Go Arrow Flight client

Apache Arrow for Go integrates with Go scripts and applications to query data stored in InfluxDB.

Use InfluxDB v3 client libraries

We recommend using the influxdb3-go Go client library for integrating InfluxDB v3 with your Go application code.

InfluxDB v3 client libraries wrap Apache Arrow Flight clients and provide convenient methods for writing, querying, and processing data stored in InfluxDB Cloud Serverless. Client libraries can query using SQL or InfluxQL.

Flight SQL client

Example query using Flight SQL

The following example shows how to use the Arrow Flight SQL client for Go to query an InfluxDB Cloud Serverless bucket:

  1. In your editor, open a new file named query.go and enter the following sample code:

    package main
    import (
    func dbQuery(ctx context.Context) error {
      url := ""
      // INFLUX_TOKEN is an environment variable you created for your API token
      token := os.Getenv("INFLUX_TOKEN")
      database := "get-started"
      // Create a gRPC transport
      pool, err := x509.SystemCertPool()
      if err != nil {
        return fmt.Errorf("x509: %s", err)
      transport := grpc.WithTransportCredentials(credentials.NewClientTLSFromCert(pool, ""))
      opts := []grpc.DialOption{
      // Create query client
      client, err := flightsql.NewClient(url, nil, nil, opts...)
      if err != nil {
        return fmt.Errorf("flightsql: %s", err)
      ctx = metadata.AppendToOutgoingContext(ctx, "authorization", "Bearer "+token)
      ctx = metadata.AppendToOutgoingContext(ctx, "database", database)
      // Execute query
      query := `SELECT
        time >= '2022-01-01T08:00:00Z'
        AND time <= '2022-01-01T20:00:00Z'`
      info, err := client.Execute(ctx, query)
      if err != nil {
        return fmt.Errorf("flightsql flight info: %s", err)
      reader, err := client.DoGet(ctx, info.Endpoint[0].Ticket)
      if err != nil {
        return fmt.Errorf("flightsql do get: %s", err)
      // Print results as JSON
      for reader.Next() {
        record := reader.Record()
        b, err := json.MarshalIndent(record, "", "  ")
        if err != nil {
          return err
        fmt.Println("RECORD BATCH")
        if err := reader.Err(); err != nil {
          return fmt.Errorf("flightsql reader: %s", err)
      return nil
    func main() {
      if err := dbQuery(context.Background()); err != nil {
        fmt.Fprintf(os.Stderr, "error: %v\n", err)

    The sample does the following:

    1. Imports the following packages:

      • context
      • crypto/x509
      • encoding/json
      • fmt
      • os
    2. Creates a dbQuery function that does the following:

      1. Defines variables for InfluxDB credentials.

        • url: InfluxDB Cloud Serverless region hostname and port (:443) (no protocol)
        • database: the name of the InfluxDB Cloud Serverless bucket to query
        • token: an API token with read permission on the specified bucket. For security reasons, we recommend setting this as an environment variable rather than including the raw token string.
      2. Defines an opts options list that includes a gRPC transport for communicating with InfluxDB over the gRPC+TLS protocol.

      3. Calls the flightsql.NewClient() method with url and opts to create a new Flight SQL client.

      4. Appends the following InfluxDB credentials as key-value pairs to the outgoing context:

        • authorization: Bearer <INFLUX_TOKEN>
        • database: Bucket name
      5. Defines the SQL query to execute.

      6. Calls the client.execute() method to send the query request.

      7. Calls the client.doGet() method with the ticket from the query response to retrieve result data from the endpoint.

      8. Creates a reader to read the Arrow table returned by the endpoint and print the results as JSON.

    3. Creates a main module function that executes the dbQuery function.

  2. Enter the following commands to install all the necessary packages and run the program to query InfluxDB Cloud Serverless:

    go get ./...
    go run ./query.go

View program output

For more information, see the Go Arrow Flight Client documentation.

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