Bulk import for YSQL
This page describes the following steps to manually migrate PostgreSQL data and applications to YugabyteDB after exporting PostgreSQL data.
Prepare a cluster
This section outlines some of the important considerations before loading data into the cluster.
Separate DDL schema from data
It is recommended to run the DDL schema generation first before loading the data exports. This is essential to ensure that the tables are properly created ahead of starting to use them.
Order data by primary key
The data should be ordered by the primary key when it is being imported if possible. Importing a data set that is ordered by the primary key is typically much faster because the data being loaded will all get written to a node as a larger batch of rows, as opposed to writing a few rows across multiple nodes.
Multiple parallel imports
It is more efficient if the source data being imported is split into multiple files, so that these files can be imported in parallel across the nodes of the cluster. This can be done by running multiple
COPY commands in parallel. For example, a large CSV data file should be split into multiple smaller CSV files.
Programmatic batch inserts
Following are some recommendations when performing batch loads of data programmatically.
Use multi-row inserts to do the batching. This would require setting certain properties based on the driver being used. For example, with the JDBC driver with Java, set the following property to use multi-row inserts: reWriteBatchedInserts=true
Use a batch size of 128 when using multi-row batch inserts.
EXECUTEparadigm instead of inlining literals to avoid statement reparsing overhead.
To ensure optimal utilization of all nodes across the cluster by balancing the load, uniformly distribute the SQL statements across all nodes in the cluster.
It may be necessary to increase the parallelism of the load in certain scenarios. For example, in the case of a loader using a single thread to load data, it may not be possible to utilize a large cluster optimally. In these cases, it may be necessary to increase the number of threads or run multiple loaders in parallel.
INSERT .. ON CONFLICTstatements are not yet fully optimized as of YugabyteDB v2.2, so it is recommended to use basic
INSERTstatements if possible.
Indexes during data load
As of YugabyteDB v2.2, it is recommended to create indexes before loading the data.
NoteThis recommendation is subject to change in the near future with the introduction of online index rebuilds, which enables creating indexes after loading all the data.
Disable constraints and triggers temporarily
While loading data that is exported from another RDBMS, the source data set may not necessarily need to be checked for relational integrity because this was already performed when inserting into the source database. In such cases, disable checks such as FOREIGN KEY constraints, as well as triggers if possible. This would reduce the number of steps the database needs to perform while inserting data, which would speed up data loading.
Import PostgreSQL data
Migrate using YugabyteDB VoyagerTo automate your migration from PostgreSQL to YugabyteDB, use YugabyteDB Voyager. To learn more, refer to the import schema and import data steps.
Import data from CSV files
To import data that was previously exported into CSV files, use the
COPY FROM command as follows:
COPY <table_name> FROM '<table_name>.csv' WITH (FORMAT CSV DELIMITER ',', HEADER, DISABLE_FK_CHECK);
In the command above, the
DISABLE_FK_CHECK parameter skips the foreign key checks for the duration of the import process. Providing
DISABLE_FK_CHECK parameter is recommended for the initial import of the data, especially for large tables, because it reduces the total time required to import the data.
To further speed up the process, you can import multiple files in a single COPY command. Following is a sample example:
yugabyte=# \! ls t*.txt t1.txt t2.txt t3.txt
yugabyte=# \! cat t*.txt 1,2,3 4,5,6 7,8,9
yugabyte=# \d t
Table "public.t" Column | Type | Collation | Nullable | Default --------+---------+-----------+----------+--------- c1 | integer | | | c2 | integer | | | c3 | integer | | |
yugabyte=# SELECT * FROM t;
c1 | c2 | c3 ----+----+---- (0 rows)
yugabyte=# COPY t FROM PROGRAM 'cat /home/yugabyte/t*.txt' WITH (FORMAT CSV, DELIMITER ',', DISABLE_FK_CHECK); COPY 3
yugabyte=# SELECT * FROM t;
c1 | c2 | c3 ----+----+---- 7 | 8 | 9 4 | 5 | 6 1 | 2 | 3 (3 rows)
For detailed information on the COPY FROM command, refer to the COPY statement reference.
COPY FROM command fails during the process, you should try rerunning it. However, you don’t have to rerun the entire file.
COPY FROM imports data into rows individually, starting from the top of the file. So if you know that some of the rows have been successfully imported prior to the failure, you can safely ignore those rows by adding the
For example, to skip the first 5000 rows in a file, run the command as follows:
COPY <table_name> FROM '<table_name>.csv' WITH (FORMAT CSV DELIMITER ',', HEADER, DISABLE_FK_CHECK, SKIP 5000);
Import data from SQL script
To import an entire database from a
ysql_dump export, use
ysqlsh as follows:
ysqlsh -f <database_name>.sql
NoteAfter the data import step, remember to recreate any constraints and triggers that might have been disabled to speed up loading the data. This ensures that the database will perform relational integrity checking for data going forward.
Verify a migration
Following are some steps that can be verified to ensure that the migration was successful.
Verify database objects
- Verify that all the tables and indexes have been created in YugabyteDB.
- Ensure that triggers and constraints are migrated and are working as expected.
Verify row counts for tables
COUNT(*) command to verify that the total number of rows match between the source database and YugabyteDB. This can be done as shown below using a PLPGSQL function.
Step 1. Create the following function to print the number of rows in a single table.
create function cnt_rows(schema text, tablename text) returns integer as $body$ declare result integer; query varchar; begin query := 'SELECT count(1) FROM ' || schema || '.' || tablename; execute query into result; return result; end; $body$ language plpgsql;
Step 2. Run the following command to print the sizes of all tables in the database.
SELECT cnt_rows(table_schema, table_name) FROM information_schema.tables WHERE table_schema NOT IN ('pg_catalog', 'information_schema') AND table_type='BASE TABLE' ORDER BY 3 DESC;
Following is an example illustrating the output of running the previous example on the Northwind database.
example=# SELECT cnt_rows(table_schema, table_name) FROM information_schema.tables WHERE table_schema NOT IN ('pg_catalog', 'information_schema') AND table_type='BASE TABLE' ORDER BY 3 DESC;
table_schema | table_name | cnt_rows --------------+------------------------+---------- public | order_details | 2155 public | orders | 830 public | customers | 91 public | products | 77 public | territories | 53 public | us_states | 51 public | employee_territories | 49 public | suppliers | 29 public | employees | 9 public | categories | 8 public | shippers | 6 public | region | 4 public | customer_customer_demo | 0 public | customer_demographics | 0 (14 rows)