Capture data from Event Hubs in Delta Lake format (preview)

This article explains how to use the no code editor to automatically capture streaming data in Event Hubs in an Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2 account in Delta Lake format.


  • Your Azure Event Hubs and Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2 resources must be publicly accessible and can't be behind a firewall or secured in an Azure Virtual Network.
  • The data in your Event Hubs must be serialized in either JSON, CSV, or Avro format.

Configure a job to capture data

Use the following steps to configure a Stream Analytics job to capture data in Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2.

  1. In the Azure portal, navigate to your event hub.

  2. Select Features > Process Data, and select Start on the Capture data to ADLS Gen2 in Delta Lake format card.
    Screenshot showing the Process Event Hubs data start cards.

    Alternatively, select Features > Capture, and select Delta Lake option under "Output event serialization format", then select Start data capture configuration. Screenshot showing the entry point of the capture data creation.

  3. Enter a name to identify your Stream Analytics job. Select Create.
    Screenshot showing the New Stream Analytics job window where you enter the job name.

  4. Specify the Serialization type of your data in the Event Hubs and the Authentication method that the job will use to connect to Event Hubs. Then select Connect. Screenshot showing the Event Hubs connection configuration.

  5. When the connection is established successfully, you'll see:

    • Fields that are present in the input data. You can choose Add field or you can select the three dot symbol next to a field to optionally remove, rename, or change its name.
    • A live sample of incoming data in the Data preview table under the diagram view. It refreshes periodically. You can select Pause streaming preview to view a static view of the sample input.
      Screenshot showing sample data under Data Preview.
  6. Select the Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2 tile to edit the configuration.

  7. On the Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2 configuration page, follow these steps:

    1. Select the subscription, storage account name and container from the drop-down menu.

    2. Once the subscription is selected, the authentication method and storage account key should be automatically filled in.

    3. For Delta table path, it's used to specify the location and name of your Delta Lake table stored in Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2. You can choose to use one or more path segments to define the path to the delta table and the delta table name. To learn more, see to Write to Delta Lake table (Public Preview).

    4. Select Connect.

      First screenshot showing the Blob window where you edit a blob's connection configuration.

  8. When the connection is established, you'll see fields that are present in the output data.

  9. Select Save on the command bar to save your configuration.

  10. Select Start on the command bar to start the streaming flow to capture data. Then in the Start Stream Analytics job window:

    1. Choose the output start time.
    2. Select the number of Streaming Units (SU) that the job runs with. SU represents the computing resources that are allocated to execute a Stream Analytics job. For more information, see Streaming Units in Azure Stream Analytics.
      Screenshot showing the Start Stream Analytics job window where you set the output start time, streaming units, and error handling.
  11. After you select Start, the job starts running within two minutes, and the metrics will be open in tab section below. Screenshot showing the metrics chart.

  12. The new job can be seen on the Stream Analytics jobs tab. Screenshot showing Open Metrics link selected.

Verify output

Verify that the parquet files with Delta lake format are generated in the Azure Data Lake Storage container.

Screenshot showing the generated Parquet files in the ADLS container.

Next steps

Now you know how to use the Stream Analytics no code editor to create a job that captures Event Hubs data to Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2 in Delta lake format. Next, you can learn more about Azure Stream Analytics and how to monitor the job that you created.