How to read a csv file stored in Amazon S3 using csv DictReader

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I have code that fetches an AWS S3 object. How do I read this StreamingBody with Python's csv.DictReader?

import boto3, csv

session = boto3.session.Session(aws_access_key_id=<>, aws_secret_access_key=<>, region_name=<>)
s3_resource = session.resource('s3')
s3_object = s3_resource.Object(<bucket>, <key>)
streaming_body = s3_object.get()['Body']
Oct 25, 2018 in AWS by datageek
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2 answers to this question.

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The code would be something like this:

import boto3
import csv

# get a handle on s3
s3 = boto3.resource(u's3')

# get a handle on the bucket that holds your file
bucket = s3.Bucket(u'bucket-name')

# get a handle on the object you want (i.e. your file)
obj = bucket.Object(key=u'test.csv')

# get the object
response = obj.get()

# read the contents of the file and split it into a list of lines

lines = response[u'Body'].read().split()

# now iterate over those lines
for row in csv.DictReader(lines):

    # here you get a sequence of dicts
    # do whatever you want with each line here

You can compact this a bit in actual code, but I tried to keep it step-by-step to show the object hierarchy with boto3.

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answered Oct 25, 2018 by Archana
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how to skip the header while reading
Hey, which header are you referring to? what's your query?
next(read, None)
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You can use .get() on an s3.Object() will retrieve the object information and metadata from S3. One of the keys in that dict is Body as shown below.

import boto3

s3 = boto3.resource('s3')
# .get()['Body'] returns a generator!
fileobj = s3.Object('mybucket', 'hello.txt').get()['Body']  # h  # e  # l  # l  # o
answered Dec 16, 2020 by MD
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