SELECT

Spark supports a SELECT statement and conforms to the ANSI SQL standard. Queries are used to retrieve result sets from one or more tables. The following section describes the overall query syntax and the sub-sections cover different constructs of a query along with examples.

Syntax

[ WITH with_query [ , ... ] ]
select_statement [ { UNION | INTERSECT | EXCEPT } [ ALL | DISTINCT ] select_statement, ... ]
    [ ORDER BY { expression [ ASC | DESC ] [ NULLS { FIRST | LAST } ] [ , ... ] } ]
    [ SORT BY { expression [ ASC | DESC ] [ NULLS { FIRST | LAST } ] [ , ... ] } ]
    [ CLUSTER BY { expression [ , ... ] } ]
    [ DISTRIBUTE BY { expression [, ... ] } ]
    [ WINDOW { named_window [ , WINDOW named_window, ... ] } ]
    [ LIMIT { ALL | expression } ]

While select_statement is defined as

SELECT [ hints , ... ] [ ALL | DISTINCT ] { named_expression [ , ... ] }
    FROM { from_item [ , ... ] }
    [ PIVOT clause ]
    [ LATERAL VIEW clause ] [ ... ]
    [ WHERE boolean_expression ]
    [ GROUP BY expression [ , ... ] ]
    [ HAVING boolean_expression ]

Parameters

  • with_query

    Specifies the common table expressions (CTEs) before the main query block. These table expressions are allowed to be referenced later in the FROM clause. This is useful to abstract out repeated subquery blocks in the FROM clause and improves readability of the query.

  • hints

    Hints can be specified to help spark optimizer make better planning decisions. Currently spark supports hints that influence selection of join strategies and repartitioning of the data.

  • ALL

    Select all matching rows from the relation and is enabled by default.

  • DISTINCT

    Select all matching rows from the relation after removing duplicates in results.

  • named_expression

    An expression with an assigned name. In general, it denotes a column expression.

    Syntax: expression [AS] [alias]

  • from_item

    Specifies a source of input for the query.

    • Table relation

      (Delta Lake on Databricks) In Delta Lake, you specify a relation either by specifying: delta.<path-to-table> or table_name. In addition, you can specify a time travel version using TIMESTAMP AS OF, VERSION AS OF, or @ syntax, after your table identifier. See Query an older snapshot of a table (time travel) for details.

  • PIVOT

    The PIVOT clause is used for data perspective; We can get the aggregated values based on specific column value.

  • LATERAL VIEW

    The LATERAL VIEW clause is used in conjunction with generator functions such as EXPLODE, which will generate a virtual table containing one or more rows. LATERAL VIEW will apply the rows to each original output row.

  • WHERE

    Filters the result of the FROM clause based on the supplied predicates.

  • GROUP BY

    Specifies the expressions that are used to group the rows. This is used in conjunction with aggregate functions (MIN, MAX, COUNT, SUM, AVG, etc.) to group rows based on the grouping expressions and aggregate values in each group. When a FILTER clause is attached to an aggregate function, only the matching rows are passed to that function.

  • HAVING

    Specifies the predicates by which the rows produced by GROUP BY are filtered. The HAVING clause is used to filter rows after the grouping is performed. If HAVING is specified without GROUP BY, it indicates a GROUP BY without grouping expressions (global aggregate).

  • ORDER BY

    Specifies an ordering of the rows of the complete result set of the query. The output rows are ordered across the partitions. This parameter is mutually exclusive with SORT BY, CLUSTER BY and DISTRIBUTE BY and can not be specified together.

  • SORT BY

    Specifies an ordering by which the rows are ordered within each partition. This parameter is mutually exclusive with ORDER BY and CLUSTER BY and can not be specified together.

  • CLUSTER BY

    Specifies a set of expressions that is used to repartition and sort the rows. Using this clause has the same effect of using DISTRIBUTE BY and SORT BY together.

  • DISTRIBUTE BY

    Specifies a set of expressions by which the result rows are repartitioned. This parameter is mutually exclusive with ORDER BY and CLUSTER BY and can not be specified together.

  • LIMIT

    Specifies the maximum number of rows that can be returned by a statement or subquery. This clause is mostly used in the conjunction with ORDER BY to produce a deterministic result.

  • boolean_expression

    Specifies any expression that evaluates to a result type boolean. Two or more expressions may be combined together using the logical operators ( AND, OR ).

  • expression

    Specifies a combination of one or more values, operators, and SQL functions that evaluates to a value.

  • named_window

    Specifies aliases for one or more source window specifications. The source window specifications can be referenced in the widow definitions in the query.