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Metadata is an Action to update the metadata of a delta table (indirectly via the Snapshot).

Use DescribeDeltaDetailCommand to review the metadata of a delta table.

Creating Instance

Metadata takes the following to be created:

  • Id (default: random UUID)
  • Name (default: null)
  • Description (default: null)
  • Format (default: empty)
  • Schema (default: null)
  • Partition Columns (default: Nil)
  • Table Configuration (default: Map.empty)
  • Created Time (default: current time)

Metadata is created when:

Updating Metadata

Metadata can be updated in a transaction once only (and only when created for an uninitialized table, when readVersion is -1).



val path = "/tmp/delta/users"

val deltaLog = DeltaLog.forTable(spark, path)


Table ID

Metadata uses a Table ID (aka reservoirId) to uniquely identify a delta table and is never going to change through the history of the table.

Table ID is given Metadata is created or defaults to a random UUID (Java).


When I asked the question tableId and reservoirId - Why two different names for metadata ID? on delta-users mailing list, Tathagata Das wrote:

Any reference to "reservoir" is just legacy code. In the early days of this project, the project was called "Tahoe" and each table is called a "reservoir" (Tahoe is one of the 2nd deepest lake in US, and is a very large reservoir of water ;) ). So you may still find those two terms all around the codebase.

In some cases, like DeltaSourceOffset, the term reservoirId is in the json that is written to the streaming checkpoint directory. So we cannot change that for backward compatibility.

Column Mapping Mode

columnMappingMode: DeltaColumnMappingMode

columnMappingMode is the value of columnMapping.mode table property (from this Metadata).

columnMappingMode is used when:

Data Schema (of Delta Table)

dataSchema: StructType
Lazy Value

dataSchema is a Scala lazy value to guarantee that the code to initialize it is executed once only (when accessed for the first time) and the computed value never changes afterwards.

Learn more in the Scala Language Specification.

dataSchema is the schema without the partition columns (and is the columns written out to data files).

dataSchema is used when: