awswrangler.s3.read_parquet_metadata(path: Union[str, List[str]], version_id: Optional[Union[str, Dict[str, str]]] = None, path_suffix: Optional[str] = None, path_ignore_suffix: Optional[str] = None, ignore_empty: bool = True, ignore_null: bool = False, dtype: Optional[Dict[str, str]] = None, sampling: float = 1.0, dataset: bool = False, use_threads: Union[bool, int] = True, boto3_session: Optional[Session] = None, s3_additional_kwargs: Optional[Dict[str, Any]] = None, pyarrow_additional_kwargs: Optional[Dict[str, Any]] = None) Any

Read Apache Parquet file(s) metadata from a received S3 prefix or list of S3 objects paths.

The concept of Dataset goes beyond the simple idea of files and enable more complex features like partitioning and catalog integration (AWS Glue Catalog).

This function accepts Unix shell-style wildcards in the path argument. * (matches everything), ? (matches any single character), [seq] (matches any character in seq), [!seq] (matches any character not in seq). If you want to use a path which includes Unix shell-style wildcard characters (*, ?, []), you can use glob.escape(path) before passing the path to this function.


In case of use_threads=True the number of threads that will be spawned will be gotten from os.cpu_count().


This function has arguments which can be configured globally through wr.config or environment variables:

Check out the Global Configurations Tutorial for details.

  • path (Union[str, List[str]]) – S3 prefix (accepts Unix shell-style wildcards) (e.g. s3://bucket/prefix) or list of S3 objects paths (e.g. [s3://bucket/key0, s3://bucket/key1]).

  • version_id (Optional[Union[str, Dict[str, str]]]) – Version id of the object or mapping of object path to version id. (e.g. {‘s3://bucket/key0’: ‘121212’, ‘s3://bucket/key1’: ‘343434’})

  • path_suffix (Union[str, List[str], None]) – Suffix or List of suffixes to be read (e.g. [“.gz.parquet”, “.snappy.parquet”]). If None, will try to read all files. (default)

  • path_ignore_suffix (Union[str, List[str], None]) – Suffix or List of suffixes for S3 keys to be ignored.(e.g. [“.csv”, “_SUCCESS”]). If None, will try to read all files. (default)

  • ignore_empty (bool) – Ignore files with 0 bytes.

  • ignore_null (bool) – Ignore columns with null type.

  • dtype (Dict[str, str], optional) – Dictionary of columns names and Athena/Glue types to be casted. Useful when you have columns with undetermined data types as partitions columns. (e.g. {‘col name’: ‘bigint’, ‘col2 name’: ‘int’})

  • sampling (float) – Random sample ratio of files that will have the metadata inspected. Must be 0.0 < sampling <= 1.0. The higher, the more accurate. The lower, the faster.

  • dataset (bool) – If True read a parquet dataset instead of simple file(s) loading all the related partitions as columns.

  • use_threads (bool, int) – True to enable concurrent requests, False to disable multiple threads. If enabled os.cpu_count() will be used as the max number of threads. If integer is provided, specified number is used.

  • boto3_session (boto3.Session(), optional) – Boto3 Session. The default boto3 session will be used if boto3_session receive None.

  • s3_additional_kwargs (Optional[Dict[str, Any]]) – Forward to botocore requests, only “SSECustomerAlgorithm” and “SSECustomerKey” arguments will be considered.

  • pyarrow_additional_kwargs (Optional[Dict[str, Any]]) – Forward kwargs to parquet reader currently only excepts “coerce_int96_timestamp_unit”. Which can be used to cast deprecated Parquet INT96 into a specified timestamp unit (e.g. “ms”).


columns_types: Dictionary with keys as column names and values as data types (e.g. {‘col0’: ‘bigint’, ‘col1’: ‘double’}). / partitions_types: Dictionary with keys as partition names and values as data types (e.g. {‘col2’: ‘date’}).

Return type

Tuple[Dict[str, str], Optional[Dict[str, str]]]


Reading all Parquet files (with partitions) metadata under a prefix

>>> import awswrangler as wr
>>> columns_types, partitions_types = wr.s3.read_parquet_metadata(path='s3://bucket/prefix/', dataset=True)

Reading all Parquet files metadata from a list

>>> import awswrangler as wr
>>> columns_types, partitions_types = wr.s3.read_parquet_metadata(path=[
...     's3://bucket/filename0.parquet',
...     's3://bucket/filename1.parquet'
... ])