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Data loading and object proxies for the Apache Arrow format.

This package extends Vega's set of data format parsers to support the type "arrow" in Vega version 5.0 and higher. It can also be used in a stand-alone fashion to create proxy objects representing each row in an Arrow table.

You can try the Arrow loader in our Observable notebook examples for both Vega and Vega-Lite.

Usage Instructions

Browser Use

To use this package in a web application, include the compiled vega-loader-arrow.min.js JavaScript file as a script import on a web page, alongside an import for the Apache Arrow JavaScript API.

Import the vega-loader-arrow package after Vega and Arrow have been imported. For example, loading all libraries from a CDN:

  <script src=""></script>
  <script src=""></script>
  <script src=""></script>

Node.js or Bundle Use

In the web browser case above, the Arrow data reader is automatically added to the vega.format data format registry. If you are instead importing the vega-loader-arrow package in node.js or for use in an application bundle, you will need to explicitly register the package:

const arrow = require('vega-loader-arrow'),
      {formats} = require('vega');

// register arrow reader under type 'arrow'
formats('arrow', arrow);

Vega Specifications

Once vega-loader-arrow has been imported and registered, Vega specs can reference and load Arrow data like so:

  "data": [
      "name": "scrabble",
      "format": {"type": "arrow"},
      "url": ""

For more about the dataset above (concerning over 1.5M scrabble games!), see "Introduction to Apache Arrow" by Brian Hulette.

API Reference

# vega.format.arrow(data) <>

Returns an array of data objects for the input data in the Apache Arrow binary format. The input data should be either a buffer (e.g., Uint8Array) or an array of buffers containing Arrow-formatted data.

The returned data objects include properties for all named fields; property access results in a lookup against an underlying Arrow column. If the Arrow table includes multiple fields with the same name, the proxy object accesses the column with the lowest index. An error is thrown if a caller attempts to set values on named field properties. Writes to properties other than Arrow field names are supported, and will not affect the underlying Arrow data.

Making a release

To make a release, tag a new version with yarn version and push the tag. GitHub actions will automatically make a release.



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