JSON Array from REST API to ADLS

Divakar Krishnan 106 Reputation points

Dear Team,

I have a requirement to load all JSON files which has Array type from REST API to ADLS Gen 2 (BLOB format).

I tried to use Copy Activity but Array type [0] is not accepting in Copy activity, I cannot manipulate JSON file and I need to load as is.

Can you please suggest me on how to achieve this requirement?

Note: As a workaround, I am loading those JSON files with array type to Azure SQL by using same copy activity.


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  1. svijay-MSFT 5,211 Reputation points Microsoft Employee

    Hello @Divakar Krishnan ,

    Welcome to the Microsoft Q&A platform.

    From my understanding - You would like to manipulate the JSON data before storing it to the blob.

    You could make use of mapping data flow which offers lot of transformation capabilities compared to Copy Activity.

    Also you can configure the input form of the JSON document. I believe you are looking setting below setting.


    If my understanding is in correct, please let me know I'll update/correct my answer accordingly.

    Hope this will help. Please let us know if any further queries.


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  2. Divakar Krishnan 106 Reputation points

    Hello @svijay-MSFT ,

    Thanks for your reply.

    My input is JSON with array type from REST API, I would like to bring this data and store it in our azure data lake as is as a raw data without any manipulation.

    I tried to do this using Copy activity using Sink as BLOB Dataset with JSON type. However, my input JSON is Array type [0], so it's throwing error at the time of run time.

    Issue is happening only with Sink as BLOB Dataset with JSON type or parquet, same is working when I loading it in Azure SQL table . But our strategy is, we need to load all raw data in our data lake.

    Please suggest me the best way to load it in our data lake in JSON format