PySpark DataFrame - Filter Records using where and filter Function

Kontext Kontext visibility 375 event 2022-07-18 access_time 2 years ago language English

In Spark DataFrame, we can use where or filter to filter out unwanted records. Method where is an alias for filter. For filter conditions, we can use either SQL style or expressions (with Spark SQL functions) that return a true or false result. We can use & or | to specify multiple conditions in one filter. 

Code snippet

The following script shows how to use filters. 

from pyspark.sql import SparkSession
import pyspark.sql.functions as F

appName = "PySpark DataFrame - where or filter"
master = "local"

# Create Spark session
spark = SparkSession.builder \
    .appName(appName) \
    .master(master) \


data = [{"a": "100", "b": "200"},
        {"a": "1000", "b": "2000"}]

df = spark.createDataFrame(data)

df.where("a > 100").show()
df.filter(df.a > 100).show()
df.where((df.b > 100) & (df.a == 1000)).show()
df.where((F.col('b') > 100) & (F.col('a') == 1000)).show()


|   a|   b|
| 100| 200|
*The results are the same for the above four filters. 

Filter out null or none values

Refer to Filter Spark DataFrame Columns with None or Null Values.

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