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Glue crawler json parsing


I am currently trying to parse a nested json file that looks like this:

{"A":1,"B":{"B1":"test1","B2":"test1"}}, {"A":2,"B":{"B1":"test2","B2":"test2"}}

I specified classifier as: $.B

This results in the following table:

CREATE EXTERNAL TABLE testing( B1 string COMMENT 'from deserializer', B2 string COMMENT 'from deserializer') ROW FORMAT SERDE '' WITH SERDEPROPERTIES ( 'paths'='B1,B2') STORED AS INPUTFORMAT ...

But when I query the data I get 2 records with null values for all fields. Can someone please explain what is going on? Why isn't the data showing up when the structure for the table seems to be ok.

asked 25 days ago53 views
1 Answers


Looks like the issue is with the property jsonPath which gets added by the AWS glue crawler to the table properties when you attach a custom JSON classifier. When you query this table using AWS Athena with the JSON serde , it is not able to understand this property and hence it might not be able to parse the JSON data resulting in empty rows.

I would suggest you to check on this blog for querying nested JSON data using AWS Athena.

However, a Glue ETL job is able to read the table and display the output successfully !!


AWS Athena JSON serde reference

answered 20 days ago

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