Create Azure Data Factory data flows

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Data flows are available both in Azure Data Factory and Azure Synapse Pipelines. This article applies to mapping data flows. If you are new to transformations, please refer to the introductory article Transform data using a mapping data flow.

Mapping Data Flows provide a way to transform data at scale without any coding required. You can design a data transformation job in the data flow designer by constructing a series of transformations. Start with any number of source transformations followed by data transformation steps. Then, complete your data flow with sink to land your results in a destination.

Steps to create a new data flow

Get started by first creating a new V2 Data Factory from the Azure portal. After creating your new factory, select the Open Azure Data Factory Studio tile in the portal to launch the Data Factory Studio.

Shows a screenshot of how to open the Data Factory Studio from the Azure portal.

You can add sample Data Flows from the template gallery. To browse the gallery, select the Author tab in Data Factory Studio and click the plus sign to choose Pipeline | Template Gallery.

Shows how to open the template gallery in Data Factory.

Select the Data Flow category there to choose from the available templates.

Shows the template gallery filtered for data flows.

You can also add data flows directly to your data factory without using a template. Select the Author tab in Data Factory Studio and click the plus sign to choose Data Flow | Data Flow.

Shows a screenshot of how to create an empty data flow directly.

Next steps