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CsvReadOptions, CsvParseOptions, CsvConvertOptions, JsonReadOptions, JsonParseOptions, and TimestampParser are containers for various file reading options. See their usage in read_csv_arrow() and read_json_arrow(), respectively.


The CsvReadOptions$create() and JsonReadOptions$create() factory methods take the following arguments:

  • use_threads Whether to use the global CPU thread pool

  • block_size Block size we request from the IO layer; also determines the size of chunks when use_threads is TRUE. NB: if FALSE, JSON input must end with an empty line.

CsvReadOptions$create() further accepts these additional arguments:

  • skip_rows Number of lines to skip before reading data (default 0).

  • column_names Character vector to supply column names. If length-0 (the default), the first non-skipped row will be parsed to generate column names, unless autogenerate_column_names is TRUE.

  • autogenerate_column_names Logical: generate column names instead of using the first non-skipped row (the default)? If TRUE, column names will be "f0", "f1", ..., "fN".

  • encoding The file encoding. (default "UTF-8")

  • skip_rows_after_names Number of lines to skip after the column names (default 0). This number can be larger than the number of rows in one block, and empty rows are counted. The order of application is as follows:

    • skip_rows is applied (if non-zero);

    • column names are read (unless column_names is set);

    • skip_rows_after_names is applied (if non-zero).

CsvParseOptions$create() takes the following arguments:

  • delimiter Field delimiting character (default ",")

  • quoting Logical: are strings quoted? (default TRUE)

  • quote_char Quoting character, if quoting is TRUE (default '"')

  • double_quote Logical: are quotes inside values double-quoted? (default TRUE)

  • escaping Logical: whether escaping is used (default FALSE)

  • escape_char Escaping character, if escaping is TRUE (default "\\")

  • newlines_in_values Logical: are values allowed to contain CR (0x0d) and LF (0x0a) characters? (default FALSE)

  • ignore_empty_lines Logical: should empty lines be ignored (default) or generate a row of missing values (if FALSE)?

JsonParseOptions$create() accepts only the newlines_in_values argument.

CsvConvertOptions$create() takes the following arguments:

  • check_utf8 Logical: check UTF8 validity of string columns? (default TRUE)

  • null_values character vector of recognized spellings for null values. Analogous to the na.strings argument to read.csv() or na in readr::read_csv().

  • strings_can_be_null Logical: can string / binary columns have null values? Similar to the quoted_na argument to readr::read_csv(). (default FALSE)

  • true_values character vector of recognized spellings for TRUE values

  • false_values character vector of recognized spellings for FALSE values

  • col_types A Schema or NULL to infer types

  • auto_dict_encode Logical: Whether to try to automatically dictionary-encode string / binary data (think stringsAsFactors). Default FALSE. This setting is ignored for non-inferred columns (those in col_types).

  • auto_dict_max_cardinality If auto_dict_encode, string/binary columns are dictionary-encoded up to this number of unique values (default 50), after which it switches to regular encoding.

  • include_columns If non-empty, indicates the names of columns from the CSV file that should be actually read and converted (in the vector's order).

  • include_missing_columns Logical: if include_columns is provided, should columns named in it but not found in the data be included as a column of type null()? The default (FALSE) means that the reader will instead raise an error.

  • timestamp_parsers User-defined timestamp parsers. If more than one parser is specified, the CSV conversion logic will try parsing values starting from the beginning of this vector. Possible values are (a) NULL, the default, which uses the ISO-8601 parser; (b) a character vector of strptime parse strings; or (c) a list of TimestampParser objects.

  • decimal_point Character to use for decimal point in floating point numbers. Default: "."

TimestampParser$create() takes an optional format string argument. See strptime() for example syntax. The default is to use an ISO-8601 format parser.

The CsvWriteOptions$create() factory method takes the following arguments:

  • include_header Whether to write an initial header line with column names

  • batch_size Maximum number of rows processed at a time. Default is 1024.

  • null_string The string to be written for null values. Must not contain quotation marks. Default is an empty string ("").

  • eol The end of line character to use for ending rows.

  • delimiter Field delimiter

  • quoting_style Quoting style: "Needed" (Only enclose values in quotes which need them, because their CSV rendering can contain quotes itself (e.g. strings or binary values)), "AllValid" (Enclose all valid values in quotes), or "None" (Do not enclose any values in quotes).

Active bindings

  • column_names: from CsvReadOptions