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Through the Import Data page, you can upload datasets or select datasets from sources that are stored on connected datastores. From the Library page, click Import Data.




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Import Data page

General Limitations

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NOTE: For file-based sources,

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expects that each row of data in the import file is terminated with a consistent newline character, including the last one in the file.

  • For single files lacking this final newline character, the final record may be dropped.



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File and path limitations:

  • The colon character  ( :)  cannot appear in a filename or a file path.
  • Filenames cannot begin with special characters like dot ( .) or underscore( _).

Basic Workflow

1. Connect to sources

During import, the

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  • Compressed files are recognized and can be imported based on their file extensions.
  • Filenames that do not have an extension are treated as TXT files.

Upload:

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can also load files from your local file system.

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Tip: You can drag and drop files from your desktop to to upload them.


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NOTE: You can upload a file up to 1 GB in size.


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NOTE: When you upload an updated version of a previously uploaded file, the new file is stored as a separate upload altogether. In your flow, you must swap out the old dataset to point to the new one.








For more information on the supported input formats, see Supported File Formats.

2. Add datasets

When you have found your source directory or file:

  • You can hover over the name of a file to preview its contents.

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    NOTE: Preview may not be available for some sources, such as Parquet.

  • Click the Plus icon next to the directory or filename to add it as a dataset.

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    Tip: You can import multiple datasets at the same time. See below.

  • Excel files: Click the Plus icon next to the parent workbook to add all of the worksheets as a single dataset, or you can add individual sheets as individual datasets. See Import Excel Data.


3. Configure selections

When a dataset has been selected, the following fields appear on the right side of the screen. Modify as needed:

  • Dataset Name: This name appears in the interface.
  • Dataset Description: You may add an optional description that provides additional detail about the dataset. This information is visible in some areas of the interface.
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Tip: Click the Eye icon to inspect the contents of the dataset prior to importing.

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Tip: You can select a single dataset or multiple datasets for import.


Edit settings 

You can edit any additional or optional settings for an individual dataset. Perform the following:

Steps:

  1. Click Edit Settings from the card for an individual dataset in the right panel. The dialog box is displayed. 
  2. In the dialog box, select the required options and modify the settings.

4. Import selections

Single dataset

If you have selected a single dataset for import:

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Tip: If present, you can click the Add to new flow checkbox, which adds the imported datasets to an Untitled flow. For more information, see Flow View Page.

  • Click Continue. The dataset is imported. 
  • A recipe is created for it, added to a new flow, and loaded in the Transformer page for wrangling. See Transformer Page.

Multiple datasets

You can import multiple datasets from multiple sources at the same time. In the Import Data page, continue selecting sources, and additional dataset cards are added to the right panel.

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NOTE: If you are importing from multiple files at the same time, the files are not necessarily read in a regular or predictable order.


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NOTE: When you import a dataset with parameters from multiple files, only the first matching file is displayed in the right panel.

In the right panel, you can see a preview of each dataset and make changes as needed.

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Import Multiple Datasets


If you have selected multiple datasets for import:

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Tip: If present, you can click the Add to new flow checkbox, which adds the imported datasets to an Untitled flow. For more information, see Flow View Page.

  • To import the selected datasets, click Continue

    • To begin transforming one of these datasets in Flow View, select it. From its context menu, select Add new recipe. Select the recipe. In the context panel on the right, select Edit Recipe. See Transformer Page.

  • To remove a dataset from import, click the X in the dataset card.