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Snowflake Snowpark for Python

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Snowflake Snowpark Python API

The Snowpark library provides intuitive APIs for querying and processing data in a data pipeline. Using this library, you can build applications that process data in Snowflake without having to move data to the system where your application code runs.

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Getting started

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Create a Python virtual environment

Python 3.8 is required. You can use miniconda, anaconda, or virtualenv to create a Python 3.8 virtual environment.

To have the best experience when using it with UDFs, creating a local conda environment with the Snowflake channel is recommended.

Install the library to the Python virtual environment

pip install snowflake-snowpark-python

Optionally, you need to install pandas in the same environment if you want to use pandas-related features:

pip install "snowflake-snowpark-python[pandas]"

Create a session and use the APIs

from snowflake.snowpark import Session

connection_parameters = {
  "account": "<your snowflake account>",
  "user": "<your snowflake user>",
  "password": "<your snowflake password>",
  "role": "<snowflake user role>",
  "warehouse": "<snowflake warehouse>",
  "database": "<snowflake database>",
  "schema": "<snowflake schema>"

session = Session.builder.configs(connection_parameters).create()
df = session.create_dataframe([[1, 2], [3, 4]], schema=["a", "b"])
df = df.filter(df.a > 1)
pandas_df = df.to_pandas()  # this requires pandas installed in the Python environment
result = df.collect()


The Developer Guide and API references have basic sample code. Snowflake-Labs has more curated demos.


Configure logging level for snowflake.snowpark for Snowpark Python API logs. Snowpark uses the Snowflake Python Connector. So you may also want to configure the logging level for snowflake.connector when the error is in the Python Connector. For instance,

import logging
for logger_name in ('snowflake.snowpark', 'snowflake.connector'):
    logger = logging.getLogger(logger_name)
    ch = logging.StreamHandler()
    ch.setFormatter(logging.Formatter('%(asctime)s - %(threadName)s %(filename)s:%(lineno)d - %(funcName)s() - %(levelname)s - %(message)s'))


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Release History

0.8.0 (2022-07-22)

New Features:

  • Added keyword only argument statement_params to the following methods to allow for specifying statement level parameters:
    • collect, to_local_iterator, to_pandas, to_pandas_batches, count, copy_into_table, show, create_or_replace_view, create_or_replace_temp_view, first, cache_result and random_split on class snowflake.snowpark.Dateframe.
    • update, delete and merge on class snowflake.snowpark.Table.
    • save_as_table and copy_into_location on class snowflake.snowpark.DataFrameWriter.
    • approx_quantile, statement_params, cov and crosstab on class snowflake.snowpark.DataFrameStatFunctions.
    • register and register_from_file on class snowflake.snowpark.udf.UDFRegistration.
    • register and register_from_file on class snowflake.snowpark.udtf.UDTFRegistration.
    • register and register_from_file on class snowflake.snowpark.stored_procedure.StoredProcedureRegistration.
    • udf, udtf and sproc in snowflake.snowpark.functions.
  • Added support for Column as an input argument to
  • Added support for table_type in df.write.save_as_table(). You can now choose from these table_type options: "temporary", "temp", and "transient".


  • Added validation of object name in session.use_* methods.
  • Updated the query tag in SQL to escape it when it has special characters.
  • Added a check to see if Anaconda terms are acknowledged when adding missing packages.

Bug Fixes:

  • Fixed the limited length of the string column in session.create_dataframe().
  • Fixed a bug in which session.create_dataframe() mistakenly converted 0 and False to None when the input data was only a list.
  • Fixed a bug in which calling session.create_dataframe() using a large local dataset sometimes created a temp table twice.
  • Aligned the definition of function.trim() with the SQL function definition.
  • Fixed an issue where snowpark-python would hang when using the Python system-defined (built-in function) sum vs. the Snowpark function.sum().

0.7.0 (2022-05-25)

New Features:

  • Added support for user-defined table functions (UDTFs).
    • Use function snowflake.snowpark.functions.udtf() to register a UDTF, or use it as a decorator to register the UDTF.
      • You can also use Session.udtf.register() to register a UDTF.
    • Use Session.udtf.register_from_file() to register a UDTF from a Python file.
  • Updated APIs to query a table function, including both Snowflake built-in table functions and UDTFs.
    • Use function snowflake.snowpark.functions.table_function() to create a callable representing a table function and use it to call the table function in a query.
    • Alternatively, use function snowflake.snowpark.functions.call_table_function() to call a table function.
    • Added support for over clause that specifies partition by and order by when lateral joining a table function.
    • Updated Session.table_function() and DataFrame.join_table_function() to accept TableFunctionCall instances.

Breaking Changes:

  • When creating a function with functions.udf() and functions.sproc(), you can now specify an empty list for the imports or packages argument to indicate that no import or package is used for this UDF or stored procedure. Previously, specifying an empty list meant that the function would use session-level imports or packages.
  • Improved the __repr__ implementation of data types in The unused type_name property has been removed.
  • Added a Snowpark-specific exception class for SQL errors. This replaces the previous ProgrammingError from the Python connector.


  • Added a lock to a UDF or UDTF when it is called for the first time per thread.
  • Improved the error message for pickling errors that occurred during UDF creation.
  • Included the query ID when logging the failed query.

Bug Fixes:

  • Fixed a bug in which non-integral data (such as timestamps) was occasionally converted to integer when calling DataFrame.to_pandas().
  • Fixed a bug in which DataFrameReader.parquet() failed to read a parquet file when its column contained spaces.
  • Fixed a bug in which DataFrame.copy_into_table() failed when the dataframe is created by reading a file with inferred schemas.


Session.flatten() and DataFrame.flatten().

Dependency Updates:

  • Restricted the version of cloudpickle <= 2.0.0.

0.6.0 (2022-04-27)

New Features:

  • Added support for vectorized UDFs with the input as a Pandas DataFrame or Pandas Series and the output as a Pandas Series. This improves the performance of UDFs in Snowpark.
  • Added support for inferring the schema of a DataFrame by default when it is created by reading a Parquet, Avro, or ORC file in the stage.
  • Added functions current_session(), current_statement(), current_user(), current_version(), current_warehouse(), date_from_parts(), date_trunc(), dayname(), dayofmonth(), dayofweek(), dayofyear(), grouping(), grouping_id(), hour(), last_day(), minute(), next_day(), previous_day(), second(), month(), monthname(), quarter(), year(), current_database(), current_role(), current_schema(), current_schemas(), current_region(), current_avaliable_roles(), add_months(), any_value(), bitnot(), bitshiftleft(), bitshiftright(), convert_timezone(), uniform(), strtok_to_array(), sysdate(), time_from_parts(), timestamp_from_parts(), timestamp_ltz_from_parts(), timestamp_ntz_from_parts(), timestamp_tz_from_parts(), weekofyear(), percentile_cont() to snowflake.snowflake.functions.

Breaking Changes:

  • Expired deprecations:
    • Removed the following APIs that were deprecated in 0.4.0: DataFrame.groupByGroupingSets(), DataFrame.naturalJoin(), DataFrame.joinTableFunction, DataFrame.withColumns(), Session.getImports(), Session.addImport(), Session.removeImport(), Session.clearImports(), Session.getSessionStage(), Session.getDefaultDatabase(), Session.getDefaultSchema(), Session.getCurrentDatabase(), Session.getCurrentSchema(), Session.getFullyQualifiedCurrentSchema().


  • Added support for creating an empty DataFrame with a specific schema using the Session.create_dataframe() method.
  • Changed the logging level from INFO to DEBUG for several logs (e.g., the executed query) when evaluating a dataframe.
  • Improved the error message when failing to create a UDF due to pickle errors.

Bug Fixes:

  • Removed pandas hard dependencies in the Session.create_dataframe() method.

Dependency Updates:

  • Added typing-extension as a new dependency with the version >= 4.1.0.

0.5.0 (2022-03-22)

New Features

  • Added stored procedures API.
    • Added Session.sproc property and sproc() to snowflake.snowpark.functions, so you can register stored procedures.
    • Added to call stored procedures by name.
  • Added UDFRegistration.register_from_file() to allow registering UDFs from Python source files or zip files directly.
  • Added UDFRegistration.describe() to describe a UDF.
  • Added DataFrame.random_split() to provide a way to randomly split a dataframe.
  • Added functions md5(), sha1(), sha2(), ascii(), initcap(), length(), lower(), lpad(), ltrim(), rpad(), rtrim(), repeat(), soundex(), regexp_count(), replace(), charindex(), collate(), collation(), insert(), left(), right(), endswith() to snowflake.snowpark.functions.
  • Allowed call_udf() to accept literal values.
  • Provided a distinct keyword in array_agg().

Bug Fixes:

  • Fixed an issue that caused DataFrame.to_pandas() to have a string column if Column.cast(IntegerType()) was used.
  • Fixed a bug in DataFrame.describe() when there is more than one string column.

0.4.0 (2022-02-15)

New Features

  • You can now specify which Anaconda packages to use when defining UDFs.
    • Added add_packages(), get_packages(), clear_packages(), and remove_package(), to class Session.
    • Added add_requirements() to Session so you can use a requirements file to specify which packages this session will use.
    • Added parameter packages to function snowflake.snowpark.functions.udf() and method UserDefinedFunction.register() to indicate UDF-level Anaconda package dependencies when creating a UDF.
    • Added parameter imports to snowflake.snowpark.functions.udf() and UserDefinedFunction.register() to specify UDF-level code imports.
  • Added a parameter session to function udf() and UserDefinedFunction.register() so you can specify which session to use to create a UDF if you have multiple sessions.
  • Added types Geography and Variant to snowflake.snowpark.types to be used as type hints for Geography and Variant data when defining a UDF.
  • Added support for Geography geoJSON data.
  • Added Table, a subclass of DataFrame for table operations:
    • Methods update and delete update and delete rows of a table in Snowflake.
    • Method merge merges data from a DataFrame to a Table.
    • Override method DataFrame.sample() with an additional parameter seed, which works on tables but not on view and sub-queries.
  • Added DataFrame.to_local_iterator() and DataFrame.to_pandas_batches() to allow getting results from an iterator when the result set returned from the Snowflake database is too large.
  • Added DataFrame.cache_result() for caching the operations performed on a DataFrame in a temporary table. Subsequent operations on the original DataFrame have no effect on the cached result DataFrame.
  • Added property DataFrame.queries to get SQL queries that will be executed to evaluate the DataFrame.
  • Added Session.query_history() as a context manager to track SQL queries executed on a session, including all SQL queries to evaluate DataFrames created from a session. Both query ID and query text are recorded.
  • You can now create a Session instance from an existing established snowflake.connector.SnowflakeConnection. Use parameter connection in Session.builder.configs().
  • Added use_database(), use_schema(), use_warehouse(), and use_role() to class Session to switch database/schema/warehouse/role after a session is created.
  • Added DataFrameWriter.copy_into_table() to unload a DataFrame to stage files.
  • Added DataFrame.unpivot().
  • Added Column.within_group() for sorting the rows by columns with some aggregation functions.
  • Added functions listagg(), mode(), div0(), acos(), asin(), atan(), atan2(), cos(), cosh(), sin(), sinh(), tan(), tanh(), degrees(), radians(), round(), trunc(), and factorial() to snowflake.snowflake.functions.
  • Added an optional argument ignore_nulls in function lead() and lag().
  • The condition parameter of function when() and iff() now accepts SQL expressions.


  • All function and method names have been renamed to use the snake case naming style, which is more Pythonic. For convenience, some camel case names are kept as aliases to the snake case APIs. It is recommended to use the snake case APIs.
    • Deprecated these methods on class Session and replaced them with their snake case equivalents: getImports(), addImports(), removeImport(), clearImports(), getSessionStage(), getDefaultSchema(), getDefaultSchema(), getCurrentDatabase(), getFullyQualifiedCurrentSchema().
    • Deprecated these methods on class DataFrame and replaced them with their snake case equivalents: groupingByGroupingSets(), naturalJoin(), withColumns(), joinTableFunction().
  • Property DataFrame.columns is now consistent with DataFrame.schema.names and the Snowflake database Identifier Requirements.
  • Column.__bool__() now raises a TypeError. This will ban the use of logical operators and, or, not on Column object, for instance col("a") > 1 and col("b") > 2 will raise the TypeError. Use (col("a") > 1) & (col("b") > 2) instead.
  • Changed PutResult and GetResult to subclass NamedTuple.
  • Fixed a bug which raised an error when the local path or stage location has a space or other special characters.
  • Changed DataFrame.describe() so that non-numeric and non-string columns are ignored instead of raising an exception.

Dependency updates

  • Updated snowflake-connector-python to 2.7.4.

0.3.0 (2022-01-09)

New Features

  • Added Column.isin(), with an alias Column.in_().
  • Added Column.try_cast(), which is a special version of cast(). It tries to cast a string expression to other types and returns null if the cast is not possible.
  • Added Column.startswith() and Column.substr() to process string columns.
  • Column.cast() now also accepts a str value to indicate the cast type in addition to a DataType instance.
  • Added DataFrame.describe() to summarize stats of a DataFrame.
  • Added DataFrame.explain() to print the query plan of a DataFrame.
  • DataFrame.filter() and DataFrame.select_expr() now accepts a sql expression.
  • Added a new bool parameter create_temp_table to methods DataFrame.saveAsTable() and Session.write_pandas() to optionally create a temp table.
  • Added DataFrame.minus() and DataFrame.subtract() as aliases to DataFrame.except_().
  • Added regexp_replace(), concat(), concat_ws(), to_char(), current_timestamp(), current_date(), current_time(), months_between(), cast(), try_cast(), greatest(), least(), and hash() to module snowflake.snowpark.functions.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue where Session.createDataFrame(pandas_df) and Session.write_pandas(pandas_df) raise an exception when the Pandas DataFrame has spaces in the column name.
  • DataFrame.copy_into_table() sometimes prints an error level log entry while it actually works. It's fixed now.
  • Fixed an API docs issue where some DataFrame APIs are missing from the docs.

Dependency updates

0.2.0 (2021-12-02)

New Features

  • Updated the Session.createDataFrame() method for creating a DataFrame from a Pandas DataFrame.
  • Added the Session.write_pandas() method for writing a Pandas DataFrame to a table in Snowflake and getting a Snowpark DataFrame object back.
  • Added new classes and methods for calling window functions.
  • Added the new functions cume_dist(), to find the cumulative distribution of a value with regard to other values within a window partition, and row_number(), which returns a unique row number for each row within a window partition.
  • Added functions for computing statistics for DataFrames in the DataFrameStatFunctions class.
  • Added functions for handling missing values in a DataFrame in the DataFrameNaFunctions class.
  • Added new methods rollup(), cube(), and pivot() to the DataFrame class.
  • Added the GroupingSets class, which you can use with the DataFrame groupByGroupingSets method to perform a SQL GROUP BY GROUPING SETS.
  • Added the new FileOperation(session) class that you can use to upload and download files to and from a stage.
  • Added the DataFrame.copy_into_table() method for loading data from files in a stage into a table.
  • In CASE expressions, the functions when() and otherwise() now accept Python types in addition to Column objects.
  • When you register a UDF you can now optionally set the replace parameter to True to overwrite an existing UDF with the same name.


  • UDFs are now compressed before they are uploaded to the server. This makes them about 10 times smaller, which can help when you are using large ML model files.
  • When the size of a UDF is less than 8196 bytes, it will be uploaded as in-line code instead of uploaded to a stage.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue where the statement"a") == 1, 4).otherwise(col("a"))), [Row(4), Row(2), Row(3)] raised an exception.
  • Fixed an issue where df.toPandas() raised an exception when a DataFrame was created from large local data.

0.1.0 (2021-10-26)

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