflake. It allows you to copy data from a source location (such as a file in an internal stage or an external cloud storage location like Amazon S3) into a target table within Snowflake. The "COPY INTO" command handles various file formats and allows you to specify options for data formatting, file format, error handling, and more.

Here's a basic example of using the "COPY INTO" command to load data into a Snowflake table from an internal stage:

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COPY INTO target_table
FROM @internal_stage/file_path


In this example, **`target_table`** is the destination table, **`@internal_stage`** refers to the internal stage, **`file_path`** is the path to the data file within the stage, and **`FILE_FORMAT`** specifies the format of the data (in this case, CSV). The **`ON_ERROR`** parameter determines how errors are handled during the loading process.

This recommended approach offers several benefits, including:

- **Performance:** Snowflake's architecture is designed for efficient data loading, leveraging parallelism and optimized storage.
- **Scalability:** Snowflake can handle large-scale data loading without compromising performance.
- **Flexibility:** You can load data from various sources, including cloud storage providers and on-premises locations.
- **Security:** Data is loaded securely within Snowflake's environment, and you can control access and permissions.

It's important to refer to Snowflake's official documentation and resources for detailed guidance on using the "COPY INTO" command and internal stages, as the syntax and options may vary based on the specific use case and Snowflake version.

Daniel Steinhold Answered question August 17, 2023

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