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Exploring data in CockroachDB with Python and Pandas in DataStation

This tutorial walks through running CockroachDB in Docker, creating a table and loading it with data, querying CockroachDB in DataStation, and exploring the data with Python and Pandas.

This tutorial is also available on Youtube.

Database initialization [Optional]

If you want to follow along with this tutorial verbatim, in your terminal start CockroachDB in Docker:

$ cid=$(docker run -d -p 26257:26257 -p 8080:8080 cockroachdb/cockroach start-single-node --insecure)

First we create a database and set up a basic employee table.

$ docker exec -it $cid cockroach sql --insecure
# Welcome to the CockroachDB SQL shell.
# All statements must be terminated by a semicolon.
# To exit, type: \q.
# Server version: CockroachDB CCL v21.2.8 (x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu, built 2022/04/05 01:47:17, go1.16.6) (same version as client)
# Cluster ID: cf2a5188-d004-4a1b-9e3f-6c6a8c8e4d95
# Enter \? for a brief introduction.
root@:26257/defaultdb> CREATE DATABASE demo;

Time: 12ms total (execution 11ms / network 0ms)

root@:26257/defaultdb> CREATE USER demo;

Time: 163ms total (execution 162ms / network 0ms)

root@:26257/defaultdb> GRANT ALL ON DATABASE demo TO demo;

Time: 41ms total (execution 41ms / network 0ms)

root@:26257/defaultdb> CREATE TABLE employees (
  birth_date DATE NOT NULL,
  first_name STRING NOT NULL,
  last_name STRING NOT NULL,
  hire_date DATE NOT NULL

Time: 12ms total (execution 12ms / network 0ms)

Now we can use CockroachDB's great IMPORT INTO syntax to read a remote gzipped CSV and insert all its rows into the table we just created:

root@:26257/defaultdb> IMPORT INTO employees (
) CSV DATA ('');

And we're done!

Data source setup

Now inside DataStation create a new data source in the left sidebar.

Creating a new data source

Give it a nice name so you easily can find it later. And select CockroachDB in the Vendor dropdown.

Creating a CockroachDB data source

Host field

If you are connecting to localhost:26257 (the default), you can leave the host field blank. If your port is 26257 then you can always omit the colon and port and just specify the address.

However: when you are connecting to any PostgreSQL wire-compatible database in DataStation (including CockroachDB) and you are connecting without TLS, you must explicitly opt out of TLS by specifying the query argument ?sslmode=disable.

Other fields

The database is the one we just created, demo. The username is demo. And there is no password.

Filled CockroachDB data source

SSH Proxy [Optional]

If you want connect to a CockroachDB database on a remote server through an SSH proxy, you will need to set up the SSH connection to that server first. Once you do, you can select that connection in the "Via Server" dropdown within the data source editor.

Panel setup

Now create a new panel and select the Database type.

Create database panel

Run a query

Enter in SELECT * FROM employees and hit play!

Run CockroachDB query

Note: Ctrl-r is a shortcut for hitting the play button when you are focused on one panel.

Load panel results into Pandas

Now we've got some data to play with. Create a new Code panel and enter the following:

import pandas

df = pandas.DataFrame(DM_getPanel('Query employee data'))
youngest = df.sort_values('birth_date', ascending=False).head(10)

And run!

Load data into Pandas


After running the query, a table button will appear below the panel next to the New Panel button. Click it to generate a table based on this panel.

Table results

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Last edited Apr 10, 2022.