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; CREATE DATABASE Time: 12ms total (execution 11ms / network 0ms) root@:26257/defaultdb> CREATE USER demo; CREATE ROLE Time: 163ms total (execution 162ms / network 0ms) root@:26257/defaultdb> GRANT ALL ON DATABASE demo TO demo; GRANT Time: 41ms total (execution 41ms / network 0ms) root@:26257/defaultdb> CREATE TABLE employees ( emp_no INT PRIMARY KEY, birth_date DATE NOT NULL, first_name STRING NOT NULL, last_name STRING NOT NULL, gender STRING NOT NULL, hire_date DATE NOT NULL ); CREATE TABLE 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
root@:26257/defaultdb> IMPORT INTO employees ( emp_no, birth_date, first_name, last_name, gender, hire_date ) CSV DATA ('https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/cockroachdb-movr/datasets/employees-db/csv/employees.csv.gz');
And we're done!
Data source setup
Now inside DataStation create a new data source in the left sidebar.
Give it a nice name so you easily can find it later. And select CockroachDB in the Vendor dropdown.
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
The database is the one we just created,
demo. The username is
demo. And there is no password.
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.
Now create a new panel and select the Database type.
Run a query
SELECT * FROM employees and hit play!
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) DM_setPanel(youngest.to_dict('record'))
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.
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Last edited Apr 10, 2022.