The Civis Platform is a cloud-based data science platform. This Parsons connector utilizes the Civis API Python client to interact with the Civis Platform. It supports executing Civis SQL queries and writing Parsons Tables to a Civis Redshift cluster.


The CivisClient class requires your Redshift database ID or name, and an API Key. To obtain an API Key, log in to Civis and follow the instructions for Creating an API Key.


To instantiate the CivisClient class, you can either store your database identifier and API Key as environmental variables (CIVIS_DATABASE and CIVIS_API_KEY) or pass them as keyword arguments.


class parsons.CivisClient(db=None, api_key=None, **kwargs)[source]

Instantiate the Civis class.

db: str or int
The Civis Redshift database. Can be a database id or the name of the database.
api_key: str
The Civis api key.
**kwargs: args
Option settings for the client that are described in the documentation.
Civis class
client = None

The Civis API client. Utilize this attribute to access to lower level and more advanced methods which might not be surfaced in Parsons. A list of the methods can be found by reading the Civis API client documentation.

query(sql, preview_rows=10, polling_interval=None, hidden=True, wait=True)[source]

Execute a SQL statement as a Civis query.

Run a query that may return no results or where only a small preview is required. To execute a query that returns a large number of rows, see read_civis_sql().

sql: str
The SQL statement to execute.
preview_rows: int, optional
The maximum number of rows to return. No more than 100 rows can be returned at once.
polling_interval: int or float, optional
Number of seconds to wait between checks for query completion.
hidden: bool, optional
If True (the default), this job will not appear in the Civis UI.
wait: boolean
If True, will wait for query to finish executing before exiting the method.
Parsons Table
See Parsons Table for output options.
table_import(table_obj, table, max_errors=None, existing_table_rows='fail', diststyle=None, distkey=None, sortkey1=None, sortkey2=None, wait=True, **civisargs)[source]

Write the table to a Civis Redshift cluster. Additional key word arguments can passed to # noqa: E501

table_obj: obj
A Parsons Table object
table: str
The schema and table you want to upload to. E.g., ‘scratch.table’. Schemas or tablenames with periods must be double quoted, e.g. ‘scratch.”my.table”’.
api_key: str
Your Civis API key. If not given, the CIVIS_API_KEY environment variable will be used.
max_errors: int
The maximum number of rows with errors to remove from the import before failing.
existing_table_rows: str
The behaviour if a table with the requested name already exists. One of ‘fail’, ‘truncate’, ‘append’ or ‘drop’. Defaults to ‘fail’.
diststyle: str
The distribution style for the table. One of ‘even’, ‘all’ or ‘key’.
distkey: str
The column to use as the distkey for the table.
sortkey1: str
The column to use as the sortkey for the table.
sortkey2: str
The second column in a compound sortkey for the table.
wait: boolean
Wait for write job to complete before exiting method.