Query Apache ORC Files

You can use BlazingSQL to SQL query ORC files.

BlazingSQL relies on cuIO io when reading files, which means we can leverage numerous features, such as inferring column names through a header row and data types through a sampling method.

Creating a Table off of a ORC has never been easier.

bc.create_table('table_name', '...file_path/table.orc')

That’s all there is to it.


  • table_name - string. Required. Name of the table you are creating.

  • file_path - string. Required. Location of the file you are creating a table off of.

  • file_format - string. Optional. A string describing the file format ("csv", "orc", "parquet"). This field must only be set if the files do not have an extension. Default: the engine will infer the file format by the extension.

  • skiprows - integer. Optional. The number of rows to skip from the start of the file. Default: 0.

  • stripes - integer. Optional. Only the stripe with the specified index will be read. Default: 1.


You can create a table off of multiple ORC files if they share the same schema. For now, you need a List of all the ORC files.

# Multiple listed files with same schema

File paths provided must be absolute file paths, but they can contain a wildcard in the filename. If a wildcard is used in the file name, then the table will contain the data from all the files that match that file name. File paths can also point to a directory, in which the table will contain the data from all the files in that directory. In any case that a table is created from multiple files, all files must have the same data schema.

# multiple files via wildcard
bc.create_table('table_name', '<file_path>/table_*.orc')
# All files in a directory
bc.create_table('table_name', '<directory_path>/')