FTP Walkthrough
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FTP Walkthrough

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Rivery offers a streamlined solution for establishing a connection with an FTP server and effortlessly transferring data to your chosen Target, allowing you to uncover valuable insights within your datasets.

This document will guide you through the entire process, starting from creating a new River within Rivery to selecting extraction techniques and efficiently overseeing your data storage. By the conclusion of this guide, you will possess a comprehensive grasp of how to efficiently utilize Rivery's features to retrieve data from an FTP server and seamlessly incorporate it into your data ecosystem.


Before you can start extracting data from an FTP server using Rivery, it's important to ensure that you have a configured FTP server connection. Once this prerequisite is met, you can follow the step-by-step instructions outlined in this document to set up and execute a data extraction River.

Extracting Data from FTP to Your Chosen Target

Let's initiate the process of pulling data from an FTP server using Rivery and explore the various steps and considerations involved in this procedure:

  1. Create a New River:
    Go to the upper-left corner of the Rivery interface and choose "Create River."

  2. Choose River Type:
    Select "Source to Target" as the River type.

  3. Locate "FTP Server" in the list of available data sources under the "Storage" section.

  4. Click on FTP Server.

  5. Provide a name for your River.

  6. Under "Source Connection," select an existing connection or create a new one.

  7. Select Folder:
    Choose the desired folder from the list of available directories on the FTP server.

  8. Choose Extraction Method.

Extraction Methods:


This method retrieves all data from the source and replaces all existing data in the target, regardless of time periods. It is useful when the source data is complete and up-to-date, and you want to create a fresh copy of the source data in the target.


Incremental Load by File Modified Timestamp

The Incremental Load by File Modified Timestamp method allows you to control the date range of your data.

Please Note:

  • Start Date is mandatory.
  • Data can be retrieved for the date range specified between the start and end dates.
  • If you leave the end date blank, the data will be pulled at the current time of the river's run.
  • Dates are in UTC time.
  • Utilize the "Last Days Back For Each Run" option to extend the starting date and retrieve data from a specified number of days before the selected start date.


Incremental Run: By Template

Templates allow you to run over folders and load files in the order in which they were created.
Simply choose a template type (Timestamp or Epoch time) and a data date range.

Timestamp Template - Utilize {} and the appropriate timestamp components to establish the folder format.

Epoch Time Template - Incorporate {e} (for epoch) or {ee} (for epoch in milliseconds) fields to define the folder structure for running by epoch time. Enter the desired starting value and an optional ending value.
This approach applies to the entire library and is not applicable to individual files.

Please Note:

  • Start Date is mandatory.
  • Data can be retrieved for the date range specified between the start and end dates.
  • If you leave the end date blank, the data will be pulled at the current time of the river's run.
  • Dates are in UTC time.
  • Utilize the "Interval Chunk Size" field when you intend to retrieve data over extended timeframes.


Continuing with the overall procedure:

  1. File Path Prefix and Pattern:
    For the chosen extraction methods, specify the file path prefix and file pattern to filter by.

  2. Select After-Pull Action:

  • Retain the original location.
  • Transfer to the archive path: Select the container name and specify the optional archived folder path.
  • Delete.
  1. Choose the number of files to pull (Leave empty for all).
  2. Select the desired file type: CSV, Excel, JSON, or Other.

Please Note:
For each type, you have the option to include a compressed file; be sure to check the "Is Compressed" checkbox.

File Types


CSV allows you to select the Delimiter, Quote character according to your preference.


In Excel, you can specify the sheet by its position, using a comma separator for multiple sheets.
Typically, the initial row serves as the header, but you have the flexibility to opt for different rows. If this scenario applies and your dataset begins after that particular row, please configure the "start loading rows from row number" to the subsequent row following the header.
An empty list signifies that all sheets will be included.

Towards the bottom of this section, you'll find the option to perform an "Auto Mapping" which allows you to visualize your file's structure.


Please note that the supported JSON format is jsonlines format only.


When opting for "Other" files, Rivery accepts them in their original state, without any data transformation, and limits your Target selection to storage exclusively.

  1. The only remaining step is to navigate to the Target tab and choose a Target warehouse.

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