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Using the XML format in Amazon Glue

Amazon Glue retrieves data from sources and writes data to targets stored and transported in various data formats. If your data is stored or transported in the XML data format, this document introduces you available features for using your data in Amazon Glue.

Amazon Glue supports using the XML format. This format represents highly configurable, rigidly defined data structures that aren't row or column based. XML is highly standardized. For an introduction to the format by the standard authority, see XML Essentials.

You can use Amazon Glue to read XML files from Amazon S3, as well as bzip and gzip archives containing XML files. You configure compression behavior on the S3 connection parameters instead of in the configuration discussed on this page.

The following table shows which common Amazon Glue features support the XML format option.

Read Write Streaming read Group small files Job bookmarks
Supported Unsupported Unsupported Supported Supported

Example: Read XML from S3

The XML reader takes an XML tag name. It examines elements with that tag within its input to infer a schema and populates a DynamicFrame with corresponding values. The Amazon Glue XML functionality behaves similarly to the XML Data Source for Apache Spark. You might be able to gain insight around basic behavior by comparing this reader to that project's documentation.

Prerequisites: You will need the S3 paths (s3path) to the XML files or folders that you want to read, and some information about your XML file. You will also need the tag for the XML element you want to read, xmlTag.

Configuration: In your function options, specify format="xml". In your connection_options, use the paths key to specify s3path. You can further configure how the reader interacts with S3 in the connection_options. For details, see Connection types and options for ETL in Amazon Glue: S3 connection parameters. In your format_options, use the rowTag key to specify xmlTag. You can further configure how the reader interprets XML files in your format_options. For details, see XML Configuration Reference.

The following Amazon Glue ETL script shows the process of reading XML files or folders from S3.


For this example, use the create_dynamic_frame.from_options method.

# Example: Read XML from S3 # Set the rowTag option to configure the reader. from awsglue.context import GlueContext from pyspark.context import SparkContext sc = SparkContext.getOrCreate() glueContext = GlueContext(sc) dynamicFrame = glueContext.create_dynamic_frame.from_options( connection_type="s3", connection_options={"paths": ["s3://s3path"]}, format="xml", format_options={"rowTag": "xmlTag"}, )

You can also use DataFrames in a script (pyspark.sql.DataFrame).

dataFrame =\ .format("xml")\ .option("rowTag", "xmlTag")\ .load("s3://s3path")

For this example, use the getSourceWithFormat operation.

// Example: Read XML from S3 // Set the rowTag option to configure the reader. import import import org.apache.spark.sql.SparkSession val glueContext = new GlueContext(SparkContext.getOrCreate()) val sparkSession: SparkSession = glueContext.getSparkSession object GlueApp { def main(sysArgs: Array[String]): Unit = { val dynamicFrame = glueContext.getSourceWithFormat( formatOptions=JsonOptions("""{"rowTag": "xmlTag"}"""), connectionType="s3", format="xml", options=JsonOptions("""{"paths": ["s3://s3path"], "recurse": true}""") ).getDynamicFrame() }

You can also use DataFrames in a script (org.apache.spark.sql.DataFrame).

val dataFrame = .option("rowTag", "xmlTag") .format("xml") .load("s3://s3path“)

XML configuration reference

You can use the following format_options wherever Amazon Glue libraries specify format="xml":

  • rowTag – Specifies the XML tag in the file to treat as a row. Row tags cannot be self-closing.

    • Type: Text, Required

  • encoding – Specifies the character encoding. It can be the name or alias of a Charset supported by our runtime environment. We don't make specific guarantees around encoding support, but major encodings should work.

    • Type: Text, Default: "UTF-8"

  • excludeAttribute – Specifies whether you want to exclude attributes in elements or not.

    • Type: Boolean, Default: false

  • treatEmptyValuesAsNulls – Specifies whether to treat white space as a null value.

    • Type: Boolean, Default: false

  • attributePrefix – A prefix for attributes to differentiate them from child element text. This prefix is used for field names.

    • Type: Text, Default: "_"

  • valueTag – The tag used for a value when there are attributes in the element that have no child.

    • Type: Text, Default: "_VALUE"

  • ignoreSurroundingSpaces – Specifies whether the white space that surrounds values should be ignored.

    • Type: Boolean, Default: false

  • withSchema – Contains the expected schema, in situations where you want to override the inferred schema. If you don't use this option, Amazon Glue infers the schema from the XML data.

    • Type: Text, Default: Not applicable

    • The value should be a JSON object that represents a StructType.

Manually specify the XML schema

Manual XML schema example

This is an example of using the withSchema format option to specify the schema for XML data.

from awsglue.gluetypes import * schema = StructType([ Field("id", IntegerType()), Field("name", StringType()), Field("nested", StructType([ Field("x", IntegerType()), Field("y", StringType()), Field("z", ChoiceType([IntegerType(), StringType()])) ])) ]) datasource0 = create_dynamic_frame_from_options( connection_type, connection_options={"paths": ["s3://xml_bucket/someprefix"]}, format="xml", format_options={"withSchema": json.dumps(schema.jsonValue())}, transformation_ctx = "" )