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codeConcatenate Columns in Spark DataFrame

This code snippet provides one example of concatenating columns using a separator in Spark DataFrame. Function concat_ws is used directly. For Spark SQL version, refer to Spark SQL - Concatenate w/o Separator (concat_ws and concat).

Syntax of concat_ws

pyspark.sql.functions.concat_ws(sep: str, *cols: ColumnOrName)


| col1|    col2|     col1_col2|
|Hello| Kontext| Hello,Kontext|
|Hello|Big Data|Hello,Big Data|

Code snippet

from pyspark.sql import SparkSession
from pyspark.sql.functions import concat_ws

app_name = "PySpark concat_ws Example"
master = "local"

spark = SparkSession.builder \
    .appName(app_name) \
    .master(master) \


# Create a DataFrame
df = spark.createDataFrame(
    [['Hello', 'Kontext'], ['Hello', 'Big Data']], ['col1', 'col2'])

# Concatenate these two columns using seperator ','
df = df.withColumn('col1_col2', concat_ws(',', df.col1, df.col2))
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