Table Config

Sample table config and descriptions

A sample table config is shown below which has sub-sections collasped. The sub-sections will be described individually in following sections. Further links to feature specific documention will be included where available.

tableName - Should only contain alpha-numeric characters, hyphens (‘-‘), or underscores (‘_’). Though using a double-underscore (‘__’) is not allowed and reserved for other features within Pinot.

tableType - Indicates the type of the table. There are some settings specific to each type. This will be clarified below as each sub-section is explained.

  • Allowed values:
    • OFFLINE - An offline table is used to host data which might be periodically uploaded - daily, weekly, etc. More information on Offline Tables
    • REALTIME - A realtime table is used to consume data from incoming data streams and serve this data in a near-realtime manner. More information on Realtime Tables
  "tableName": "myPinotTable",
  "tableType": "REALTIME"
  "segmentsConfig": {...},
  "tableIndexConfig": {...},
  "tenants": {...},
  "routing": {...},
  "task": {...},
  "metadata": {...}

Some sections are required, otherwise the table config will be rejected by pinot-controller. The required sections are:

  • tableName
  • tabletype
  • "segmentsConfig": {...}
  • "tableIndexConfig": {...}
  • "tenants": {...}
  • "metadata": {...}

In case of realtime tables, the streamConfig section is required.

Segments Config Section

The segmentsConfig section has information about configuring the following:

  • Segment Retention - with the retentionTimeUnit and retentionTimeValue options. Retention is only applicable to tables of type APPEND.
    • Allowed values:
      • retentionTimeUnit - DAYS
      • retentionTimeValue - Positive integers
  • segmentPushFrequency - to indicate how frequently segments are uploaded. Ignored for tables of type REALTIME.
    • Allowed values - daily, hourly
  • segmentPushType - Indicates the type of push to the table. Ignored for tables of type REALTIME.
    • Allowed values:
      • APPEND means new data will be pushed and appended to the current data in the table, all realtime tables must be explicity set to APPEND.
      • REFRESH will refresh the entire dataset contained within the table. Segment retention is ignored when set to REFRESH.
  • replication - Number of replicas of data in a table, used for tables of type OFFLINE and tables of type REALIME if stream.<consumername>.consumer.type is set to HighLevel (See StreamConfigs Section)
    • Allowed values - Positive integers
  • replicasPerPartition - Number of replicas that consume a single partition of streaming data of a table, used for tables of type REALTIME if stream.<consumername>.consumer.type is set to LowLevel (See StreamConfigs Section)
    • Allowed values - Positive integers
  • Time column - using timeColumnName and timeType, this must match what’s configured in the preceeding schema. This is a special column that Pinot uses to manage retention (removing old segments), split query between REALTIME and OFFLINE tables in a hybrid table, etc.
    • Allowed values - String, this must match the timeFieldSpec section in the schema
  • Segment assignment strategy - Described more on the page Customizing Pinot
"segmentsConfig": {
  "retentionTimeUnit": "DAYS",
  "retentionTimeValue": "5",
  "segmentPushFrequency": "daily",
  "segmentPushType": "APPEND",
  "replication": "3",
  "replicasPerPartition": "3",
  "schemaName": "myPinotSchmea",
  "timeColumnName": "daysSinceEpoch",
  "timeType": "DAYS",
  "segmentAssignmentStrategy": "BalanceNumSegmentAssignmentStrategy"
  • Completion Config

    You can also add a completionConfig section under the segmentsConfig section. Completion config holds information related to realtime segment completion. There is just one field in this config as of now, which is the completionMode. The value of the completioMode decides how non-committers servers should replace the in-memory segment during realtime segment completion. Refer to the Architecture for description about committer server and non-committer servers.

    By default, if the in memory segment in the non-winner server is equivalent to the committed segment, then the non-committer server builds and replaces the segment, else it download the segment from the controller.

    Currently, the supported value for completionMode is

    • DOWNLOAD: In certain scenarios, segment build can get very memory intensive. It might become desirable to enforce the non-committer servers to just download the segment from the controller, instead of building it again. Setting this completionMode ensures that the non-committer servers always download the segment.

For example:

"segmentsConfig": {
  "completionConfig": {
    "completionMode": "DOWNLOAD"

Table Index Config Section

The tableIndexConfig section has information about how to configure:

  • invertedIndexColumns - Indicates a list of real column names as specified in the schema to create inverted indexes for. More info on indexes can be found on the Index Techniques page.
    • Allowed values - String; string must match the column name in the corresponding schema
  • noDictionaryColumns - Indicates a list of real column names as specified in the schema. Column names present will not have a dictionary created. More info on indexes can be found on the Index Techniques page.
    • Allowed values - String; string must match the column name in the corresponding schema
  • sortedColumn - Indicates a list of real column names as specified in the schema. Data should be sorted based on the column names provided. This field needs to be set only for realtime tables. For offline, if the data at source is sorted, we will create a sorted index automatically. More info on indexes can be found on the Index Techniques page.
    • Allowed values - String; string must match the column name in the corresponding schema
  • aggregateMetrics - Switch for the aggregate metrics feature. This feature will aggregate realtime stream data as it is consumed, where applicable, in order to reduce segment sizes. We sum the metric column values of all rows that have the same value for dimension columns and create one row in a realtime segment for all such rows. This feature is only available on REALTIME tables.
    • Allowed values - true to enable, false to disable.


Create a separate section to describe this feature and design, then link to it from this config description

  • segmentPartitionConfig - Configures the Data Partitioning Strategy. Further documentation on this feather available in the Data Partitioning Strategies section.
  • loadMode - indicates how data will be loaded on pinot-server. either "MMAP" or "HEAP" can be configured.
    • Allowed values:
      • MMAP - Configures pinot-server to load data segments to off-heap memory.
      • HEAP - Configures pinot-server to load data directly into direct memory.
  • streamConfigs - This section is where the bulk of the settings specific to only REALTIME tables are found. See StreamConfigs Section
"tableIndexConfig": {
  "invertedIndexColumns": [],
  "noDictionaryColumns" : [],
  "sortedColumn": [
  "noDictionaryColumns": [
  "aggregateMetrics": "true",
  "segmentPartitionConfig": {
    "columnPartitionMap": {
      "contentId": {
        "functionName": "murmur",
        "numPartitions": 32
  "loadMode": "MMAP",
  "lazyLoad": "false",
  "segmentFormatVersion": "v3",
  "streamConfigs": {}

Tenants Section

The tenants section has two main config fields in it. These fields are used to configure which tenants are used within Helix.

"tenants": {
  "broker": "brokerTenantName",
  "server": "serverTenantName"

In the above example,

  • The table will be served by brokers that have been tagged as brokerTenantName_BROKER in Helix.
  • The offline segments for the table will be hosted in pinot servers tagged in helix as serverTenantName_OFFLINE
  • The realtime segments (both consuming as well as completed ones) will be hosted in pinot servers tagged in helix as serverTeantName_REALTIME.

You can also add a tagOverrideConfig section under the tenants section. Currently, the only override allowed is to add additional tags for consuming and completed segments. For example:

"tenants": {
  "broker": "brokerTenantName",
  "server": "serverTenantName",
  "tagOverrideConfig" : {
    "realtimeConsuming" : "serverTenantName_REALTIME"
    "realtimeCompleted" : "serverTenantName_OFFLINE"

In the above example, the consuming segments will stil be assigned to serverTenantName_REALTIME hosts, but once they are completed, the segments will be moved to serverTeantnName_OFFLINE. It is possible to specify the full name of any tag in this section (so, for example, you could decide that completed segments for this table should be in pinot servers tagged as allTables_COMPLETED).

See Ingesting Realtime Data section for more details on consuming and completed segments.

Routing Section

The routing section contains configurations on how which routingTableBuilder will be used and to pass options specific to that builder. There is more information in the Routing Strategies section.

"routing": {
  "routingTableBuilderName": "PartitionAwareRealtime",
  "routingTableBuilderOptions": {}

Metadata Section

The metadata section is used for passing special key-value pairs into Pinot which will be stored with the table config inside of Pinot. There’s more info in the Custom Configs section.

"metadata": {
  "customConfigs": {
    "specialConfig": "testValue",
    "anotherSpecialConfig": "value"

StreamConfigs Section

This section is specific to tables of type REALTIME and is ignored if the table type is any other. See section on Ingesting Realtime Data for an overview of how realtime ingestion works.

Here is a minimal example of what the streamConfigs section may look like:

"streamConfigs" : {
  "realtime.segment.flush.threshold.size": "0",
  "realtime.segment.flush.threshold.time": "24h",
  "realtime.segment.flush.desired.size": "150M",
  "streamType": "kafka",
  "stream.kafka.consumer.type": "LowLevel",
  "": "ClickStream",
  "" : "largest"

The streamType field is mandatory. In this case, it is set to kafka. StreamType of kafka is supported natively in Pinot. You can use default decoder classes and consumer factory classes. Pinot allows you to use other stream types with their own consumer factory and decoder classes (or, even other decoder and consumer factory for kafka if your installation formats kafka messages differently).

If you are considering adding support for streams other than Kafka, please see section Pluggable Streams.

There are some configurations that are generic to all stream types, and others that are specific to stream types.

Configuration generic to all stream types

  • realtime.segment.flush.threshold.size: Maximum number of rows to consume before persisting the consuming segment.

    Note that in the example above, it is set to 0. In this case, Pinot automatically computes the row limit using the value of realtime.segment.flush.desired.size described below. If the consumer type is HighLevel, then this value will be the maximum per consuming segment. If the consumer type is LowLevel then this value will be divided across all consumers being hosted on any one pinot-server.

    Default is 5000000.

  • realtime.segment.flush.threshold.time: Maximum elapsed time after which a consuming segment should be persisted.

    The value can be set as a human readable string, such as "1d", "4h30m", etc. This value should be set such that it is not below the retention of messages in the underlying stream, but is not so long that it may cause the server to run out of memory.

    Default is "6h"

  • realtime.segment.flush.desired.size: Desired size of the completed segments.

    This setting is supported only if consumer type is set to LowLevel. This value can be set as a human readable string such as "150M", or "1.1G", etc. This value is used when realtime.segment.flush.threshold.size is set to 0. Pinot learns and then estimates the number of rows that need to be consumed so that the persisted segment is approximately of this size. The learning phase starts by setting the number of rows to 100,000 (can be changed with the setting realtime.segment.flush.autotune.initialRows). and increasing to reach the desired segment size. Segment size may go over the desired size significantly during the learning phase. Pinot corrects the estimation as it goes along, so it is not guaranteed that the resulting completed segments are of the exact size as configured. You should set this value to optimize the performance of queries (i.e. neither too small nor too large)

    Default is "200M"

  • realtime.segment.flush.autotune.initialRows: Initial number of rows for learning.

    This value is used only if realtime.segment.flush.threshold.size is set o 0 and the consumer type is LowLevel. See realtime.segment.flush.desired.size above.

    Default is "100K"

Configuration specific to stream types

All of these configuaration items have the prefix stream.<streamType>. In the example above, the prefix is stream.kafka.

Important ones to note here are:

  • stream.kafka.consumer.type: This should have a value of LowLevel (recommended) or HighLevel.

    Be sure to set the value of replicasPerPartition correctly as described before in your table configuration.

  • Name of the topic from which to consume.

  • Indicates where to start consumption from in the stream.

    If the consumer type is LowLevel, This configuration is used only when the table is first provisioned. In HighLevel consumer type, it will also be used when new servers are rolled in, or when existing servers are replaced with new ones. You can specify values such as smallest or largest, or even 3d if your stream supports it. If you specify largest, the consumption starts from the most recent events in the data stream. This is the recommended way to create a new table.

    If you specify smallest then the consumption starts from the earliest event avaiable in the data stream.

All the configurations that are prefixed with the streamtype are expected to be used by the underlying stream. So, you can set any of the configurations described in the Kafka configuraton page can be set using the prefix stream.kafka and Kafka should pay attention to it.

More options are explained in the Pluggable Streams section.