Amazon Athena
User Guide

Query Results

Athena stores query results in Amazon S3.

Each query that you run has:

  • A results file stored automatically in a CSV format (*.csv), and

  • An Athena metadata file (*.csv.metadata).

If necessary, you can access the result files to work with them. Athena stores query results in this Amazon S3 bucket by default: aws-athena-query-results-<ACCOUNTID>-<REGION>.

To view or change the default location for saving query results, choose Settings in the upper right pane.


You can delete metadata files (*.csv.metadata) without causing errors, but important information about the query is lost.

Query results are saved in an Amazon S3 location based on the name of the query and the date the query ran, as follows:


In this notation:

  • QueryLocation is the base location for all query results. To view or change this location, choose Settings. You can enter a new value for Query result location at any time. You can also choose to encrypt query results in Amazon S3. For more information, see Configuring Encryption Options.

  • QueryName is the name of the query for which the results are saved. If the query wasn't saved, Unsaved appears. To see a list of queries and examine their SQL statements, choose Saved queries.

  • yyyy/mm/dd/ is the date the query ran.

  • QueryID is the unique ID of the query.

Saving Query Results

After you run the query, the results appear in the Results pane.

To save the results of the most recent query to CSV, choose the file icon.

To save the results of a query you ran previously, choose History, locate your query, and use Download Results.

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