Ingest from storage

The .ingest into command ingests data into a table by "pulling" the data from one or more cloud storage files. For example, the command can retrieve 1000 CSV-formatted blobs from Azure Blob Storage, parse them, and ingest them together into a single target table. Data is appended to the table without affecting existing records, and without modifying the table's schema. Minimal required permission levels are required so that you can ingest data into all existing tables in a database or into a specific existing table. For more information, see Permissions on the Engine Service.


.ingest [async] into table TableName SourceDataLocator [with ( IngestionPropertyName = IngestionPropertyValue [, ...] )]


  • async: If specified, the command will return immediately, and continue ingestion in the background. The results of the command will include an OperationId value that can then be used with the .show operation command to retrieve the ingestion completion status and results.

  • TableName: The name of the table to ingest data into. The table name is always relative to the database in context, and its schema is the schema that will be assumed for the data if no schema mapping object is provided.

  • SourceDataLocator: A literal of type string, or a comma-delimited list of such literals surrounded by ( and ) characters, representing storage connection strings. Kusto uses a URI format to describe the storage files containing the data to pull.

    • A single connection string must refer to a single file hosted by a storage account.
    • Ingestion of multiple files can be done by specifying multiple connection strings separated with a comma, or by ingesting from a query of an external table.


It is strongly recommended to use obfuscated string literals for the SourceDataPointer that includes actual credentials in it. The service will be sure to scrub credentials in its internal traces, error messages, etc.

Ingestion properties

The following table lists the properties supported by Azure Data Explorer, describes them, and provides examples:

Property Description Example
ingestionMapping A string value that indicates how to map data from the source file to the actual columns in the table. Define the format value with the relevant mapping type. See data mappings. with (format="json", ingestionMapping = "[{\"column\":\"rownumber\", \"Properties\":{\"Path\":\"$.RowNumber\"}}, {\"column\":\"rowguid\", \"Properties\":{\"Path\":\"$.RowGuid\"}}]")
(deprecated: avroMapping, csvMapping, jsonMapping)
ingestionMappingReference A string value that indicates how to map data from the source file to the actual columns in the table using a named mapping policy object. Define the format value with the relevant mapping type. See data mappings. with (format="csv", ingestionMappingReference = "Mapping1")
(deprecated: avroMappingReference, csvMappingReference, jsonMappingReference)
creationTime The datetime value (formatted as an ISO8601 string) to use at the creation time of the ingested data extents. If unspecified, the current value (now()) will be used. Overriding the default is useful when ingesting older data, so that the retention policy will be applied correctly. When specified, make sure the Lookback property in the target table's effective Extents merge policy is aligned with the specified value. with (creationTime="2017-02-13")
extend_schema A Boolean value that, if specified, instructs the command to extend the schema of the table (defaults to false). This option applies only to .append and .set-or-append commands. The only allowed schema extensions have additional columns added to the table at the end. If the original table schema is (a:string, b:int), a valid schema extension would be (a:string, b:int, c:datetime, d:string), but (a:string, c:datetime) wouldn't be valid
folder For ingest-from-query commands, the folder to assign to the table. If the table already exists, this property will override the table's folder. with (folder="Tables/Temporary")
format The data format (see supported data formats). with (format="csv")
ingestIfNotExists A string value that, if specified, prevents ingestion from succeeding if the table already has data tagged with an ingest-by: tag with the same value. This ensures idempotent data ingestion. For more information, see ingest-by: tags. The properties with (ingestIfNotExists='["Part0001"]', tags='["ingest-by:Part0001"]') indicate that if data with the tag ingest-by:Part0001 already exists, then don't complete the current ingestion. If it doesn't already exist, this new ingestion should have this tag set (in case a future ingestion attempts to ingest the same data again.)
ignoreFirstRecord A Boolean value that, if set to true, indicates that ingestion should ignore the first record of every file. This property is useful for files in CSVand similar formats, if the first record in the file are the column names. By default, false is assumed. with (ignoreFirstRecord=false)
persistDetails A Boolean value that, if specified, indicates that the command should persist the detailed results (even if successful) so that the .show operation details command could retrieve them. Defaults to false. with (persistDetails=true)
policy_ingestiontime A Boolean value that, if specified, describes whether to enable the Ingestion Time Policy on a table that is created by this command. The default is true. with (policy_ingestiontime=false)
recreate_schema A Boolean value that, if specified, describes whether the command may recreate the schema of the table. This property applies only to the .set-or-replace command. This property takes precedence over the extend_schema property if both are set. with (recreate_schema=true)
tags A list of tags to associate with the ingested data, formatted as a JSON string with (tags="['Tag1', 'Tag2']")
validationPolicy A JSON string that indicates which validations to run during ingestion. See Data ingestion for an explanation of the different options. with (validationPolicy='{"ValidationOptions":1, "ValidationImplications":1}') (this is actually the default policy)
zipPattern Use this property when ingesting data from storage that has a ZIP archive. This is a string value indicating the regular expression to use when selecting which files in the ZIP archive to ingest. All other files in the archive will be ignored. with (zipPattern="*.csv")


The result of the command is a table with as many records as there are data shards ("extents") generated by the command. If no data shards have been generated, a single record is returned with an empty (zero-valued) extent ID.

Name Type Description
ExtentId guid The unique identifier for the data shard that was generated by the command.
ItemLoaded string One or more storage files that are related to this record.
Duration timespan How long it took to perform ingestion.
HasErrors bool Whether this record represents an ingestion failure or not.
OperationId guid A unique ID representing the operation. Can be used with the .show operation command.


This command doesn't modify the schema of the table being ingested into. If necessary, the data is "coerced" into this schema during ingestion, not the other way around (extra columns are ignored, and missing columns are treated as null values).


The next example instructs the engine to read two blobs from Azure Blob Storage as CSV files, and ingest their contents into table T. The ... represents an Azure Storage shared access signature (SAS) which gives read access to each blob. Note also the use of obfuscated strings (the h in front of the string values) to ensure that the SAS is never recorded.

.ingest into table T (

The next example is for ingesting data from Azure Data Lake Storage Gen 2 (ADLSv2). The credentials used here (...) are the storage account credentials (shared key), and we use string obfuscation only for the secret part of the connection string.

.ingest into table T (

The next example ingests a single file from Azure Data Lake Storage (ADLS). It uses the user's credentials to access ADLS (so there's no need to treat the storage URI as containing a secret). It also shows how to specify ingestion properties.

.ingest into table T ('adl://;impersonate')
  with (format='csv')

The next example ingests a single file from Amazon S3 using an access key ID and a secret access key.

.ingest into table T (';AwsCredentials=AKIAIOSFODNN7EXAMPLE,wJalrXUtnFEMI/K7MDENG/bPxRfiCYEXAMPLEKEY')
  with (format='csv')