awswrangler.s3.read_parquet_metadata(path: Union[str, List[str]], dtype: Optional[Dict[str, str]] = None, sampling: float = 1.0, dataset: bool = False, use_threads: bool = True, boto3_session: Optional[boto3.session.Session] = None) → Tuple[Dict[str, str], Optional[Dict[str, str]]]

Read Apache Parquet file(s) metadata from 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).


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

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

  • 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) – True to enable concurrent requests, False to disable multiple threads. If enabled os.cpu_count() will be used as the max number of threads.

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


columns_types: Dictionary with keys as column names and vales 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'
... ])