Binary File

This page describes how to use a binary file as a data source in Connections.

1. Basic Parameters

To connect a Binary File as a Data Source, fill in the following parameters (image 1):
Parameter
Value
Source
The location of the source file. Either a Local upload, Amazon S3, or Azure Blob Storage
Header Lines to Ignore
The number of records from the top of the file to ignore before the data starts (includes column header).
Footer Lines to Ignore
The number of records from the bottom of the file to ignore
Encoding
The encoding of the file. This default to UTF8, however also supports: UTF8_BOM, UTF16, ASCII.
Path
This is the path to the source file to load. This can reference an execution parameter (e.g. @file_path).
Image 1: Binary File parameters

2. Schema Columns

  1. 1.
    Add in your applicable columns (Image 2). Review the documentation here for information on the column types available.
  2. 2.
    Binary File sources have a unique parameter for Standard Columns:
    1. 1.
      Parse Content By - Choose from the following three options to define how you want to parse your content:
      • Byte Length - The content length in number of bytes
      • Trailing Byte Sequence - the trailing sequence in base64 that indicates the end of the field
      • Succeeding Byte Sequence - the trailing sequence in base64 that indicates the start of the next field, and thus the end of this one.
Image 2: Schema Columns

3. Filter

Adding a filter section allows you to enter a CQL filter statement for your results (Image 3). See here for more information on adding a Filter.
Image 3: Adding a Filter Section