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arrow 17.0.0

  • R functions that users write that use functions that Arrow supports in dataset queries now can be used in queries too. Previously, only functions that used arithmetic operators worked. For example, time_hours <- function(mins) mins / 60 worked, but time_hours_rounded <- function(mins) round(mins / 60) did not; now both work. These are automatic translations rather than true user-defined functions (UDFs); for UDFs, see register_scalar_function(). (#41223)
  • summarize() supports more complex expressions, and correctly handles cases where column names are reused in expressions.
  • The na_matches argument to the dplyr::*_join() functions is now supported. This argument controls whether NA values are considered equal when joining. (#41358)
  • R metadata, stored in the Arrow schema to support round-tripping data between R and Arrow/Parquet, is now serialized and deserialized more strictly. This makes it safer to load data from files from unknown sources into R data.frames. (#41969)

arrow 16.1.0

CRAN release: 2024-05-25

New features

  • Streams can now be written to socket connections (#38897)
  • The Arrow R package now can be built with older versions of the Arrow C++ library (back to 13.0.0) (#39738)

Minor improvements and fixes

  • Dataset and table output printing now truncates schemas longer than 20 items long (#38916)
  • Fixed pointer conversion to Python for latest reticulate to ensure data can be passed between Arrow and PyArrow (#39969)
  • Check on macOS if we are using GNU libtool is and ensure we use macOS libtool instead (#40259)
  • Fix an error where creating a bundled tarball with all dependencies was failing on Windows (@hutch3232, #40232)

arrow 15.0.1

CRAN release: 2024-03-12

New features

  • Bindings for base::prod have been added so you can now use it in your dplyr pipelines (i.e., tbl |> summarize(prod(col))) without having to pull the data into R (@m-muecke, #38601).
  • Calling dimnames or colnames on Dataset objects now returns a useful result rather than just NULL (#38377).
  • The code() method on Schema objects now takes an optional namespace argument which, when TRUE, prefixes names with arrow:: which makes the output more portable (@orgadish, #38144).

Minor improvements and fixes

  • Don’t download cmake when ARROW_OFFLINE_BUILD=true and update SystemRequirements (#39602).
  • Fallback to source build gracefully if binary download fails (#39587).
  • An error is now thrown instead of warning and pulling the data into R when any of sub, gsub, stringr::str_replace, stringr::str_replace_all are passed a length > 1 vector of values in pattern (@abfleishman, #39219).
  • Missing documentation was added to ?open_dataset documenting how to use the ND-JSON support added in arrow 13.0.0 (@Divyansh200102, #38258).
  • To make debugging problems easier when using arrow with AWS S3 (e.g., s3_bucket, S3FileSystem), the debug log level for S3 can be set with the AWS_S3_LOG_LEVEL environment variable. See ?S3FileSystem for more information. (#38267)
  • Using arrow with duckdb (i.e., to_duckdb()) no longer results in warnings when quitting your R session. (#38495)
  • A large number of minor spelling mistakes were fixed (@jsoref, #38929, #38257)
  • The developer documentation has been updated to match changes made in recent releases (#38220)


CRAN release: 2024-02-23

Minor improvements and fixes

  • Check for internet access when building from source and fallback to a minimally scoped Arrow C++ build (#39699).
  • Build from source by default on macOS, use LIBARROW_BINARY=true for old behavior (#39861).
  • Support building against older versions of Arrow C++. This is currently opt-in (ARROW_R_ALLOW_CPP_VERSION_MISMATCH=true) and requires atleast Arrow C++ 13.0.0 (#39739).
  • Make it possible to use Arrow C++ from Rtools on windows (in future Rtools versions). (#39986).

arrow 14.0.2

Minor improvements and fixes

  • Fixed C++ compiler warnings caused by implicit conversions (#39138, #39186).
  • Fixed confusing dplyr warnings during tests (#39076).
  • Added missing “-framework Security” pkg-config flag to prevent issues when compiling with strict linker settings (#38861).


CRAN release: 2023-12-02

Minor improvements and fixes

  • Fixed the printf syntax to align with format checking (#38894)
  • Removed bashism in configure script (#38716).
  • Fixed a broken link in the README (#38657)
  • Properly escape the license header in the lintr config (#38639).
  • Removed spurious warnings from installation-script test suite (#38571).
  • Polished installation-script after refactor (#38534)


  • If pkg-config fails to detect the required libraries an additional search without pkg-config is run (#38970).
  • Fetch the latest nightly Arrow C++ binary when installing a development Version (#38236).


CRAN release: 2023-11-24

Minor improvements and fixes

  • Add more debug output for build failures (#38819)
  • Increase timeout during static library download (#38767)
  • Fix bug where rosetta detection was causing installation failure (#38754)

arrow 14.0.0

CRAN release: 2023-11-16

New features

Minor improvements and fixes

  • Documentation for CsvParseOptions object creation now contains more information about default values (@angela-li, #37909).
  • Fixed a code path which may have resulted in R code being called from a non-R thread after a failed allocation (#37565).
  • Fixed a bug where large Parquet files could not be read from R connections (#37274).
  • Bindings to stringr helpers (e.g., fixed(), regex() etc.) now allow variables to be reliably used in their arguments (#36784).
  • Thrift string and container size limits can now be configured via newly exposed ParquetReaderProperties, allowing users to work with Parquet files with unusually large metadata (#36992).
  • Error messages resulting from use of add_filename() are improved (@amoeba, #37372).


  • macOS builds now use the same installation pathway as on Linux (@assignUser, #37684).
  • A warning message is now issued on package load when running under emulation on macOS (i.e., use of x86 installation of R on M1/aarch64; #37777).
  • R scripts that run during configuration and installation are now run using the correct R interpreter (@meztez, #37225).
  • Failed libarrow builds now return more detailed output (@amoeba, #37727).
  • create_package_with_all_dependencies() now properly escapes paths on Windows (#37226).


CRAN release: 2023-09-22

  • Remove reference to legacy timezones to prevent CRAN check failures (#37671)

arrow 13.0.0

CRAN release: 2023-08-30

Breaking changes

  • Input objects which inherit only from data.frame and no other classes now have the class attribute dropped, resulting in now always returning tibbles from file reading functions and arrow_table(), which results in consistency in the type of returned objects. Calling on Arrow Tabular objects now always returns a data.frame object (#34775)

New features

Minor improvements and fixes

  • Convenience function arrow_array() can be used to create Arrow Arrays (#36381)
  • Convenience function scalar() can be used to create Arrow Scalars (#36265)
  • Prevent crashed when passing data between arrow and duckdb by always calling RecordBatchReader::ReadNext() from DuckDB from the main R thread (#36307)
  • Issue a warning for set_io_thread_count() with num_threads < 2 (#36304)
  • Ensure missing grouping variables are added to the beginning of the variable list (#36305)
  • CSV File reader options class objects can print the selected values (#35955)
  • Schema metadata can be set as a named character vector (#35954)
  • Ensure that the RStringViewer helper class does not own any Array references (#35812)
  • strptime() in arrow will return a timezone-aware timestamp if %z is part of the format string (#35671)
  • Column ordering when combining group_by() and across() now matches dplyr (@eitsupi, #35473)


  • Link to correct version of OpenSSL when using autobrew (#36551)
  • Require cmake 3.16 in bundled build script (#36321)


  • Split out R6 classes and convenience functions to improve readability (#36394)
  • Enable pkgdown built-in search (@eitsupi, #36374)
  • Re-organise reference page on pkgdown site to improve readability (#36171)


CRAN release: 2023-07-18

  • Update a package version reference to be text only instead of numeric due to CRAN update requiring this (#36353, #36364)

arrow 12.0.1

CRAN release: 2023-06-15

  • Update the version of the date library vendored with Arrow C++ library for compatibility with tzdb 0.4.0 (#35594, #35612).
  • Update some tests for compatibility with waldo 0.5.1 (#35131, #35308).

arrow 12.0.0

CRAN release: 2023-05-05

New features


  • Hosted static libarrow binaries for Ubuntu 18.04 and 20.04 had previously been built on Ubuntu 18.04, which will stop receiving LTS updates as of May
    1. These binaries are now built on Centos 7 (#32292, #34048).

Minor improvements and fixes

  • Fix crash that occurred at process exit related to finalizing the S3 filesystem component (#15054, #33858).
  • Implement the Arrow C++ FetchNode and OrderByNode to improve performance and simplify building query plans from dplyr expressions (#34437, #34685).
  • Fix a bug where different R metadata were written depending on subtle argument passing semantics in arrow_table() (#35038, #35039).
  • Improve error message when attempting to convert a data.frame with NULL column names to a Table (#15247, #34798).
  • Vignettes were updated to reflect improvements in the open_csv_dataset() family of functions (#33998, #34710).
  • Fixed a crash that occurred when arrow ALTREP vectors were materialized and converted back to arrow Arrays (#34211, #34489).
  • Improved conda install instructions (#32512, #34398).
  • Improved documentation URL configurations (@eitsupi, #34276).
  • Updated links to JIRA issues that were migrated to GitHub (@eitsupi, #33631, #34260).
  • The dplyr::n() function is now mapped to the count_all kernel to improve performance and simplify the R implementation (#33892, #33917).
  • Improved the experience of using the s3_bucket() filesystem helper with endpoint_override and fixed surprising behaviour that occurred when passing some combinations of arguments (@cboettig, #33904, #34009).
  • Do not raise error if schema is supplied and col_names = TRUE in open_csv_dataset() (#34217, #34092).


CRAN release: 2023-03-08

Minor improvements and fixes

  • open_csv_dataset() allows a schema to be specified. (#34217)
  • To ensure compatibility with an upcoming dplyr release, we no longer call dplyr:::check_names() (#34369)


CRAN release: 2023-02-12

Breaking changes

  • map_batches() is lazy by default; it now returns a RecordBatchReader instead of a list of RecordBatch objects unless lazy = FALSE. (#14521)

New features


  • A substantial reorganisation, rewrite of and addition to, many of the vignettes and README. (@djnavarro, #14514)

Reading/writing data

  • New functions open_csv_dataset(), open_tsv_dataset(), and open_delim_dataset() all wrap open_dataset()- they don’t provide new functionality, but allow for readr-style options to be supplied, making it simpler to switch between individual file-reading and dataset functionality. (#33614)
  • User-defined null values can be set when writing CSVs both as datasets and as individual files. (@wjones127, #14679)
  • The new col_names parameter allows specification of column names when opening a CSV dataset. (@wjones127, #14705)
  • The parse_options, read_options, and convert_options parameters for reading individual files (read_*_arrow() functions) and datasets (open_dataset() and the new open_*_dataset() functions) can be passed in as lists. (#15270)
  • File paths containing accents can be read by read_csv_arrow(). (#14930)

dplyr compatibility

Function bindings

Arrow object creation

  • Arrow Scalars can be created from POSIXlt objects. (#15277)
  • Array$create() can create Decimal arrays. (#15211)
  • StructArray$create() can be used to create StructArray objects. (#14922)
  • Creating an Array from an object bigger than 2^31 has correct length (#14929)


  • Improved offline installation using pre-downloaded binaries. (@pgramme, #14086)
  • The package can automatically link to system installations of the AWS SDK for C++. (@kou, #14235)

Minor improvements and fixes

arrow 10.0.1

CRAN release: 2022-12-06

Minor improvements and fixes:

  • Fixes for failing test after lubridate 1.9 release (#14615)
  • Update to ensure compatibility with changes in dev purrr (#14581)
  • Fix to correctly handle .data pronoun in dplyr::group_by() (#14484)

arrow 10.0.0

CRAN release: 2022-10-26

Arrow dplyr queries

Several new functions can be used in queries:

The package now has documentation that lists all dplyr methods and R function mappings that are supported on Arrow data, along with notes about any differences in functionality between queries evaluated in R versus in Acero, the Arrow query engine. See ?acero.

A few new features and bugfixes were implemented for joins:

  • Extension arrays are now supported in joins, allowing, for example, joining datasets that contain geoarrow data.
  • The keep argument is now supported, allowing separate columns for the left and right hand side join keys in join output. Full joins now coalesce the join keys (when keep = FALSE), avoiding the issue where the join keys would be all NA for rows in the right hand side without any matches on the left.

Some changes to improve the consistency of the API:

  • In a future release, calling dplyr::pull() will return a ?ChunkedArray instead of an R vector by default. The current default behavior is deprecated. To update to the new behavior now, specify pull(as_vector = FALSE) or set options(arrow.pull_as_vector = FALSE) globally.
  • Calling dplyr::compute() on a query that is grouped returns a ?Table instead of a query object.

Finally, long-running queries can now be cancelled and will abort their computation immediately.

Arrays and tables

as_arrow_array() can now take blob::blob and ?vctrs::list_of, which convert to binary and list arrays, respectively. Also fixed an issue where as_arrow_array() ignored type argument when passed a StructArray.

The unique() function works on ?Table, ?RecordBatch, ?Dataset, and ?RecordBatchReader.

Reading and writing

write_feather() can take compression = FALSE to choose writing uncompressed files.

Also, a breaking change for IPC files in write_dataset(): passing "ipc" or "feather" to format will now write files with .arrow extension instead of .ipc or .feather.


As of version 10.0.0, arrow requires C++17 to build. This means that:

  • On Windows, you need R >= 4.0. Version 9.0.0 was the last version to support R 3.6.
  • On CentOS 7, you can build the latest version of arrow, but you first need to install a newer compiler than the default system compiler, gcc 4.8. See vignette("install", package = "arrow") for guidance. Note that you only need the newer compiler to build arrow: installing a binary package, as from RStudio Package Manager, or loading a package you’ve already installed works fine with the system defaults.

arrow 9.0.0

CRAN release: 2022-08-10

Arrow dplyr queries

Reading and writing

  • New functions read_ipc_file() and write_ipc_file() are added. These functions are almost the same as read_feather() and write_feather(), but differ in that they only target IPC files (Feather V2 files), not Feather V1 files.
  • read_arrow() and write_arrow(), deprecated since 1.0.0 (July 2020), have been removed. Instead of these, use the read_ipc_file() and write_ipc_file() for IPC files, or, read_ipc_stream() and write_ipc_stream() for IPC streams. (#13550)
  • write_parquet() now defaults to writing Parquet format version 2.4 (was 1.0). Previously deprecated arguments properties and arrow_properties have been removed; if you need to deal with these lower-level properties objects directly, use ParquetFileWriter, which write_parquet() wraps. (#13555)
  • UnionDatasets can unify schemas of multiple InMemoryDatasets with varying schemas. (#13088)
  • write_dataset() preserves all schema metadata again. In 8.0.0, it would drop most metadata, breaking packages such as sfarrow. (#13105)
  • Reading and writing functions (such as write_csv_arrow()) will automatically (de-)compress data if the file path contains a compression extension (e.g. "data.csv.gz"). This works locally as well as on remote filesystems like S3 and GCS. (#13183)
  • FileSystemFactoryOptions can be provided to open_dataset(), allowing you to pass options such as which file prefixes to ignore. (#13171)
  • By default, S3FileSystem will not create or delete buckets. To enable that, pass the configuration option allow_bucket_creation or allow_bucket_deletion. (#13206)
  • GcsFileSystem and gs_bucket() allow connecting to Google Cloud Storage. (#10999, #13601)

Arrays and tables

  • Table and RecordBatch $num_rows() method returns a double (previously integer), avoiding integer overflow on larger tables. (#13482, #13514)


  • The arrow.dev_repo for nightly builds of the R package and prebuilt libarrow binaries is now
  • Brotli and BZ2 are shipped with macOS binaries. BZ2 is shipped with Windows binaries. (#13484)

arrow 8.0.0

CRAN release: 2022-05-09

Enhancements to dplyr and datasets

  • open_dataset():
    • correctly supports the skip argument for skipping header rows in CSV datasets.
    • can take a list of datasets with differing schemas and attempt to unify the schemas to produce a UnionDataset.
  • Arrow dplyr queries:
    • are supported on RecordBatchReader. This allows, for example, results from DuckDB to be streamed back into Arrow rather than materialized before continuing the pipeline.
    • no longer need to materialize the entire result table before writing to a dataset if the query contains aggregations or joins.
    • supports dplyr::rename_with().
    • dplyr::count() returns an ungrouped dataframe.
  • write_dataset() has more options for controlling row group and file sizes when writing partitioned datasets, such as max_open_files, max_rows_per_file, min_rows_per_group, and max_rows_per_group.
  • write_csv_arrow() accepts a Dataset or an Arrow dplyr query.
  • Joining one or more datasets while option(use_threads = FALSE) no longer crashes R. That option is set by default on Windows.
  • dplyr joins support the suffix argument to handle overlap in column names.
  • Filtering a Parquet dataset with no longer misses any rows.
  • map_batches() correctly accepts Dataset objects.

Enhancements to date and time support


  • Added S3 generic conversion functions such as as_arrow_array() and as_arrow_table() for main Arrow objects. This includes, Arrow tables, record batches, arrays, chunked arrays, record batch readers, schemas, and data types. This allows other packages to define custom conversions from their types to Arrow objects, including extension arrays.
  • Custom extension types and arrays can be created and registered, allowing other packages to define their own array types. Extension arrays wrap regular Arrow array types and provide customized behavior and/or storage. See description and an example with ?new_extension_type.
  • Implemented a generic extension type and as_arrow_array() methods for all objects where vctrs::vec_is() returns TRUE (i.e., any object that can be used as a column in a tibble::tibble()), provided that the underlying vctrs::vec_data() can be converted to an Arrow Array.

Concatenation Support

Arrow arrays and tables can be easily concatenated:

  • Arrays can be concatenated with concat_arrays() or, if zero-copy is desired and chunking is acceptable, using ChunkedArray$create().
  • ChunkedArrays can be concatenated with c().
  • RecordBatches and Tables support cbind().
  • Tables support rbind(). concat_tables() is also provided to concatenate tables while unifying schemas.

Other improvements and fixes

  • Dictionary arrays support using ALTREP when converting to R factors.
  • Math group generics are implemented for ArrowDatum. This means you can use base functions like sqrt(), log(), and exp() with Arrow arrays and scalars.
  • read_* and write_* functions support R Connection objects for reading and writing files.
  • Parquet improvements:
    • Parquet writer supports Duration type columns.
    • The dataset Parquet reader consumes less memory.
  • median() and quantile() will warn only once about approximate calculations regardless of interactivity.
  • Array$cast() can cast StructArrays into another struct type with the same field names and structure (or a subset of fields) but different field types.
  • Removed special handling for Solaris.
  • The CSV writer is much faster when writing string columns.
  • Fixed an issue where set_io_thread_count() would set the CPU count instead of the IO thread count.
  • RandomAccessFile has a $ReadMetadata() method that provides useful metadata provided by the filesystem.
  • grepl binding returns FALSE for NA inputs (previously it returned NA), to match the behavior of base::grepl().
  • create_package_with_all_dependencies() works on Windows and Mac OS, instead of only Linux.

arrow 7.0.0

CRAN release: 2022-02-10

Enhancements to dplyr and datasets

  • Additional lubridate features: week(), more of the is.*() functions, and the label argument to month() have been implemented.
  • More complex expressions inside summarize(), such as ifelse(n() > 1, mean(y), mean(z)), are supported.
  • When adding columns in a dplyr pipeline, one can now use tibble and data.frame to create columns of tibbles or data.frames respectively (e.g. ... %>% mutate(df_col = tibble(a, b)) %>% ...).
  • Dictionary columns (R factor type) are supported inside of coalesce().
  • open_dataset() accepts the partitioning argument when reading Hive-style partitioned files, even though it is not required.
  • The experimental map_batches() function for custom operations on dataset has been restored.


  • Delimited files (including CSVs) with encodings other than UTF can now be read (using the encoding argument when reading).
  • open_dataset() correctly ignores byte-order marks (BOMs) in CSVs, as already was true for reading single files
  • Reading a dataset internally uses an asynchronous scanner by default, which resolves a potential deadlock when reading in large CSV datasets.
  • head() no longer hangs on large CSV datasets.
  • There is an improved error message when there is a conflict between a header in the file and schema/column names provided as arguments.
  • write_csv_arrow() now follows the signature of readr::write_csv().

Other improvements and fixes

  • Many of the vignettes have been reorganized, restructured and expanded to improve their usefulness and clarity.
  • Code to generate schemas (and individual data type specifications) are accessible with the $code() method on a schema or type. This allows you to easily get the code needed to create a schema from an object that already has one.
  • Arrow Duration type has been mapped to R’s difftime class.
  • The decimal256() type is supported. The decimal() function has been revised to call either decimal256() or decimal128() based on the value of the precision argument.
  • write_parquet() uses a reasonable guess at chunk_size instead of always writing a single chunk. This improves the speed of reading and writing large Parquet files.
  • write_parquet() no longer drops attributes for grouped data.frames.
  • Chunked arrays are now supported using ALTREP.
  • ALTREP vectors backed by Arrow arrays are no longer unexpectedly mutated by sorting or negation.
  • S3 file systems can be created with proxy_options.
  • A segfault when creating S3 file systems has been fixed.
  • Integer division in Arrow more closely matches R’s behavior.


  • Source builds now by default use pkg-config to search for system dependencies (such as libz) and link to them if present. This new default will make building Arrow from source quicker on systems that have these dependencies installed already. To retain the previous behavior of downloading and building all dependencies, set ARROW_DEPENDENCY_SOURCE=BUNDLED.
  • Snappy and lz4 compression libraries are enabled by default in Linux builds. This means that the default build of Arrow, without setting any environment variables, will be able to read and write snappy encoded Parquet files.
  • Windows binary packages include brotli compression support.
  • Building Arrow on Windows can find a locally built libarrow library.
  • The package compiles and installs on Raspberry Pi OS.

Under-the-hood changes

  • The pointers used to pass data between R and Python have been made more reliable. Backwards compatibility with older versions of pyarrow has been maintained.
  • The internal method of registering new bindings for use in dplyr queries has changed. See the new vignette about writing bindings for more information about how that works.
  • R 3.3 is no longer supported. glue, which arrow depends on transitively, has dropped support for it.

arrow 6.0.1

CRAN release: 2021-11-20

  • Joins now support inclusion of dictionary columns, and multiple crashes have been fixed
  • Grouped aggregation no longer crashes when working on data that has been filtered down to 0 rows
  • Bindings added for str_count() in dplyr queries
  • Work around a critical bug in the AWS SDK for C++ that could affect S3 multipart upload
  • A UBSAN warning in the round kernel has been resolved
  • Fixes for build failures on Solaris and on old versions of macOS

arrow 6.0.0

There are now two ways to query Arrow data:

1. Expanded Arrow-native queries: aggregation and joins

dplyr::summarize(), both grouped and ungrouped, is now implemented for Arrow Datasets, Tables, and RecordBatches. Because data is scanned in chunks, you can aggregate over larger-than-memory datasets backed by many files. Supported aggregation functions include n(), n_distinct(), min(), max(), sum(), mean(), var(), sd(), any(), and all(). median() and quantile() with one probability are also supported and currently return approximate results using the t-digest algorithm.

Along with summarize(), you can also call count(), tally(), and distinct(), which effectively wrap summarize().

This enhancement does change the behavior of summarize() and collect() in some cases: see “Breaking changes” below for details.

In addition to summarize(), mutating and filtering equality joins (inner_join(), left_join(), right_join(), full_join(), semi_join(), and anti_join()) with are also supported natively in Arrow.

Grouped aggregation and (especially) joins should be considered somewhat experimental in this release. We expect them to work, but they may not be well optimized for all workloads. To help us focus our efforts on improving them in the next release, please let us know if you encounter unexpected behavior or poor performance.

New non-aggregating compute functions include string functions like str_to_title() and strftime() as well as compute functions for extracting date parts (e.g. year(), month()) from dates. This is not a complete list of additional compute functions; for an exhaustive list of available compute functions see list_compute_functions().

We’ve also worked to fill in support for all data types, such as Decimal, for functions added in previous releases. All type limitations mentioned in previous release notes should be no longer valid, and if you find a function that is not implemented for a certain data type, please report an issue.

2. DuckDB integration

If you have the duckdb package installed, you can hand off an Arrow Dataset or query object to DuckDB for further querying using the to_duckdb() function. This allows you to use duckdb’s dbplyr methods, as well as its SQL interface, to aggregate data. Filtering and column projection done before to_duckdb() is evaluated in Arrow, and duckdb can push down some predicates to Arrow as well. This handoff does not copy the data, instead it uses Arrow’s C-interface (just like passing arrow data between R and Python). This means there is no serialization or data copying costs are incurred.

You can also take a duckdb tbl and call to_arrow() to stream data to Arrow’s query engine. This means that in a single dplyr pipeline, you could start with an Arrow Dataset, evaluate some steps in DuckDB, then evaluate the rest in Arrow.

Breaking changes

  • Row order of data from a Dataset query is no longer deterministic. If you need a stable sort order, you should explicitly arrange() the query result. For calls to summarize(), you can set options(arrow.summarise.sort = TRUE) to match the current dplyr behavior of sorting on the grouping columns.
  • dplyr::summarize() on an in-memory Arrow Table or RecordBatch no longer eagerly evaluates. Call compute() or collect() to evaluate the query.
  • head() and tail() also no longer eagerly evaluate, both for in-memory data and for Datasets. Also, because row order is no longer deterministic, they will effectively give you a random slice of data from somewhere in the dataset unless you arrange() to specify sorting.
  • Simple Feature (SF) columns no longer save all of their metadata when converting to Arrow tables (and thus when saving to Parquet or Feather). This also includes any dataframe column that has attributes on each element (in other words: row-level metadata). Our previous approach to saving this metadata is both (computationally) inefficient and unreliable with Arrow queries + datasets. This will most impact saving SF columns. For saving these columns we recommend either converting the columns to well-known binary representations (using sf::st_as_binary(col)) or using the sfarrow package which handles some of the intricacies of this conversion process. We have plans to improve this and re-enable custom metadata like this in the future when we can implement the saving in a safe and efficient way. If you need to preserve the pre-6.0.0 behavior of saving this metadata, you can set options(arrow.preserve_row_level_metadata = TRUE). We will be removing this option in a coming release. We strongly recommend avoiding using this workaround if possible since the results will not be supported in the future and can lead to surprising and inaccurate results. If you run into a custom class besides sf columns that are impacted by this please report an issue.
  • Datasets are officially no longer supported on 32-bit Windows on R < 4.0 (Rtools 3.5). 32-bit Windows users should upgrade to a newer version of R in order to use datasets.

Installation on Linux

  • Package installation now fails if the Arrow C++ library does not compile. In previous versions, if the C++ library failed to compile, you would get a successful R package installation that wouldn’t do much useful.
  • You can disable all optional C++ components when building from source by setting the environment variable LIBARROW_MINIMAL=true. This will have the core Arrow/Feather components but excludes Parquet, Datasets, compression libraries, and other optional features.
  • Source packages now bundle the Arrow C++ source code, so it does not have to be downloaded in order to build the package. Because the source is included, it is now possible to build the package on an offline/airgapped system. By default, the offline build will be minimal because it cannot download third-party C++ dependencies required to support all features. To allow a fully featured offline build, the included create_package_with_all_dependencies() function (also available on GitHub without installing the arrow package) will download all third-party C++ dependencies and bundle them inside the R source package. Run this function on a system connected to the network to produce the “fat” source package, then copy that .tar.gz package to your offline machine and install. Special thanks to @karldw for the huge amount of work on this.
  • Source builds can make use of system dependencies (such as libz) by setting ARROW_DEPENDENCY_SOURCE=AUTO. This is not the default in this release (BUNDLED, i.e. download and build all dependencies) but may become the default in the future.
  • The JSON library components (read_json_arrow()) are now optional and still on by default; set ARROW_JSON=OFF before building to disable them.

Other enhancements and fixes

  • More Arrow data types use ALTREP when converting to and from R. This speeds up some workflows significantly, while for others it merely delays conversion from Arrow to R. ALTREP is used by default, but to disable it, set options(arrow.use_altrep = FALSE)
  • Field objects can now be created as non-nullable, and schema() now optionally accepts a list of Fields
  • Numeric division by zero now matches R’s behavior and no longer raises an error
  • write_parquet() no longer errors when used with a grouped data.frame
  • case_when() now errors cleanly if an expression is not supported in Arrow
  • open_dataset() now works on CSVs without header rows
  • Fixed a minor issue where the short readr-style types T and t were reversed in read_csv_arrow()
  • Bindings for log(..., base = b) where b is something other than 2, e, or 10
  • A number of updates and expansions to our vignettes
  • Fix segfaults in converting length-0 ChunkedArrays to R vectors
  • Table$create() now has alias arrow_table()


  • We now use testthat 3rd edition as our default
  • A number of large test reorganizations
  • Style changes to conform with the tidyverse style guide + using lintr


CRAN release: 2021-09-05

This patch version contains fixes for some sanitizer and compiler warnings.

arrow 5.0.0

CRAN release: 2021-07-29

More dplyr

  • There are now more than 250 compute functions available for use in dplyr::filter(), mutate(), etc. Additions in this release include:

  • The print method for arrow_dplyr_query now includes the expression and the resulting type of columns derived by mutate().

  • transmute() now errors if passed arguments .keep, .before, or .after, for consistency with the behavior of dplyr on data.frames.

CSV writing

  • write_csv_arrow() to use Arrow to write a data.frame to a single CSV file
  • write_dataset(format = "csv", ...) to write a Dataset to CSVs, including with partitioning

C interface

  • Added bindings for the remainder of C data interface: Type, Field, and RecordBatchReader (from the experimental C stream interface). These also have reticulate::py_to_r() and r_to_py() methods. Along with the addition of the Scanner$ToRecordBatchReader() method, you can now build up a Dataset query in R and pass the resulting stream of batches to another tool in process.
  • C interface methods are exposed on Arrow objects (e.g. Array$export_to_c(), RecordBatch$import_from_c()), similar to how they are in pyarrow. This facilitates their use in other packages. See the py_to_r() and r_to_py() methods for usage examples.

Other enhancements

  • Converting an R data.frame to an Arrow Table uses multithreading across columns
  • Some Arrow array types now use ALTREP when converting to R. To disable this, set options(arrow.use_altrep = FALSE)
  • now evaluates to TRUE on NaN values in floating point number fields, for consistency with base R.
  • is.nan() now evaluates to FALSE on NA values in floating point number fields and FALSE on all values in non-floating point fields, for consistency with base R.
  • Additional methods for Array, ChunkedArray, RecordBatch, and Table: na.omit() and friends, any()/all()
  • Scalar inputs to RecordBatch$create() and Table$create() are recycled
  • arrow_info() includes details on the C++ build, such as compiler version
  • match_arrow() now converts x into an Array if it is not a Scalar, Array or ChunkedArray and no longer dispatches base::match().
  • Row-level metadata is now restricted to reading/writing single parquet or feather files. Row-level metadata with datasets is ignored (with a warning) if the dataset contains row-level metadata. Writing a dataset with row-level metadata will also be ignored (with a warning). We are working on a more robust implementation to support row-level metadata (and other complex types) — stay tuned. For working with {sf} objects, {sfarrow} is helpful for serializing sf columns and sharing them with geopandas.

arrow 4.0.1

CRAN release: 2021-05-28

  • Resolved a few bugs in new string compute kernels (#10320, #10287)


CRAN release: 2021-05-10

  • The mimalloc memory allocator is the default memory allocator when using a static source build of the package on Linux. This is because it has better behavior under valgrind than jemalloc does. A full-featured build (installed with LIBARROW_MINIMAL=false) includes both jemalloc and mimalloc, and it has still has jemalloc as default, though this is configurable at runtime with the ARROW_DEFAULT_MEMORY_POOL environment variable.
  • Environment variables LIBARROW_MINIMAL, LIBARROW_DOWNLOAD, and NOT_CRAN are now case-insensitive in the Linux build script.
  • A build configuration issue in the macOS binary package has been resolved.

arrow 4.0.0

CRAN release: 2021-04-27

dplyr methods

Many more dplyr verbs are supported on Arrow objects:

  • dplyr::mutate() is now supported in Arrow for many applications. For queries on Table and RecordBatch that are not yet supported in Arrow, the implementation falls back to pulling data into an in-memory R data.frame first, as in the previous release. For queries on Dataset (which can be larger than memory), it raises an error if the function is not implemented. The main mutate() features that cannot yet be called on Arrow objects are (1) mutate() after group_by() (which is typically used in combination with aggregation) and (2) queries that use dplyr::across().
  • dplyr::transmute() (which calls mutate())
  • dplyr::group_by() now preserves the .drop argument and supports on-the-fly definition of columns
  • dplyr::relocate() to reorder columns
  • dplyr::arrange() to sort rows
  • dplyr::compute() to evaluate the lazy expressions and return an Arrow Table. This is equivalent to dplyr::collect(as_data_frame = FALSE), which was added in 2.0.0.

Over 100 functions can now be called on Arrow objects inside a dplyr verb:

  • String functions nchar(), tolower(), and toupper(), along with their stringr spellings str_length(), str_to_lower(), and str_to_upper(), are supported in Arrow dplyr calls. str_trim() is also supported.
  • Regular expression functions sub(), gsub(), and grepl(), along with str_replace(), str_replace_all(), and str_detect(), are supported.
  • cast(x, type) and dictionary_encode() allow changing the type of columns in Arrow objects; as.numeric(), as.character(), etc. are exposed as similar type-altering conveniences
  • dplyr::between(); the Arrow version also allows the left and right arguments to be columns in the data and not just scalars
  • Additionally, any Arrow C++ compute function can be called inside a dplyr verb. This enables you to access Arrow functions that don’t have a direct R mapping. See list_compute_functions() for all available functions, which are available in dplyr prefixed by arrow_.
  • Arrow C++ compute functions now do more systematic type promotion when called on data with different types (e.g. int32 and float64). Previously, Scalars in an expressions were always cast to match the type of the corresponding Array, so this new type promotion enables, among other things, operations on two columns (Arrays) in a dataset. As a side effect, some comparisons that worked in prior versions are no longer supported: for example, dplyr::filter(arrow_dataset, string_column == 3) will error with a message about the type mismatch between the numeric 3 and the string type of string_column.


  • open_dataset() now accepts a vector of file paths (or even a single file path). Among other things, this enables you to open a single very large file and use write_dataset() to partition it without having to read the whole file into memory.
  • Datasets can now detect and read a directory of compressed CSVs
  • write_dataset() now defaults to format = "parquet" and better validates the format argument
  • Invalid input for schema in open_dataset() is now correctly handled
  • Collecting 0 columns from a Dataset now no longer returns all of the columns
  • The Scanner$Scan() method has been removed; use Scanner$ScanBatches()

Other improvements

  • value_counts() to tabulate values in an Array or ChunkedArray, similar to base::table().
  • StructArray objects gain data.frame-like methods, including names(), $, [[, and dim().
  • RecordBatch columns can now be added, replaced, or removed by assigning (<-) with either $ or [[
  • Similarly, Schema can now be edited by assigning in new types. This enables using the CSV reader to detect the schema of a file, modify the Schema object for any columns that you want to read in as a different type, and then use that Schema to read the data.
  • Better validation when creating a Table with a schema, with columns of different lengths, and with scalar value recycling
  • Reading Parquet files in Japanese or other multi-byte locales on Windows no longer hangs (workaround for a bug in libstdc++; thanks @yutannihilation for the persistence in discovering this!)
  • If you attempt to read string data that has embedded nul (\0) characters, the error message now informs you that you can set options(arrow.skip_nul = TRUE) to strip them out. It is not recommended to set this option by default since this code path is significantly slower, and most string data does not contain nuls.
  • read_json_arrow() now accepts a schema: read_json_arrow("file.json", schema = schema(col_a = float64(), col_b = string()))

Installation and configuration

  • The R package can now support working with an Arrow C++ library that has additional features (such as dataset, parquet, string libraries) disabled, and the bundled build script enables setting environment variables to disable them. See vignette("install", package = "arrow") for details. This allows a faster, smaller package build in cases where that is useful, and it enables a minimal, functioning R package build on Solaris.
  • On macOS, it is now possible to use the same bundled C++ build that is used by default on Linux, along with all of its customization parameters, by setting the environment variable FORCE_BUNDLED_BUILD=true.
  • arrow now uses the mimalloc memory allocator by default on macOS, if available (as it is in CRAN binaries), instead of jemalloc. There are configuration issues with jemalloc on macOS, and benchmark analysis shows that this has negative effects on performance, especially on memory-intensive workflows. jemalloc remains the default on Linux; mimalloc is default on Windows.
  • Setting the ARROW_DEFAULT_MEMORY_POOL environment variable to switch memory allocators now works correctly when the Arrow C++ library has been statically linked (as is usually the case when installing from CRAN).
  • The arrow_info() function now reports on the additional optional features, as well as the detected SIMD level. If key features or compression libraries are not enabled in the build, arrow_info() will refer to the installation vignette for guidance on how to install a more complete build, if desired.
  • If you attempt to read a file that was compressed with a codec that your Arrow build does not contain support for, the error message now will tell you how to reinstall Arrow with that feature enabled.
  • A new vignette about developer environment setup vignette("developing", package = "arrow").
  • When building from source, you can use the environment variable ARROW_HOME to point to a specific directory where the Arrow libraries are. This is similar to passing INCLUDE_DIR and LIB_DIR.

arrow 3.0.0

CRAN release: 2021-01-27

Python and Flight

  • Flight methods flight_get() and flight_put() (renamed from push_data() in this release) can handle both Tables and RecordBatches
  • flight_put() gains an overwrite argument to optionally check for the existence of a resource with the same name
  • list_flights() and flight_path_exists() enable you to see available resources on a Flight server
  • Schema objects now have r_to_py and py_to_r methods
  • Schema metadata is correctly preserved when converting Tables to/from Python


  • Arithmetic operations (+, *, etc.) are supported on Arrays and ChunkedArrays and can be used in filter expressions in Arrow dplyr pipelines
  • Table columns can now be added, replaced, or removed by assigning (<-) with either $ or [[
  • Column names of Tables and RecordBatches can be renamed by assigning names()
  • Large string types can now be written to Parquet files
  • The rlang pronouns .data and .env are now fully supported in Arrow dplyr pipelines.
  • Option arrow.skip_nul (default FALSE, as in base::scan()) allows conversion of Arrow string (utf8()) type data containing embedded nul \0 characters to R. If set to TRUE, nuls will be stripped and a warning is emitted if any are found.
  • arrow_info() for an overview of various run-time and build-time Arrow configurations, useful for debugging
  • Set environment variable ARROW_DEFAULT_MEMORY_POOL before loading the Arrow package to change memory allocators. Windows packages are built with mimalloc; most others are built with both jemalloc (used by default) and mimalloc. These alternative memory allocators are generally much faster than the system memory allocator, so they are used by default when available, but sometimes it is useful to turn them off for debugging purposes. To disable them, set ARROW_DEFAULT_MEMORY_POOL=system.
  • List columns that have attributes on each element are now also included with the metadata that is saved when creating Arrow tables. This allows sf tibbles to faithfully preserved and roundtripped (#8549).
  • R metadata that exceeds 100Kb is now compressed before being written to a table; see schema() for more details.

Bug fixes

  • Fixed a performance regression in converting Arrow string types to R that was present in the 2.0.0 release
  • C++ functions now trigger garbage collection when needed
  • write_parquet() can now write RecordBatches
  • Reading a Table from a RecordBatchStreamReader containing 0 batches no longer crashes
  • readr’s problems attribute is removed when converting to Arrow RecordBatch and table to prevent large amounts of metadata from accumulating inadvertently (#9092)
  • Fixed reading of compressed Feather files written with Arrow 0.17 (#9128)
  • SubTreeFileSystem gains a useful print method and no longer errors when printing

Packaging and installation

  • Nightly development versions of the conda r-arrow package are available with conda install -c arrow-nightlies -c conda-forge --strict-channel-priority r-arrow
  • Linux installation now safely supports older cmake versions
  • Compiler version checking for enabling S3 support correctly identifies the active compiler
  • Updated guidance and troubleshooting in vignette("install", package = "arrow"), especially for known CentOS issues
  • Operating system detection on Linux uses the distro package. If your OS isn’t correctly identified, please report an issue there.

arrow 2.0.0

CRAN release: 2020-10-20


  • write_dataset() to Feather or Parquet files with partitioning. See the end of vignette("dataset", package = "arrow") for discussion and examples.
  • Datasets now have head(), tail(), and take ([) methods. head() is optimized but the others may not be performant.
  • collect() gains an as_data_frame argument, default TRUE but when FALSE allows you to evaluate the accumulated select and filter query but keep the result in Arrow, not an R data.frame
  • read_csv_arrow() supports specifying column types, both with a Schema and with the compact string representation for types used in the readr package. It also has gained a timestamp_parsers argument that lets you express a set of strptime parse strings that will be tried to convert columns designated as Timestamp type.

AWS S3 support

  • S3 support is now enabled in binary macOS and Windows (Rtools40 only, i.e. R >= 4.0) packages. To enable it on Linux, you need the additional system dependencies libcurl and openssl, as well as a sufficiently modern compiler. See vignette("install", package = "arrow") for details.
  • File readers and writers (read_parquet(), write_feather(), et al.), as well as open_dataset() and write_dataset(), allow you to access resources on S3 (or on file systems that emulate S3) either by providing an s3:// URI or by providing a FileSystem$path(). See vignette("fs", package = "arrow") for examples.
  • copy_files() allows you to recursively copy directories of files from one file system to another, such as from S3 to your local machine.

Flight RPC

Flight is a general-purpose client-server framework for high performance transport of large datasets over network interfaces. The arrow R package now provides methods for connecting to Flight RPC servers to send and receive data. See vignette("flight", package = "arrow") for an overview.


  • Comparison (==, >, etc.) and boolean (&, |, !) operations, along with, %in% and match (called match_arrow()), on Arrow Arrays and ChunkedArrays are now implemented in the C++ library.
  • Aggregation methods min(), max(), and unique() are implemented for Arrays and ChunkedArrays.
  • dplyr filter expressions on Arrow Tables and RecordBatches are now evaluated in the C++ library, rather than by pulling data into R and evaluating. This yields significant performance improvements.
  • dim() (nrow) for dplyr queries on Table/RecordBatch is now supported

Packaging and installation

  • arrow now depends on cpp11, which brings more robust UTF-8 handling and faster compilation
  • The Linux build script now succeeds on older versions of R
  • macOS binary packages now ship with zstandard compression enabled

Bug fixes and other enhancements

  • Automatic conversion of Arrow Int64 type when all values fit with an R 32-bit integer now correctly inspects all chunks in a ChunkedArray, and this conversion can be disabled (so that Int64 always yields a bit64::integer64 vector) by setting options(arrow.int64_downcast = FALSE).
  • In addition to the data.frame column metadata preserved in round trip, added in 1.0.0, now attributes of the data.frame itself are also preserved in Arrow schema metadata.
  • File writers now respect the system umask setting
  • ParquetFileReader has additional methods for accessing individual columns or row groups from the file
  • Various segfaults fixed: invalid input in ParquetFileWriter; invalid ArrowObject pointer from a saved R object; converting deeply nested structs from Arrow to R
  • The properties and arrow_properties arguments to write_parquet() are deprecated

arrow 1.0.1

CRAN release: 2020-08-28

Bug fixes

  • Filtering a Dataset that has multiple partition keys using an %in% expression now faithfully returns all relevant rows
  • Datasets can now have path segments in the root directory that start with . or _; files and subdirectories starting with those prefixes are still ignored
  • open_dataset("~/path") now correctly expands the path
  • The version option to write_parquet() is now correctly implemented
  • An UBSAN failure in the parquet-cpp library has been fixed
  • For bundled Linux builds, the logic for finding cmake is more robust, and you can now specify a /path/to/cmake by setting the CMAKE environment variable

arrow 1.0.0

CRAN release: 2020-07-25

Arrow format conversion

  • vignette("arrow", package = "arrow") includes tables that explain how R types are converted to Arrow types and vice versa.
  • Support added for converting to/from more Arrow types: uint64, binary, fixed_size_binary, large_binary, large_utf8, large_list, list of structs.
  • character vectors that exceed 2GB are converted to Arrow large_utf8 type
  • POSIXlt objects can now be converted to Arrow (struct)
  • R attributes() are preserved in Arrow metadata when converting to Arrow RecordBatch and table and are restored when converting from Arrow. This means that custom subclasses, such as haven::labelled, are preserved in round trip through Arrow.
  • Schema metadata is now exposed as a named list, and it can be modified by assignment like batch$metadata$new_key <- "new value"
  • Arrow types int64, uint32, and uint64 now are converted to R integer if all values fit in bounds
  • Arrow date32 is now converted to R Date with double underlying storage. Even though the data values themselves are integers, this provides more strict round-trip fidelity
  • When converting to R factor, dictionary ChunkedArrays that do not have identical dictionaries are properly unified
  • In the 1.0 release, the Arrow IPC metadata version is increased from V4 to V5. By default, RecordBatch{File,Stream}Writer will write V5, but you can specify an alternate metadata_version. For convenience, if you know the consumer you’re writing to cannot read V5, you can set the environment variable ARROW_PRE_1_0_METADATA_VERSION=1 to write V4 without changing any other code.


  • CSV and other text-delimited datasets are now supported
  • With a custom C++ build, it is possible to read datasets directly on S3 by passing a URL like ds <- open_dataset("s3://..."). Note that this currently requires a special C++ library build with additional dependencies–this is not yet available in CRAN releases or in nightly packages.
  • When reading individual CSV and JSON files, compression is automatically detected from the file extension

Other enhancements

  • Initial support for C++ aggregation methods: sum() and mean() are implemented for Array and ChunkedArray
  • Tables and RecordBatches have additional data.frame-like methods, including dimnames() and as.list()
  • Tables and ChunkedArrays can now be moved to/from Python via reticulate

Bug fixes and deprecations

  • Non-UTF-8 strings (common on Windows) are correctly coerced to UTF-8 when passing to Arrow memory and appropriately re-localized when converting to R
  • The coerce_timestamps option to write_parquet() is now correctly implemented.
  • Creating a Dictionary array respects the type definition if provided by the user
  • read_arrow and write_arrow are now deprecated; use the read/write_feather() and read/write_ipc_stream() functions depending on whether you’re working with the Arrow IPC file or stream format, respectively.
  • Previously deprecated FileStats, read_record_batch, and read_table have been removed.

Installation and packaging

  • For improved performance in memory allocation, macOS and Linux binaries now have jemalloc included, and Windows packages use mimalloc
  • Linux installation: some tweaks to OS detection for binaries, some updates to known installation issues in the vignette
  • The bundled libarrow is built with the same CC and CXX values that R uses
  • Failure to build the bundled libarrow yields a clear message
  • Various streamlining efforts to reduce library size and compile time

arrow 0.17.1

CRAN release: 2020-05-19

  • Updates for compatibility with dplyr 1.0
  • reticulate::r_to_py() conversion now correctly works automatically, without having to call the method yourself
  • Assorted bug fixes in the C++ library around Parquet reading

arrow 0.17.0

CRAN release: 2020-04-21

Feather v2

This release includes support for version 2 of the Feather file format. Feather v2 features full support for all Arrow data types, fixes the 2GB per-column limitation for large amounts of string data, and it allows files to be compressed using either lz4 or zstd. write_feather() can write either version 2 or version 1 Feather files, and read_feather() automatically detects which file version it is reading.

Related to this change, several functions around reading and writing data have been reworked. read_ipc_stream() and write_ipc_stream() have been added to facilitate writing data to the Arrow IPC stream format, which is slightly different from the IPC file format (Feather v2 is the IPC file format).

Behavior has been standardized: all read_<format>() return an R data.frame (default) or a Table if the argument as_data_frame = FALSE; all write_<format>() functions return the data object, invisibly. To facilitate some workflows, a special write_to_raw() function is added to wrap write_ipc_stream() and return the raw vector containing the buffer that was written.

To achieve this standardization, read_table(), read_record_batch(), read_arrow(), and write_arrow() have been deprecated.

Python interoperability

The 0.17 Apache Arrow release includes a C data interface that allows exchanging Arrow data in-process at the C level without copying and without libraries having a build or runtime dependency on each other. This enables us to use reticulate to share data between R and Python (pyarrow) efficiently.

See vignette("python", package = "arrow") for details.


  • Dataset reading benefits from many speedups and fixes in the C++ library
  • Datasets have a dim() method, which sums rows across all files (#6635, @boshek)
  • Combine multiple datasets into a single queryable UnionDataset with the c() method
  • Dataset filtering now treats NA as FALSE, consistent with dplyr::filter()
  • Dataset filtering is now correctly supported for all Arrow date/time/timestamp column types
  • vignette("dataset", package = "arrow") now has correct, executable code


  • Installation on Linux now builds C++ the library from source by default, with some compression libraries disabled. For a faster, richer build, set the environment variable NOT_CRAN=true. See vignette("install", package = "arrow") for details and more options.
  • Source installation is faster and more reliable on more Linux distributions.

Other bug fixes and enhancements

  • unify_schemas() to create a Schema containing the union of fields in multiple schemas
  • Timezones are faithfully preserved in roundtrip between R and Arrow
  • read_feather() and other reader functions close any file connections they open
  • Arrow R6 objects no longer have namespace collisions when the R.oo package is also loaded
  • FileStats is renamed to FileInfo, and the original spelling has been deprecated


CRAN release: 2020-02-14

  • install_arrow() now installs the latest release of arrow, including Linux dependencies, either for CRAN releases or for development builds (if nightly = TRUE)
  • Package installation on Linux no longer downloads C++ dependencies unless the LIBARROW_DOWNLOAD or NOT_CRAN environment variable is set
  • write_feather(), write_arrow() and write_parquet() now return their input, similar to the write_* functions in the readr package (#6387, @boshek)
  • Can now infer the type of an R list and create a ListArray when all list elements are the same type (#6275, @michaelchirico)

arrow 0.16.0

CRAN release: 2020-02-09

Multi-file datasets

This release includes a dplyr interface to Arrow Datasets, which let you work efficiently with large, multi-file datasets as a single entity. Explore a directory of data files with open_dataset() and then use dplyr methods to select(), filter(), etc. Work will be done where possible in Arrow memory. When necessary, data is pulled into R for further computation. dplyr methods are conditionally loaded if you have dplyr available; it is not a hard dependency.

See vignette("dataset", package = "arrow") for details.

Linux installation

A source package installation (as from CRAN) will now handle its C++ dependencies automatically. For common Linux distributions and versions, installation will retrieve a prebuilt static C++ library for inclusion in the package; where this binary is not available, the package executes a bundled script that should build the Arrow C++ library with no system dependencies beyond what R requires.

See vignette("install", package = "arrow") for details.

Data exploration

  • Tables and RecordBatches also have dplyr methods.
  • For exploration without dplyr, [ methods for Tables, RecordBatches, Arrays, and ChunkedArrays now support natural row extraction operations. These use the C++ Filter, Slice, and Take methods for efficient access, depending on the type of selection vector.
  • An experimental, lazily evaluated array_expression class has also been added, enabling among other things the ability to filter a Table with some function of Arrays, such as arrow_table[arrow_table$var1 > 5, ] without having to pull everything into R first.


  • write_parquet() now supports compression
  • codec_is_available() returns TRUE or FALSE whether the Arrow C++ library was built with support for a given compression library (e.g. gzip, lz4, snappy)
  • Windows builds now include support for zstd and lz4 compression (#5814, @gnguy)

Other fixes and improvements

  • Arrow null type is now supported
  • Factor types are now preserved in round trip through Parquet format (#6135, @yutannihilation)
  • Reading an Arrow dictionary type coerces dictionary values to character (as R factor levels are required to be) instead of raising an error
  • Many improvements to Parquet function documentation (@karldw, @khughitt)

arrow 0.15.1

CRAN release: 2019-11-04

  • This patch release includes bugfixes in the C++ library around dictionary types and Parquet reading.

arrow 0.15.0

CRAN release: 2019-10-07

Breaking changes

  • The R6 classes that wrap the C++ classes are now documented and exported and have been renamed to be more R-friendly. Users of the high-level R interface in this package are not affected. Those who want to interact with the Arrow C++ API more directly should work with these objects and methods. As part of this change, many functions that instantiated these R6 objects have been removed in favor of Class$create() methods. Notably, arrow::array() and arrow::table() have been removed in favor of Array$create() and Table$create(), eliminating the package startup message about masking base functions. For more information, see the new vignette("arrow").
  • Due to a subtle change in the Arrow message format, data written by the 0.15 version libraries may not be readable by older versions. If you need to send data to a process that uses an older version of Arrow (for example, an Apache Spark server that hasn’t yet updated to Arrow 0.15), you can set the environment variable ARROW_PRE_0_15_IPC_FORMAT=1.
  • The as_tibble argument in the read_*() functions has been renamed to as_data_frame (#5399, @jameslamb)
  • The arrow::Column class has been removed, as it was removed from the C++ library

New features

  • Table and RecordBatch objects have S3 methods that enable you to work with them more like data.frames. Extract columns, subset, and so on. See ?Table and ?RecordBatch for examples.
  • Initial implementation of bindings for the C++ File System API. (#5223)
  • Compressed streams are now supported on Windows (#5329), and you can also specify a compression level (#5450)

Other upgrades

  • Parquet file reading is much, much faster, thanks to improvements in the Arrow C++ library.
  • read_csv_arrow() supports more parsing options, including col_names, na, quoted_na, and skip
  • read_parquet() and read_feather() can ingest data from a raw vector (#5141)
  • File readers now properly handle paths that need expanding, such as ~/file.parquet (#5169)
  • Improved support for creating types in a schema: the types’ printed names (e.g. “double”) are guaranteed to be valid to use in instantiating a schema (e.g. double()), and time types can be created with human-friendly resolution strings (“ms”, “s”, etc.). (#5198, #5201)

arrow 0.14.1

CRAN release: 2019-08-05

Initial CRAN release of the arrow package. Key features include:

  • Read and write support for various file formats, including Parquet, Feather/Arrow, CSV, and JSON.
  • API bindings to the C++ library for Arrow data types and objects, as well as mapping between Arrow types and R data types.
  • Tools for helping with C++ library configuration and installation.