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Python support for Parquet file format

Project description

fastparquet is a python implementation of the parquet format, aiming integrate into python-based big data work-flows.

Not all parts of the parquet-format have been implemented yet or tested e.g. see the Todos linked below. With that said, fastparquet is capable of reading all the data files from the parquet-compatability project.


Details of this project can be found in the documentation.

The original plan listing expected features can be found in this issue. Please feel free to comment on that list as to missing items and priorities, or raise new issues with bugs or requests.


(all development is against recent versions in the default anaconda channels)


  • numba (requires LLVM 4.0.x)

  • numpy

  • pandas

  • cython

  • six

Optional (compression algorithms; gzip is always available):

  • snappy (aka python-snappy)

  • lzo

  • brotli

  • lz4

  • zstandard


Install using conda:

conda install -c conda-forge fastparquet

install from pypi:

pip install fastparquet

or install latest version from github:

pip install git+

For the pip methods, numba must have been previously installed (using conda).



from fastparquet import ParquetFile
pf = ParquetFile('myfile.parq')
df = pf.to_pandas()
df2 = pf.to_pandas(['col1', 'col2'], categories=['col1'])

You may specify which columns to load, which of those to keep as categoricals (if the data uses dictionary encoding). The file-path can be a single file, a metadata file pointing to other data files, or a directory (tree) containing data files. The latter is what is typically output by hive/spark.


from fastparquet import write
write('outfile.parq', df)
write('outfile2.parq', df, row_group_offsets=[0, 10000, 20000],
      compression='GZIP', file_scheme='hive')

The default is to produce a single output file with a single row-group (i.e., logical segment) and no compression. At the moment, only simple data-types and plain encoding are supported, so expect performance to be similar to numpy.savez.


Since early October 2016, this fork of parquet-python has been undergoing considerable redevelopment. The aim is to have a small and simple and performant library for reading and writing the parquet format from python.

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