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Separate storage and compute

In systems that separate storage from compute data is stored in low-cost reliable remote storage systems such as Amazon S3, Google Cloud Storage, Azure Blob Storage, and other S3-compatible storage like MinIO. Hot data is cached locally and When the cache is hit, the query performance is comparable to that of storage-compute coupled architecture. Compute nodes (CN) can be added or removed on demand within seconds. This architecture reduces storage cost, ensures better resource isolation, and provides elasticity and scalability.

This tutorial covers:

  • Running StarRocks in Docker containers
  • Using MinIO for Object Storage
  • Configuring StarRocks for shared-data
  • Loading two public datasets
  • Analyzing the data with SELECT and JOIN
  • Basic data transformation (the T in ETL)

The data used is provided by NYC OpenData and the National Centers for Environmental Information at NOAA.

Both of these datasets are very large, and because this tutorial is intended to help you get exposed to working with StarRocks we are not going to load data for the past 120 years. You can run the Docker image and load this data on a machine with 4 GB RAM assigned to Docker. For larger fault-tolerant and scalable deployments we have other documentation and will provide that later.

There is a lot of information in this document, and it is presented with the step by step content at the beginning, and the technical details at the end. This is done to serve these purposes in this order:

  1. Allow the reader to load data in a shared-data deployment and analyze that data.
  2. Provide the configuration details for shared-data deployments.
  3. Explain the basics of data transformation during loading.



  • Docker
  • 4 GB RAM assigned to Docker
  • 10 GB free disk space assigned to Docker

SQL client

You can use the SQL client provided in the Docker environment, or use one on your system. Many MySQL compatible clients will work, and this guide covers the configuration of DBeaver and MySQL WorkBench.


curl is used to issue the data load job to StarRocks, and to download the datasets. Check to see if you have it installed by running curl or curl.exe at your OS prompt. If curl is not installed, get curl here.



Frontend nodes are responsible for metadata management, client connection management, query planning, and query scheduling. Each FE stores and maintains a complete copy of metadata in its memory, which guarantees indiscriminate services among the FEs.


Compute Nodes are responsible for executing query plans in shared-data deployments.


Backend nodes are responsible for both data storage and executing query plans in shared-nothing deployments.


This guide does not use BEs, this information is included here so that you understand the difference between BEs and CNs.

Launch StarRocks

To run StarRocks with shared-data using Object Storage we need:

  • A frontend engine (FE)
  • A compute node (CN)
  • Object Storage

This guide uses MinIO, which is S3 compatible Object Storage provided under the GNU Affero General Public License.

In order to provide an environment with the three necessary containers StarRocks provides a Docker compose file.

mkdir quickstart
cd quickstart
curl -O
docker compose up -d

Check the progress of the services. It should take around 30 seconds for the FE and CN to become healthy. The MinIO container will not show a health indicator, but you will be using the MinIO web UI and that will verify its health.

Run docker compose ps until the FE and CN show a status of healthy:

docker compose ps
SERVICE        CREATED          STATUS                    PORTS
starrocks-cn 25 seconds ago Up 24 seconds (healthy)>8040/tcp
starrocks-fe 25 seconds ago Up 24 seconds (healthy)>8030/tcp,>9020/tcp,>9030/tcp
minio 25 seconds ago Up 24 seconds>9000-9001/tcp

Generate MinIO credentials

In order to use MinIO for Object Storage with StarRocks you need to generate an access key.

Open the MinIO web UI

Browse to http://localhost:9001/access-keys The username and password are specified in the Docker compose file, and are minioadmin and minioadmin. You should see that there are no access keys yet. Click Create access key +.

MinIO will generate a key, click Create and download the key.

Make sure to click create


The access key is not saved until you click on Create, do not just copy the key and navigate away from the page

SQL Clients

These three clients are tested with this tutorial, you only need one:

  • mysql CLI: You can run this from the Docker environment or your machine.
  • DBeaver is available as a community version and a Pro version.
  • MySQL Workbench

Configuring the client

The easiest way to use the mysql CLI is to run it from the StarRocks container starrocks-fe:

docker compose exec starrocks-fe \
mysql -P 9030 -h -u root --prompt="StarRocks > "

All docker compose commands must be run from the directory containing the docker-compose.yml file.

If you would like to install the mysql CLI expand mysql client install below:

mysql client install
  • macOS: If you use Homebrew and do not need MySQL Server run brew install mysql to install the CLI.
  • Linux: Check your repository system for the mysql client. For example, yum install mariadb.
  • Microsoft Windows: Install the MySQL Community Server and run the provided client, or run mysql from WSL.

Download the data

Download these two datasets to your FE container.

Open a shell on the FE container

Open a shell and create a directory for the downloaded files:

docker compose exec starrocks-fe bash
mkdir quickstart
cd quickstart

New York City crash data

curl -O

Weather data

curl -O

Configure StarRocks for shared-data

At this point you have StarRocks running, and you have MinIO running. The MinIO access key is used to connect StarRocks and Minio.

Connect to StarRocks with a SQL client


Run this command from the directory containing the docker-compose.yml file.

If you are using a client other than the mysql CLI, open that now.

docker compose exec starrocks-fe \
mysql -P9030 -h127.0.0.1 -uroot --prompt="StarRocks > "

Create a storage volume

Details for the configuration shown below:

  • The MinIO server is available at the URL http://minio:9000
  • The bucket created above is named starrocks
  • Data written to this volume will be stored in a folder named shared within the bucket starrocks

The folder shared will be created the first time data is written to the volume

  • The MinIO server is not using SSL
  • The MinIO key and secret are entered as aws.s3.access_key and aws.s3.secret_key. Use the access key that you created in the MinIO web UI earlier.
  • The volume shared is the default volume

Edit the command before you run it and replace the highlighted access key information with the access key and secret that you created in MinIO.

LOCATIONS = ("s3://starrocks/shared/")
"enabled" = "true",
"aws.s3.endpoint" = "http://minio:9000",
"aws.s3.use_aws_sdk_default_behavior" = "false",
"aws.s3.enable_ssl" = "false",
"aws.s3.use_instance_profile" = "false",
"aws.s3.access_key" = "IA2UYcx3Wakpm6sHoFcl",
"aws.s3.secret_key" = "E33cdRM9MfWpP2FiRpc056Zclg6CntXWa3WPBNMy"


Some of the SQL in this document, and many other documents in the StarRocks documentation, and with \G instead of a semicolon. The \G causes the mysql CLI to render the query results vertically.

Many SQL clients do not interpret vertical formatting output, so you should replace \G with ;.

*************************** 1. row ***************************
Name: shared
Type: S3
IsDefault: true
Location: s3://starrocks/shared/
Params: {"aws.s3.access_key":"******","aws.s3.secret_key":"******","aws.s3.endpoint":"http://minio:9000","aws.s3.region":"us-east-1","aws.s3.use_instance_profile":"false","aws.s3.use_aws_sdk_default_behavior":"false"}
Enabled: true
1 row in set (0.03 sec)

The folder shared will not be visible in the MinIO object list until data is written to the bucket.

Create some tables

Create a database

Type these two lines in at the StarRocks > prompt and press enter after each:


USE quickstart;

Create two tables


The crash dataset contains many more fields than these, the schema has been trimmed down to include only the fields that might be useful to answer questions about the impact weather has on driving conditions.



Similar to the crash data, the weather dataset has many more columns (a total of 125 columns) and only the ones that are expected to answer the questions are included in the database.

HourlyDewPointTemperature STRING,
HourlyDryBulbTemperature STRING,
HourlyPrecipitation STRING,
HourlyPresentWeatherType STRING,
HourlyPressureChange STRING,
HourlyPressureTendency STRING,
HourlyRelativeHumidity STRING,
HourlySkyConditions STRING,
HourlyVisibility STRING,
HourlyWetBulbTemperature STRING,
HourlyWindDirection STRING,
HourlyWindGustSpeed STRING,
HourlyWindSpeed STRING

Load two datasets

There are many ways to load data into StarRocks. For this tutorial the simplest way is to use curl and StarRocks Stream Load.


Run these curl commands from the FE shell in the directory where you downloaded the dataset.

You will be prompted for a password. You probably have not assigned a password to the MySQL root user, so just hit enter.

The curl commands look complex, but they are explained in detail at the end of the tutorial. For now, we recommend running the commands and running some SQL to analyze the data, and then reading about the data loading details at the end.

New York City collision data - Crashes

curl --location-trusted -u root             \
-T ./NYPD_Crash_Data.csv \
-H "label:crashdata-0" \
-H "column_separator:," \
-H "skip_header:1" \
-H "enclose:\"" \
-H "max_filter_ratio:1" \
-XPUT http://localhost:8030/api/quickstart/crashdata/_stream_load

Here is the output of the above command. The first highlighted section shown what you should expect to see (OK and all but one row inserted). One row was filtered out because it does not contain the correct number of columns.

Enter host password for user 'root':
"TxnId": 2,
"Label": "crashdata-0",
"Status": "Success",
"Message": "OK",
"NumberTotalRows": 423726,
"NumberLoadedRows": 423725,
"NumberFilteredRows": 1,
"NumberUnselectedRows": 0,
"LoadBytes": 96227746,
"LoadTimeMs": 1013,
"BeginTxnTimeMs": 21,
"StreamLoadPlanTimeMs": 63,
"ReadDataTimeMs": 563,
"WriteDataTimeMs": 870,
"CommitAndPublishTimeMs": 57,
"ErrorURL": ""

If there was an error the output provides a URL to see the error messages. Because the container has a private IP address you will have to view it by running curl from the container.

curl<details from ErrorURL>

Expand the summary for the content seen while developing this tutorial:

Reading error messages in the browser
Error: Value count does not match column count. Expect 29, but got 32.

Column delimiter: 44,Row delimiter: 10.. Row: 09/06/2015,14:15,,,40.6722269,-74.0110059,"(40.6722269, -74.0110059)",,,"R/O 1 BEARD ST. ( IKEA'S
09/14/2015,5:30,BRONX,10473,40.814551,-73.8490955,"(40.814551, -73.8490955)",TORRY AVENUE ,NORTON AVENUE ,,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,Driver Inattention/Distraction,Unspecified,,,,3297457,PASSENGER VEHICLE,PASSENGER VEHICLE,,,

Weather data

Load the weather dataset in the same manner as you loaded the crash data.

curl --location-trusted -u root             \
-T ./72505394728.csv \
-H "label:weather-0" \
-H "column_separator:," \
-H "skip_header:1" \
-H "enclose:\"" \
-H "max_filter_ratio:1" \
-H "columns: STATION, DATE, LATITUDE, LONGITUDE, ELEVATION, NAME, REPORT_TYPE, SOURCE, HourlyAltimeterSetting, HourlyDewPointTemperature, HourlyDryBulbTemperature, HourlyPrecipitation, HourlyPresentWeatherType, HourlyPressureChange, HourlyPressureTendency, HourlyRelativeHumidity, HourlySkyConditions, HourlySeaLevelPressure, HourlyStationPressure, HourlyVisibility, HourlyWetBulbTemperature, HourlyWindDirection, HourlyWindGustSpeed, HourlyWindSpeed, Sunrise, Sunset, DailyAverageDewPointTemperature, DailyAverageDryBulbTemperature, DailyAverageRelativeHumidity, DailyAverageSeaLevelPressure, DailyAverageStationPressure, DailyAverageWetBulbTemperature, DailyAverageWindSpeed, DailyCoolingDegreeDays, DailyDepartureFromNormalAverageTemperature, DailyHeatingDegreeDays, DailyMaximumDryBulbTemperature, DailyMinimumDryBulbTemperature, DailyPeakWindDirection, DailyPeakWindSpeed, DailyPrecipitation, DailySnowDepth, DailySnowfall, DailySustainedWindDirection, DailySustainedWindSpeed, DailyWeather, MonthlyAverageRH, MonthlyDaysWithGT001Precip, MonthlyDaysWithGT010Precip, MonthlyDaysWithGT32Temp, MonthlyDaysWithGT90Temp, MonthlyDaysWithLT0Temp, MonthlyDaysWithLT32Temp, MonthlyDepartureFromNormalAverageTemperature, MonthlyDepartureFromNormalCoolingDegreeDays, MonthlyDepartureFromNormalHeatingDegreeDays, MonthlyDepartureFromNormalMaximumTemperature, MonthlyDepartureFromNormalMinimumTemperature, MonthlyDepartureFromNormalPrecipitation, MonthlyDewpointTemperature, MonthlyGreatestPrecip, MonthlyGreatestPrecipDate, MonthlyGreatestSnowDepth, MonthlyGreatestSnowDepthDate, MonthlyGreatestSnowfall, MonthlyGreatestSnowfallDate, MonthlyMaxSeaLevelPressureValue, MonthlyMaxSeaLevelPressureValueDate, MonthlyMaxSeaLevelPressureValueTime, MonthlyMaximumTemperature, MonthlyMeanTemperature, MonthlyMinSeaLevelPressureValue, MonthlyMinSeaLevelPressureValueDate, MonthlyMinSeaLevelPressureValueTime, MonthlyMinimumTemperature, MonthlySeaLevelPressure, MonthlyStationPressure, MonthlyTotalLiquidPrecipitation, MonthlyTotalSnowfall, MonthlyWetBulb, AWND, CDSD, CLDD, DSNW, HDSD, HTDD, NormalsCoolingDegreeDay, NormalsHeatingDegreeDay, ShortDurationEndDate005, ShortDurationEndDate010, ShortDurationEndDate015, ShortDurationEndDate020, ShortDurationEndDate030, ShortDurationEndDate045, ShortDurationEndDate060, ShortDurationEndDate080, ShortDurationEndDate100, ShortDurationEndDate120, ShortDurationEndDate150, ShortDurationEndDate180, ShortDurationPrecipitationValue005, ShortDurationPrecipitationValue010, ShortDurationPrecipitationValue015, ShortDurationPrecipitationValue020, ShortDurationPrecipitationValue030, ShortDurationPrecipitationValue045, ShortDurationPrecipitationValue060, ShortDurationPrecipitationValue080, ShortDurationPrecipitationValue100, ShortDurationPrecipitationValue120, ShortDurationPrecipitationValue150, ShortDurationPrecipitationValue180, REM, BackupDirection, BackupDistance, BackupDistanceUnit, BackupElements, BackupElevation, BackupEquipment, BackupLatitude, BackupLongitude, BackupName, WindEquipmentChangeDate" \
-XPUT http://localhost:8030/api/quickstart/weatherdata/_stream_load

Verify that data is stored in MinIO

Open MinIO http://localhost:9001/browser/starrocks/ and verify that you have data, metadata, and schema entries in each of the directories under starrocks/shared/


The folder names below starrocks/shared/ are generated when you load the data. You should see a single directory below shared, and then two more below that. Inside each of those directories you will find the data, metadata, and schema entries.

MinIO object browser

Answer some questions

These queries can be run in your SQL client.

How many crashes are there per hour in NYC?

date_trunc("hour", crashdata.CRASH_DATE) AS Time
FROM crashdata
LIMIT 200;

Here is part of the output. Note that I am looking closer at January 6th and 7th as this is Monday and Tuesday of a non-holiday week. Looking at New Years Day is probably not indicative of a normal morning during rush-hour traffic.

|       14 | 2014-01-06 06:00:00 |
| 16 | 2014-01-06 07:00:00 |
| 43 | 2014-01-06 08:00:00 |
| 44 | 2014-01-06 09:00:00 |
| 21 | 2014-01-06 10:00:00 |
| 28 | 2014-01-06 11:00:00 |
| 34 | 2014-01-06 12:00:00 |
| 31 | 2014-01-06 13:00:00 |
| 35 | 2014-01-06 14:00:00 |
| 36 | 2014-01-06 15:00:00 |
| 33 | 2014-01-06 16:00:00 |
| 40 | 2014-01-06 17:00:00 |
| 35 | 2014-01-06 18:00:00 |
| 23 | 2014-01-06 19:00:00 |
| 16 | 2014-01-06 20:00:00 |
| 12 | 2014-01-06 21:00:00 |
| 17 | 2014-01-06 22:00:00 |
| 14 | 2014-01-06 23:00:00 |
| 10 | 2014-01-07 00:00:00 |
| 4 | 2014-01-07 01:00:00 |
| 1 | 2014-01-07 02:00:00 |
| 3 | 2014-01-07 03:00:00 |
| 2 | 2014-01-07 04:00:00 |
| 6 | 2014-01-07 06:00:00 |
| 16 | 2014-01-07 07:00:00 |
| 41 | 2014-01-07 08:00:00 |
| 37 | 2014-01-07 09:00:00 |
| 33 | 2014-01-07 10:00:00 |

It looks like about 40 accidents on a Monday or Tuesday morning during rush hour traffic, and around the same at 17:00 hours.

What is the average temperature in NYC?

SELECT avg(HourlyDryBulbTemperature),
date_trunc("hour", weatherdata.DATE) AS Time
FROM weatherdata
LIMIT 100;


Note that this is data from 2014, NYC has not been this cold lately.

| avg(HourlyDryBulbTemperature) | Time |
| 25 | 2014-01-01 00:00:00 |
| 25 | 2014-01-01 01:00:00 |
| 24 | 2014-01-01 02:00:00 |
| 24 | 2014-01-01 03:00:00 |
| 24 | 2014-01-01 04:00:00 |
| 24 | 2014-01-01 05:00:00 |
| 25 | 2014-01-01 06:00:00 |
| 26 | 2014-01-01 07:00:00 |

Is it safe to drive in NYC when visibility is poor?

Let's look at the number of crashes when visibility is poor (between 0 and 1.0 miles). To answer this question use a JOIN across the two tables on the DATETIME column.

truncate(avg(w.HourlyDryBulbTemperature), 1) AS Temp_F,
truncate(avg(w.HourlyVisibility), 2) AS Visibility,
max(w.HourlyPrecipitation) AS Precipitation,
date_format((date_trunc("hour", c.CRASH_DATE)), '%d %b %Y %H:%i') AS Hour
FROM crashdata c
LEFT JOIN weatherdata w
ON date_trunc("hour", c.CRASH_DATE)=date_trunc("hour", w.DATE)
WHERE w.HourlyVisibility BETWEEN 0.0 AND 1.0
LIMIT 100;

The highest number of crashes in a single hour during low visibility is 129. There are multiple things to consider:

  • February 3rd 2014 was a Monday
  • 8AM is rush hour
  • It was raining (0.12 inches or precipitation that hour)
  • The temperature is 32 degrees F (the freezing point for water)
  • Visibility is bad at 0.25 miles, normal for NYC is 10 miles
| Crashes | Temp_F | Visibility | Precipitation | Hour |
| 129 | 32 | 0.25 | 0.12 | 03 Feb 2014 08:00 |
| 114 | 32 | 0.25 | 0.12 | 03 Feb 2014 09:00 |
| 104 | 23 | 0.33 | 0.03 | 09 Jan 2015 08:00 |
| 96 | 26.3 | 0.33 | 0.07 | 01 Mar 2015 14:00 |
| 95 | 26 | 0.37 | 0.12 | 01 Mar 2015 15:00 |
| 93 | 35 | 0.75 | 0.09 | 18 Jan 2015 09:00 |
| 92 | 31 | 0.25 | 0.12 | 03 Feb 2014 10:00 |
| 87 | 26.8 | 0.5 | 0.09 | 01 Mar 2015 16:00 |
| 85 | 55 | 0.75 | 0.20 | 23 Dec 2015 17:00 |
| 85 | 20 | 0.62 | 0.01 | 06 Jan 2015 11:00 |
| 83 | 19.6 | 0.41 | 0.04 | 05 Mar 2015 13:00 |
| 80 | 20 | 0.37 | 0.02 | 06 Jan 2015 10:00 |
| 76 | 26.5 | 0.25 | 0.06 | 05 Mar 2015 09:00 |
| 71 | 26 | 0.25 | 0.09 | 05 Mar 2015 10:00 |
| 71 | 24.2 | 0.25 | 0.04 | 05 Mar 2015 11:00 |

What about driving in icy conditions?

Water vapor can desublimate to ice at 40 degrees F; this query looks at temps between 0 and 40 degrees F.

truncate(avg(w.HourlyDryBulbTemperature), 1) AS Temp_F,
truncate(avg(w.HourlyVisibility), 2) AS Visibility,
max(w.HourlyPrecipitation) AS Precipitation,
date_format((date_trunc("hour", c.CRASH_DATE)), '%d %b %Y %H:%i') AS Hour
FROM crashdata c
LEFT JOIN weatherdata w
ON date_trunc("hour", c.CRASH_DATE)=date_trunc("hour", w.DATE)
WHERE w.HourlyDryBulbTemperature BETWEEN 0.0 AND 40.5
LIMIT 100;

The results for freezing temperatures suprised me a little, I did not expect too much traffic on a Sunday morning in the city on a cold January day.A quick look at showed that there was a big storm with many crashes that day, just like what can be seen in the data.

| Crashes | Temp_F | Visibility | Precipitation | Hour |
| 192 | 34 | 1.5 | 0.09 | 18 Jan 2015 08:00 |
| 170 | 21 | NULL | | 21 Jan 2014 10:00 |
| 145 | 19 | NULL | | 21 Jan 2014 11:00 |
| 138 | 33.5 | 5 | 0.02 | 18 Jan 2015 07:00 |
| 137 | 21 | NULL | | 21 Jan 2014 09:00 |
| 129 | 32 | 0.25 | 0.12 | 03 Feb 2014 08:00 |
| 114 | 32 | 0.25 | 0.12 | 03 Feb 2014 09:00 |
| 104 | 23 | 0.7 | 0.04 | 09 Jan 2015 08:00 |
| 98 | 16 | 8 | 0.00 | 06 Mar 2015 08:00 |
| 96 | 26.3 | 0.33 | 0.07 | 01 Mar 2015 14:00 |

Drive carefully!

Configuring StarRocks for shared-data

Now that you have experienced using StarRocks with shared-data it is important to understand the configuration.

CN configuration

The CN configuration used here is the default, as the CN is designed for shared-data use. The default configuration is shown below. You do not need to make any changes.

sys_log_level = INFO

be_port = 9060
be_http_port = 8040
heartbeat_service_port = 9050
brpc_port = 8060

FE configuration

The FE configuration is slightly different from the default as the FE must be configured to expect that data is stored in Object Storage rather than on local disks on BE nodes.

The docker-compose.yml file generates the FE configuration in the command.

    command: >
bash -c "echo run_mode=shared_data >> /opt/starrocks/fe/conf/fe.conf &&
echo cloud_native_meta_port=6090 >> /opt/starrocks/fe/conf/fe.conf &&
echo aws_s3_path=starrocks >> /opt/starrocks/fe/conf/fe.conf &&
echo aws_s3_endpoint=minio:9000 >> /opt/starrocks/fe/conf/fe.conf &&
echo aws_s3_use_instance_profile=false >> /opt/starrocks/fe/conf/fe.conf &&
echo cloud_native_storage_type=S3 >> /opt/starrocks/fe/conf/fe.conf &&
echo aws_s3_use_aws_sdk_default_behavior=false >> /opt/starrocks/fe/conf/fe.conf &&
sh /opt/starrocks/fe/bin/"

This results in this config file:


DATE = "$(date +%Y%m%d-%H%M%S)"
JAVA_OPTS="-Dlog4j2.formatMsgNoLookups=true -Xmx8192m -XX:+UseMembar -XX:SurvivorRatio=8 -XX:MaxTenuringThreshold=7 -XX:+PrintGCDateStamps -XX:+PrintGCDetails -XX:+UseConcMarkSweepGC -XX:+UseParNewGC -XX:+CMSClassUnloadingEnabled -XX:-CMSParallelRemarkEnabled -XX:CMSInitiatingOccupancyFraction=80 -XX:SoftRefLRUPolicyMSPerMB=0 -Xloggc:${LOG_DIR}/fe.gc.log.$DATE -XX:+PrintConcurrentLocks"

JAVA_OPTS_FOR_JDK_11="-Dlog4j2.formatMsgNoLookups=true -Xmx8192m -XX:+UseG1GC -Xlog:gc*:${LOG_DIR}/fe.gc.log.$DATE:time"

sys_log_level = INFO

http_port = 8030
rpc_port = 9020
query_port = 9030
edit_log_port = 9010
mysql_service_nio_enabled = true


This config file contains the default entries and the additions for shared-data. The entries for shared-data are highlighted.

The non-default FE configuration settings:


Many configuration parameters are prefixed with s3_. This prefix is used for all Amazon S3 compatible storage types (for example: S3, GCS, and MinIO). When using Azure Blob Storage the prefix is azure_.


This enables shared-data use.


The bucket name.


The MinIO endpoint, including port number.


When using MinIO an access key is used, and so instance profiles are not used with MinIO.


This specifies whether S3 compatible storage or Azure Blob Storage is used. For MinIO this is always S3.


When using MinIO this parameter is always set to false.


In this tutorial you:

  • Deployed StarRocks and Minio in Docker
  • Created a MinIO access key
  • Configured a StarRocks Storage Volume that uses MinIO
  • Loaded crash data provided by New York City and weather data provided by NOAA
  • Analyzed the data using SQL JOINs to find out that driving in low visibility or icy streets is a bad idea

There is more to learn; we intentionally glossed over the data transform done during the Stream Load. The details on that are in the notes on the curl commands below.

Notes on the curl commands

StarRocks Stream Load and curl take many arguments. Only the ones used in this tutorial are described here, the rest will be linked to in the more information section.


This configures curl to pass credentials to any redirected URLs.

-u root

The username used to log in to StarRocks

-T filename

T is for transfer, the filename to transfer.


The label to associate with this Stream Load job. The label must be unique, so if you run the job multiple times you can add a number and keep incrementing that.


If you load a file that uses a single , then set it as shown above, if you use a different delimiter then set that delimiter here. Common choices are \t, ,, and |.


Some CSV files have a single header row with all of the column names listed, and some add a second line with datatypes. Set skip_header to 1 or 2 if you have one or two header lines, and set it to 0 if you have none.


It is common to enclose strings that contain embedded commas with double-quotes. The sample datasets used in this tutorial have geo locations that contain commas and so the enclose setting is set to \". Remember to escape the " with a \.


This allows some errors in the data. Ideally this would be set to 0 and the job would fail with any errors. It is set to 1 to allow all rows to fail during debugging.


The mapping of CSV file columns to StarRocks table columns. You will notice that there are many more columns in the CSV files than columns in the table. Any columns that are not included in the table are skipped.

You will also notice that there is some transformation of data included in the columns: line for the crash dataset. It is very common to find dates and times in CSV files that do not conform to standards. This is the logic for converting the CSV data for the time and date of the crash to a DATETIME type:

The columns line

This is the beginning of one data record. The date is in MM/DD/YYYY format, and the time is HH:MI. Since DATETIME is generally YYYY-MM-DD HH:MI:SS we need to transform this data.

08/05/2014,9:10,BRONX,10469,40.8733019,-73.8536375,"(40.8733019, -73.8536375)",

This is the beginning of the columns: parameter:

-H "columns:tmp_CRASH_DATE, tmp_CRASH_TIME, CRASH_DATE=str_to_date(concat_ws(' ', tmp_CRASH_DATE, tmp_CRASH_TIME), '%m/%d/%Y %H:%i')

This instructs StarRocks to:

  • Assign the content of the first column of the CSV file to tmp_CRASH_DATE
  • Assign the content of the second column of the CSV file to tmp_CRASH_TIME
  • concat_ws() concatenates tmp_CRASH_DATE and tmp_CRASH_TIME together with a space between them
  • str_to_date() creates a DATETIME from the concatenated string
  • store the resulting DATETIME in the column CRASH_DATE

More information

StarRocks table design

Materialized views

Stream Load

The Motor Vehicle Collisions - Crashes dataset is provided by New York City subject to these terms of use and privacy policy.

The Local Climatological Data(LCD) is provided by NOAA with this disclaimer and this privacy policy.