AWS Glue
Developer Guide

Filter Class

Builds a new DynamicFrame by selecting records from the input DynamicFrame that satisfy a specified predicate function.


__call__(frame, f, transformation_ctx="", info="", stageThreshold=0, totalThreshold=0))

Returns a new DynamicFrame built by selecting records from the input DynamicFrame that satisfy a specified predicate function.

  • frame – The source DynamicFrame to apply the specified filter function to (required).

  • f – The predicate function to apply to each DynamicRecord in the DynamicFrame. The function must take a DynamicRecord as its argument and return True if the DynamicRecord meets the filter requirements, or False if it does not (required).

    A DynamicRecord represents a logical record in a DynamicFrame. It is similar to a row in a Spark DataFrame, except that it is self-describing and can be used for data that does not conform to a fixed schema.

  • transformation_ctx – A unique string that is used to identify state information (optional).

  • info – A string associated with errors in the transformation (optional).

  • stageThreshold – The maximum number of errors that can occur in the transformation before it errors out (optional; the default is zero).

  • totalThreshold – The maximum number of errors that can occur overall before processing errors out (optional; the default is zero).

apply(cls, *args, **kwargs)

Inherited from GlueTransform apply.


Inherited from GlueTransform name.


Inherited from GlueTransform describeArgs.


Inherited from GlueTransform describeReturn.


Inherited from GlueTransform describeTransform.


Inherited from GlueTransform describeErrors.


Inherited from GlueTransform describe.

AWS Glue Python Example

This example filters sample data using the Filter transform and a simple Lambda function. The dataset used here consists of Medicare Provider payment data downloaded from two sites: Inpatient Prospective Payment System Provider Summary for the Top 100 Diagnosis-Related Groups - FY2011), and Inpatient Charge Data FY 2011.

After downloading the sample data, we modified it to introduce a couple of erroneous records at the end of the file. This modified file is located in a public Amazon S3 bucket at s3://awsglue-datasets/examples/medicare/Medicare_Hospital_Provider.csv. For another example that uses this dataset, see Code Example: Data Preparation Using ResolveChoice, Lambda, and ApplyMapping.

Begin by creating a DynamicFrame for the data:

%pyspark from awsglue.context import GlueContext from awsglue.transforms import * from pyspark.context import SparkContext glueContext = GlueContext(SparkContext.getOrCreate()) dyF = glueContext.create_dynamic_frame.from_options( 's3', {'paths': ['s3://awsglue-datasets/examples/medicare/Medicare_Hospital_Provider.csv']}, 'csv', {'withHeader': True}) print "Full record count: ", dyF.count() dyF.printSchema()

The output should be as follows:

Full record count: 163065L root |-- DRG Definition: string |-- Provider Id: string |-- Provider Name: string |-- Provider Street Address: string |-- Provider City: string |-- Provider State: string |-- Provider Zip Code: string |-- Hospital Referral Region Description: string |-- Total Discharges: string |-- Average Covered Charges: string |-- Average Total Payments: string |-- Average Medicare Payments: string

Next, use the Filter transform to condense the dataset, retaining only those entries that are from Sacramento, California, or from Montgomery, Alabama. The filter transform works with any filter function that takes a DynamicRecord as input and returns True if the DynamicRecord meets the filter requirements, or False if not.


You can use Python’s dot notation to access many fields in a DynamicRecord. For example, you can access the column_A field in dynamic_record_X as: dynamic_record_X.column_A.

However, this technique doesn't work with field names that contain anything besides alphanumeric characters and underscores. For fields that contain other characters, such as spaces or periods, you must fall back to Python's dictionary notation. For example, to access a field named col-B, use: dynamic_record_X["col-B"].

You can use a simple Lambda function with the Filter transform to remove all DynamicRecords that don't originate in Sacramento or Montgomery. To confirm that this worked, print out the number of records that remain:

sac_or_mon_dyF = Filter.apply(frame = dyF, f = lambda x: x["Provider State"] in ["CA", "AL"] and x["Provider City"] in ["SACRAMENTO", "MONTGOMERY"]) print "Filtered record count: ", sac_or_mon_dyF.count()

The output that you get looks like the following:

Filtered record count: 564L