Use SQLAlchemy ORMs to Access Teradata Data in Python

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Teradata Python Connector

Python Connector Libraries for Teradata Data Connectivity. Integrate Teradata with popular Python tools like Pandas, SQLAlchemy, Dash & petl.

The CData Python Connector for Teradata enables you to create Python applications and scripts that use SQLAlchemy Object-Relational Mappings of Teradata data.

The rich ecosystem of Python modules lets you get to work quickly and integrate your systems effectively. With the CData Python Connector for Teradata and the SQLAlchemy toolkit, you can build Teradata-connected Python applications and scripts. This article shows how to use SQLAlchemy to connect to Teradata data to query, update, delete, and insert Teradata data.

With built-in optimized data processing, the CData Python Connector offers unmatched performance for interacting with live Teradata data in Python. When you issue complex SQL queries from Teradata, the CData Connector pushes supported SQL operations, like filters and aggregations, directly to Teradata and utilizes the embedded SQL engine to process unsupported operations client-side (often SQL functions and JOIN operations).

Connecting to Teradata Data

Connecting to Teradata data looks just like connecting to any relational data source. Create a connection string using the required connection properties. For this article, you will pass the connection string as a parameter to the create_engine function.

To connect to Teradata, provide authentication information and specify the database server name.

  • User: Set this to the username of a Teradata user.
  • Password: Set this to the password of the Teradata user.
  • DataSource: Specify the Teradata server name, DBC Name, or TDPID.
  • Port: Specify the port the server is running on.
  • Database: Specify the database name. If not specified, the default database is used.

Follow the procedure below to install SQLAlchemy and start accessing Teradata through Python objects.

Install Required Modules

Use the pip utility to install the SQLAlchemy toolkit:

pip install sqlalchemy

Be sure to import the module with the following:

import sqlalchemy

Model Teradata Data in Python

You can now connect with a connection string. Use the create_engine function to create an Engine for working with Teradata data.

engine = create_engine("teradata:///?User=myuser&Password=mypassword&Server=localhost&Database=mydatabase")

Declare a Mapping Class for Teradata Data

After establishing the connection, declare a mapping class for the table you wish to model in the ORM (in this article, we will model the NorthwindProducts table). Use the sqlalchemy.ext.declarative.declarative_base function and create a new class with some or all of the fields (columns) defined.

base = declarative_base()
class NorthwindProducts(base):
	__tablename__ = "NorthwindProducts"
	ProductId = Column(String,primary_key=True)
	ProductName = Column(String)

Query Teradata Data

With the mapping class prepared, you can use a session object to query the data source. After binding the Engine to the session, provide the mapping class to the session query method.

Using the query Method

engine = create_engine("teradata:///?User=myuser&Password=mypassword&Server=localhost&Database=mydatabase")
factory = sessionmaker(bind=engine)
session = factory()
for instance in session.query(NorthwindProducts).filter_by(CategoryId="5"):
	print("ProductId: ", instance.ProductId)
	print("ProductName: ", instance.ProductName)

Alternatively, you can use the execute method with the appropriate table object. The code below works with an active session.

Using the execute Method

NorthwindProducts_table = NorthwindProducts.metadata.tables["NorthwindProducts"]
for instance in session.execute( == "5")):
	print("ProductId: ", instance.ProductId)
	print("ProductName: ", instance.ProductName)

For examples of more complex querying, including JOINs, aggregations, limits, and more, refer to the Help documentation for the extension.

Insert Teradata Data

To insert Teradata data, define an instance of the mapped class and add it to the active session. Call the commit function on the session to push all added instances to Teradata.

new_rec = NorthwindProducts(ProductId="placeholder", CategoryId="5")

Update Teradata Data

To update Teradata data, fetch the desired record(s) with a filter query. Then, modify the values of the fields and call the commit function on the session to push the modified record to Teradata.

updated_rec = session.query(NorthwindProducts).filter_by(SOME_ID_COLUMN="SOME_ID_VALUE").first()
updated_rec.CategoryId = "5"

Delete Teradata Data

To delete Teradata data, fetch the desired record(s) with a filter query. Then delete the record with the active session and call the commit function on the session to perform the delete operation on the provided records (rows).

deleted_rec = session.query(NorthwindProducts).filter_by(SOME_ID_COLUMN="SOME_ID_VALUE").first()

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