Reusing query results - Amazon Athena
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Reusing query results

When you re-run a query in Athena, you can optionally choose to reuse the last stored query result. This option can increase performance and reduce costs in terms of the number of bytes scanned. Reusing query results is useful if, for example, you know that the results will not change within a given time frame. You can specify a maximum age for reusing query results. Athena uses the stored result as long as it is not older than the age that you specify. For more information, see Reduce cost and improve query performance with Amazon Athena in the Amazon Big Data Blog.


The query result reuse feature requires Athena engine version 3. For information about changing engine versions, see Changing Athena engine versions.

Key features

  • Reusing query results is a per-query, opt-in feature. You can enable query result reuse on a per query basis.

  • The maximum age for reusing query results can be specified in minutes, hours, or days. The maximum age specifiable is the equivalent of 7 days regardless of the time unit used. The default is 60 minutes.

  • When you enable result reuse for a query, Athena looks for a previous execution of the query within the same workgroup. If Athena finds corresponding stored query results, it does not rerun the query, but points to the previous result location or fetches data from it.

  • For any query that enables the results reuse option, Athena reuses the last query result saved to the workgroup folder only when all the following conditions are true:

    • The query string is an exact match.

    • The database and the catalog name match.

    • The previous result is not older than the maximum age specified, or not older than 60 minutes if a maximum age has not been specified.

    • Athena only reuses an execution that has the exact same result configuration as the current execution.

    • You have access to all the tables referenced in the query.

    • You have access to the S3 file location where the previous result is stored.

If any of these conditions are not met, Athena runs the query without using the cached results.

Considerations and limitations

When using the query result reuse feature, keep in mind the following points:

  • Athena reuses query results only within the same workgroup.

  • The reuse query results feature respects workgroup configurations. If you override the result configuration for a query, the feature is disabled.

  • Apache Hive, Apache Hudi, Apache Iceberg, and Linux Foundation Delta Lake tables registered with Amazon Glue are supported. External Hive metastores are not supported.

  • Queries that reference federated catalogs or an external Hive metastore are not supported.

  • Query result reuse is not supported for Lake Formation governed tables.

  • Query result reuse is not supported when the Amazon S3 location of the table source is registered as a data location in Lake Formation.

  • Tables with row and column permissions are not supported.

  • Tables that have fine grained access control (for example, column or row filtering) are not supported.

  • Any query that references an unsupported table is not eligible for query result reuse.

  • Athena requires that you have Amazon S3 read permissions for the previously generated output file to be reused.

  • The reuse query results feature assumes that content of previous result has not been modified. Athena does not check the integrity of a previous result before using it.

  • If the query results from the previous execution have been deleted or moved to different location in Amazon S3, the subsequent execution of the same query will not reuse the query results.

  • Potentially stale results can be returned. Athena does not check for changes in source data until the maximum reuse age that you specify has been reached.

  • If multiple results are available for reuse, Athena uses the latest result.

  • Queries that use non-deterministic operators or functions like rand() or shuffle() do not use cached results. For example, LIMIT without ORDER BY is non-deterministic and not cached, but LIMIT with ORDER BY is deterministic and is cached.

  • Query result reuse is supported in the Athena console, in the Athena API, and in the JDBC driver. Currently, ODBC driver support for query result reuse is available only for Windows.

  • To use the query result reuse feature with JDBC, the minimum required driver version is For ODBC, the minimum required driver version is For driver download information, see Connecting to Amazon Athena with ODBC and JDBC drivers.

  • Query result reuse is not supported for queries that use more than one data catalog.

  • Query result reuse is not supported for queries that include more than 20 tables.

Reusing query results in the Athena console

To use the feature, enable the Reuse query results option in the Athena query editor.

Enable Reuse query results in the Athena query editor.
To configure the reuse query results feature
  1. In the Athena query editor, under the Reuse query results option, choose the edit icon next to up to 60 minutes ago.

  2. In the Edit reuse time dialog box, from the box on the right, choose a time unit (minutes, hours, or days).

  3. In the box on the left, enter or choose the number of time units that you want to specify. The maximum time you can enter is the equivalent of seven days regardless of the time unit chosen.

    Configuring the maximum age for reusing query results.

    The following example specifies a maximum reuse time of two days.

    Query result reuse configured for a maximum of two days.
  4. Choose Confirm.

    A banner confirms your configuration change, and the Reuse query results option displays your new setting.

    New reuse query results setting in the Athena query editor.