Mapping Data Flow - Null value issue in JSON which removes the complete column from json

Bhardwaj, Sorabh 1 Reputation point

Azure data factory dataflow not present null values in JSON format
I am looking for how to present my null values with the Azure Data Factory Dataflow activity. Currently, I am using standard dataflow for modelling my data from Azure SQL database and drag it into Blob storage in JSON format. But if the dataset source has a null value, the column in the row is skipped in JSON.


Please, give me some advice on how to proceed, in order to resolve the problem. With Copy activity I don't have the same issue - null values are presented with "".


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  1. Vaibhav Chaudhari 38,646 Reputation points

    Try using Derived Column activity to add "" if the data is null as explained in below. Looks like the question is copied from below as is.

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  2. ShaikMaheer-MSFT 38,126 Reputation points Microsoft Employee

    Hi @Anonymous ,

    Thank you for posting in Microsoft Q&A Platform.

    When you say you csv has null values in it, in which form it has it there? Is it the same way as below.

    From csv all the values will be read as strings in Data flows, So We may need to use derived column to pass some other value in to your json for the values null from csv.

    In below screenshot I am passing empty string When I see null from csv.

    Unfortunately if you try to save null values in to json from data flows its going to skip those keys from json object.

    I would encourage you to log feedback item for this. Product team will closely monitor all feedbacks and try to implement them in future releases.

    Hope this will help. Thank you.


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  3. VIJAY TALARI 0 Reputation points

    Hi Maheer,

    Im getting empty collections due to data is null from input. Can you please let me know how we can handle nulls collections and arrays. User's image

    I have added dervied column and made subcolumns under derived column and taken aggregation ttransformation as next, used derived column as list in aggregation transformationUser's image

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