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Import Snowflake Data

With Amplitude's Snowflake integration, you can ingest Snowflake data directly into your Amplitude project. This article walks you through the steps needed to make that happen.

Feature availability

This feature is available in all accounts, including accounts with free plans.

Other Amplitude + Snowflake integrations

This integration imports Snowflake data into Amplitude. Amplitude offers other integrations with Snowflake:


- Depending on your company's network policy, you may need add these IP addresses to your allowlist in order for Amplitude's servers to access your Snowflake instance:

Add Snowflake as a source

Time-based Import

When using the Time Based Import option, it's important that the dataset includes a separate column that indicates when the data was loaded into the table Amplitude points to when importing. This is often "server upload time", which would be separate from the "event time" (when the actual event occured).

To add Snowflake as a data source in your Amplitude project, follow these steps:

  1. In Amplitude, navigate to Data Sources, and make sure you've selected the correct project from the project list dropdown.
  2. Click I want to import data into Amplitude, then click Snowflake.
  3. Enter the required credentials for the Snowflake instance you want to connect:
    • Account: Snowflake account name. Case sensitive. This is the first part of your Snowflake URL, before Don't include "" in your account name.
    • Database: Name of the database where Amplitude can find the data.
    • Warehouse: Used by Amplitude to execute SQL.
    • Username: Used by Amplitude for authentication.
    • Password: Used by Amplitude for authentication.
  4. Copy the autogenerated SQL query and run it in Snowflake to give Amplitude the proper permissions.
  5. After running the query, click Next to test the connection.
  6. After the test is successful, click Next again to move on to the data selection stage.
  7. Choose your configuration options:

    • Type of data: This tells Amplitude whether you're ingesting event data, user property data, or group property data.
    • Type of import:
      • Full Sync: Amplitude periodically ingests the entire dataset, regardless of whether that data has already been imported. This is good for data sets where the row data changes over time, but there is no easy way to tell which rows have changed. Otherwise, the more efficient option would be a time-based import. This option isn't supported for ingesting event data.
      • Time-based: Amplitude periodically ingests the most recent rows in the data, as determined by the provided Timestamp column. The first import brings in all available data, and later imports ingest any data with timestamps after the time of the most recent import. To use this, you must include the timestamp of when the data was loaded into Snowflake. For more information on how this works, see the time-based import section.
    • Frequency: Choose from several scheduling options ranging from five minutes to one month (when this is selected, ingestion happens on the first of the month).
    • SQL query: This is the code for the query Amplitude uses to determine which data is ingested.
  8. After you've set your configuration options, click Test SQL to see how the data is coming through from your Snowflake instance. Errors appear on this screen.

  9. If there are no errors, click Finish.

You'll see a notification indicating you've successfully enabled the new Snowflake source. You'll also be redirected to the Sources listing page, where you'll see the newly created Snowflake source.

If you have any issues or questions while following this flow, contact the Amplitude team.

Time-based import

For Amplitude's time-based import option, it's best practice to use a monotonically increasing timestamp value. This value should indicate when the record was loaded into the source table the SQL configuration is querying from (often referred to as a "server upload time"). The warehouse import tool brings data into Amplitude is by continually updating the maximum value of the column referenced in the Timestamp Column Name input within the Import Config UI with each subsequent import.


Upon first import, Amplitude imports all the data returned from the query configured in the Import Config. Amplitude saves a reference of the maximum timestamp referenced in the Timestamp Column Name: timestamp_1. Upon subsequent import, Amplitude imports all data from the previously saved timestamp (timestamp_1), to what's now the new maximum timestamp (timestamp_2). After that import, Amplitude saves timestamp_2 as the new maximum timestamp.

Data fields

You must include the mandatory fields for the data type when creating the SQL query. These tables outline the mandatory and optional fields for each data type. You can include other columns beyond those listed here.


Column name (must be lowercase) Mandatory Column data type Example
user_id Yes, unless device_id is used VARCHAR
device_id Yes, unless user_id is used VARCHAR C8F9E604-F01A-4BD9
event_type Yes VARCHAR watch_tutorial
time Yes Milliseconds since epoch (Timestamp) 1396381378123
event_properties Yes VARIANT (JSON Object) {"source":"notification", "server":"host-us"}
user_properties No VARIANT (JSON Object) {"city":"chicago", "gender":"female"}
update_time_column No (Yes if using time based import) TIMESTAMP 2013-04-05 01:02:03.000

User properties

Column name (must be lowercase) Mandatory Column data type Example
user_id Yes VARCHAR
user_properties Yes VARIANT (JSON Object) {"city":"chicago", "gender":"female"}
update_time_column No (Yes if using time based import) TIMESTAMP 2013-04-05 01:02:03.000

Group properties

Column name (must be lowercase) Mandatory Column data type Example
groups Yes VARIANT (JSON Object) {"company":"amplitude", "team":["marketing", "sales"]}
group_properties Yes VARIANT (JSON Object) {"location":"seattle", "active":"true"}
update_time_column No (Yes if using time based import) TIMESTAMP 2013-04-05 01:02:03.000

Each group property in group_properties would be applied to every group in groups

SQL query examples

To make the data selection step a bit easier, here are few example SQL snippets to get you started.

Event data example

    EVENT_TYPE_COLUMN AS "event_type",
    USER_ID_COLUMN AS "user_id",

User property example

    USER_ID_COLUMN AS "user_id",

Group Property example

    GROUPS_OBJ AS "groups",
    GROUP_PROPS_OBJ AS "group_properties"

Common snippets

Creating a JSON Object:

OBJECT_CONSTRUCT('city', CITY, 'state', STATE) as "user_properties"

Converting timestamp column to milliseconds:


Converting milliseconds to timestamp needed for time based import: