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    Welcome to our comprehensive guide on exporting data from Databricks to CSV format. In the age of data-driven decision making, the ability to seamlessly move data from one platform to another is invaluable, especially for further manipulation and analysis within spreadsheet applications. On this page, we will delve into what Databricks is, illustrate various methods to export your data to a CSV file, explore practical use cases for such exports, introduce an innovative alternative to CSV exports for Databricks using Sourcetable, and provide a helpful Q&A section to address common inquiries about the process of exporting Databricks to CSV.

    What is Databricks?

    Databricks is a unified, open analytics platform that specializes in data analysis and AI. As a cloud-based platform, it provides a comprehensive environment for building, deploying, sharing, and maintaining a variety of data, analytics, and AI solutions. By integrating with cloud storage and security in your cloud account, it ensures that data management aligns with your business's security and networking requirements, which is particularly beneficial for large companies.

    At the core of its functionality, Databricks utilizes Apache Spark to process large-scale data efficiently and cost-effectively. It furthers this with a suite of proprietary tools such as Workflows, Unity Catalog, Delta Live Tables, Databricks SQL, and Photon compute clusters, which enhance performance and ease of use. The platform manages and deploys cloud infrastructure to optimize performance, manage infrastructure, and align with business needs through the use of generative AI with the data lakehouse architecture.

    Moreover, Databricks leverages natural language processing capabilities to facilitate data search and discovery, assist with writing code, and troubleshoot errors. Users can interact with Databricks programmatically via REST API, CLI, and Terraform, and it does not require migration of data into proprietary storage systems. As a data platform, Databricks offers a single interface for a multitude of data tasks, including but not limited to data processing, ETL, dashboards, machine learning modeling, and generative AI solutions. By unifying and simplifying data systems, Databricks stands as a key tool in achieving better business outcomes through advanced data management and analysis.

    Exporting Data from Databricks to CSV

    Databricks Notebook

    The first method to export a CSV file from Databricks utilizes the Databricks Notebook. This method is highly recommended for its ease of use within the Databricks environment.

    Databricks Command-Line Interface

    The second method involves the Databricks command-line interface (CLI). Users can export CSV files using the CLI with the databricks fs cp command, which facilitates access to exports from Databricks.


    As the third method, JSpark, a command-line tool, allows for the exporting of CSVs directly from the Databricks platform, enabling efficient data extraction for further use.

    External Client Tools

    The fourth method includes using external client tools that support JDBC or ODBC, such as Visual Studio Code with its Databricks extension, which provides a DBFS browser for downloading CSV files. These tools require setup but offer additional functionalities for interacting with Databricks data.

    Alternative Methods: Census

    Census is an alternative tool that can be employed to sync data from Databricks to other destinations. It allows for seamless integration with a variety of tools and storage services, facilitating the export process beyond the conventional CSV format.

    Sourcetable Integration

    Import Databricks Data Directly into Sourcetable

    Embrace the power of Sourcetable to streamline your data workflow by importing data from Databricks directly into a spreadsheet. Sourcetable's ability to sync live data from a variety of apps and databases, including Databricks, eliminates the need for cumbersome CSV exports and subsequent imports to spreadsheet programs. This direct connection not only saves valuable time but also ensures that your data is always up-to-date, offering real-time insights for your analysis.

    With Sourcetable, you can leverage the ease of a familiar spreadsheet interface to query and manipulate your Databricks data. This seamless integration is ideal for automation and enhancing business intelligence processes. By choosing Sourcetable, you're not just simplifying data transfer; you're unlocking a more efficient and dynamic way to handle data that is critical for making informed business decisions.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    What are the methods available for exporting a CSV from Databricks?

    There are four methods available for exporting CSV files from Databricks: using a Databricks notebook, using the Databricks command-line interface, using JSpark to dump tables, and using external client tools.

    Can I manually download data as a CSV file from Databricks?

    Yes, you can manually download data to your local machine in CSV format from a Databricks notebook cell.

    How can I use a Databricks notebook to export data to CSV?

    You can use a Databricks notebook to export data by either downloading the full dataset directly or exporting the dataset to DBFS in CSV format.

    Is it possible to automate the export of CSV files from Databricks using an API?

    Yes, your application can run a Databricks notebook inside a workflow via an API, which can write data to an S3 bucket in CSV format and return the S3 location of the CSV file.

    Can I use external tools to export data from Databricks to CSV?

    Yes, external client tools that support JDBC or ODBC can be used to export CSV files from Databricks.


    In summary, Databricks provides a versatile platform for exporting dataframes to CSV files, with four distinct methods to accommodate different user preferences and technical requirements. Whether you opt for the simplicity of the Databricks Notebook, the robustness of the Databricks command-line interface, the Java-based approach with JSpark, or the convenience of external client tools like Visual Studio Code with its Databricks extension, you have a range of options to efficiently manage your data exports. For those seeking an alternative to CSV exports, consider using Sourcetable to import your data directly into a spreadsheet. Sign up for Sourcetable today to streamline your data management and analysis.

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