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Data updates


Apache Druid stores data partitioned by time chunk and supports overwriting existing data using time ranges. Data outside the replacement time range is not touched. Overwriting of existing data is done using the same mechanisms as batch ingestion.

For example:

In both cases, Druid's atomic update mechanism ensures that queries will flip seamlessly from the old data to the new data on a time-chunk-by-time-chunk basis.

Ingestion and overwriting cannot run concurrently for the same time range of the same datasource. While an overwrite job is ongoing for a particular time range of a datasource, new ingestions for that time range are queued up. Ingestions for other time ranges proceed as normal. Read-only queries also proceed as normal, using the pre-existing version of the data.


Druid does not support single-record updates by primary key.


Reindexing is an overwrite of existing data where the source of new data is the existing data itself. It is used to perform schema changes, repartition data, filter out unwanted data, enrich existing data, and so on. This behaves just like any other overwrite with regard to atomic updates and locking.

With native batch, use the druid input source. If needed, transformSpec can be used to filter or modify data during the reindexing job.

With SQL, use REPLACE <table> OVERWRITE with SELECT ... FROM <table>. (Druid does not have UPDATE or ALTER TABLE statements.) Any SQL SELECT query can be used to filter, modify, or enrich the data during the reindexing job.

Rolled-up datasources

Rolled-up datasources can be effectively updated using appends, without rewrites. When you append a row that has an identical set of dimensions to an existing row, queries that use aggregation operators automatically combine those two rows together at query time.

Compaction or automatic compaction can be used to physically combine these matching rows together later on, by rewriting segments in the background.


If you have a dimension where values need to be updated frequently, try first using lookups. A classic use case of lookups is when you have an ID dimension stored in a Druid segment, and want to map the ID dimension to a human-readable string that may need to be updated periodically.