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Databricks Import

Amplitude's Databricks import source enables you to import data from Databricks to your Amplitude account. Databricks import uses the Databricks Change Data Feed feature to securely access and extract live data from your Databricks workspace.


This feature is in Beta. Amplitude may make changes to this feature without prior notification. For help, contact Amplitude Support.


  • Import all data types, including events, user properties, and group properties.
  • Support for delta sync, to ensure Amplitude imports only new or changed data.
  • For event data, Amplitude imports rows with an insert operation.
  • For user properties and group properties, Amplitude imports rows with insert or update operations.
  • Amplitude ignores rows with delete operations for all data types.
  • Create joins to import data from multiple tables.


  • User Look-Up page won't be able to display most recent 100 events ingested through this feature yet

For guided instructions to setting up this integration, view the Loom video.

Configure Databricks

Before you start to configure the Databricks source in Amplitude, complete the following tasks in Databricks.

Find or create an all-purpose compute cluster

Amplitude creates workflows in this cluster on your behalf to start sync jobs. When complete, copy the Server hostname and Http path values to use in a later step. Find both values on the Configuration -> JDBC/ODBC tab. For more information about cluster types, see Compute.

Ensure that the new cluster can run jobs by NOT having configs below in cluster's policy. See details in Databricks' article Policy definition.

"": {
    "type": "fixed",
    "value": false


Amplitude's Databricks import supports authentication with personal access tokens for Databricks workspace users, or personal access tokens for Service Principals. Choose Workspace User authentication for faster setup, or Service Principal authentication for finer grained control. For more information, see Databrick's article Authentication for Databricks Automation

Get a personal access token (PAT) for the workspace user

Amplitude's Databricks import uses Personal Access Tokens to authenticate. For the quickest setup, create a PAT for your workspace user in Databricks. For more information, see Databricks' article Personal Access Tokens for Workspace Users

Create a personal access token (PAT) service principal (optional)

Amplitude recommends that you create a service principal in Databricks to allow for more granular control of access.

  1. Follow the Databricks instructions to create a service principal in Databricks | OAuth machine-to-machine (M2M) authentication. Copy the UUID for use in a later step.
  2. Generate a PAT on this Service Principal.

The service principal you created above requires the following permissions in Databricks:

Permission Reason Location in Databricks
Workspace Grants access to your Databricks workspace. Workspace → → Permissions → Add permissions
Add the service principal you create with the User permission, click Save.
Table Grants access to list tables and read data. Catalog → pick the catalog→ Permissions → Grant
Select the Data Reader permission (USE CATALOG, USE SCHEMA, EXECUTE, READ VOLUME, SELECT).
Cluster Grants access to connect to the cluster and run workflows on your behalf Compute → All-purpose compute → Edit Permission
Add the Add Can Attach To permission to the service principal.
Export Enables the service principal to unload your data through spark and export it to S3. Run the SQL commands below in any notebook.
Databricks Export permission commands
GRANT MODIFY ON ANY FILE TO `<service_principal_uuid>`;
GRANT SELECT ON ANY FILE TO `<service_principal_uuid>`;

Enable CDF on your table(s)

Amplitude uses Databricks' Change Data Feed to continuously import data. To enable CDF on a Databricks table, see Databricks | Enable change data feed

Configure the Amplitude Databricks source

To add Databricks as a source in Amplitude, complete the following steps.

Connect to Databricks

  1. In Amplitude Data, click Catalog and navigate to the Sources tab.
  2. Search for Databricks.
  3. On the Credentials tab of the Connect Databricks screen, enter the credentials you configured during the Databricks configuration:
    • Server Hostname
    • HTTP Path
    • Personal Access Token (for the workspace user or Service Principal)
  4. Click Next to verify access.

Select data to import

  1. Select the Databricks table(s) from which Amplitude pulls data.
  2. Select the version of the table(s) that Amplitude imports from. Select First or Latest.
  3. Select the data type to import from the selected table(s). The Databricks source supports three data types.

    • Event
    • User properties
    • Group properties

    For the Event data type, optionally select Sync User Properties or Sync Group Properties to sync the selected data types within an event.

  4. Set the sync frequency. This frequency determines the interval at which Amplitude pulls data from Databricks.

  5. Configure the SQL command that transforms data in Databricks before Amplitude imports it.

    • Amplitude treats each record in the SQL execution as an event to be import. See the Example body in the Batch Event Upload API documentation to ensure each record you import complies.
    • Amplitude can transform / import from only the tables you specify in step 1 above.
    • The table names you reference in the SQL command must match exactly the name of the table you select in step 1. For example, if you select catalog.schema.table1, use that exact value in the SQL.
    Sample SQL command
        unix_millis(current_timestamp())                                       as time,
        id                                                                     as user_id,
        "demo"                                                                 as event_type,
        named_struct('name', name, 'home', home, 'age', age, 'income', income) as user_properties,
        named_struct('group_type1', ARRAY("group_A", "group_B"))               as groups,
        named_struct('group_property', "group_property_value")                 as group_properties
    from catalog.schema.table1;
  6. After you add the SQL, click Test SQL. Amplitude runs a test against your Databricks instance to ensure the SQL is valid. Click Next.

  7. Enter a descriptive name for this instance of the source.
  8. The source appears in your workspace's Sources list.

Verify data import

Events that Amplitude imports assume the name you assign in your SQL statement. In the example above, the events have the name demo

To verify the data coming into Amplitude:

  • Navigate to the Performance tab of the source instance
  • View the Events page of your Tracking Plan
  • Create a Segmentation chart that filters on the event name you specify.

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