Avro is a very commonly used binary row oriented file format, it has a very small footprint compared to text formats like CSV.

Many processors like ExecuteSql with reads data from a database are returning the result in avro format.

In this article I share a small groovy template for reading and writing avro files that can very easily be extended to perform enrichment of records or change the record format or being integrated in another script like my XML2CSV processor could easily be modified to XML2AVRO and return avro files.


import org.apache.avro.*
import org.apache.avro.file.*
import org.apache.avro.generic.*

def flowFile = session.get()
if(!flowFile) return

try {

flowFile = session.write(flowFile, {inStream, outStream ->
  // Defining avro reader and writer
   DataFileStream<GenericRecord> reader = new DataFileStream<>(inStream, new GenericDatumReader<GenericRecord>())
   DataFileWriter<GenericRecord> writer = new DataFileWriter<>(new GenericDatumWriter<GenericRecord>())

   // get avro schema
   def schema = reader.schema
   // in my case I am processing a address lookup table data with only one field the address field
   // {"type":"record","name":"lookuptable","namespace":"any.data","fields":[{"name":"address","type":["null","string"]}]}

   // Define wich schema to be used for writing
   // If you want to extend or change the output record format
   // you define a new schema and specify that it shall be used for writing
   writer.create(schema, outStream)
   // process record by record
   while (reader.hasNext()) {
     GenericRecord currRecord = reader.next()
     // Here we can add in data manipulation like anonymization etc
   // Create a new record
   GenericRecord newRecord = new GenericData.Record(schema)
   // populate the record with data
   newRecord.put("address", new org.apache.avro.util.Utf8("My street"))
   // Append a new record to avro file
   //writer.appendAllFrom(reader, false)
   // do not forget to close the writer

} as StreamCallback)

session.transfer(flowFile, REL_SUCCESS)
} catch(e) {
   log.error('Error appending new record to avro file', e)
   flowFile = session.penalize(flowFile)
   session.transfer(flowFile, REL_FAILURE)

The code can also be cloned from git https://github.com/maxbback/avro_reader_writer

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