Welcome to the Snowflake Documentation

In these topics, you will find all the information you need to access your Snowflake account and perform all the administrative and user tasks associated with using the Snowflake service. The documentation also provides conceptual overviews, tutorials, and a detailed reference for all supported SQL commands, functions, and operators.

You can start by browsing the contents on the left or using the search box at the top to search across the documentation (and other Snowflake resources). If you do not find the information you are looking for, please feel free to reach out to Snowflake Documentation or Snowflake Support using the buttons at the bottom of the page.

Getting Started

  • Before You Begin

    System prerequisites and requirements for using Snowflake.

  • Logging into Snowflake

    Instructions for connecting to Snowflake using the Snowflake web interface and other supported clients.

  • Quick Tour of the Web Interface

    Introduction to the main pages in the Snowflake web interface and the tasks you can perform in each page.

  • Snowflake in 20 Minutes

    Step-by-step instructions for creating a database and table, loading data into the table from an external file, and querying the table.

Introduction to Snowflake

Introduces the Snowflake architecture and basic features.

  • Key Concepts & Architecture

    Overview of Snowflake architecture and basic concepts.

  • Cloud Platforms

    Overview of the cloud computing platforms on which Snowflake is offered.

  • Snowflake Editions

    Description of the services and features included with each edition of Snowflake.

  • Snowflake Regions

    Description of the different geographical regions in which Snowflake is offered.

  • Overview of Key Features

    List of key/major features in the current release of Snowflake.

  • Overview of the Data Lifecycle

    Introduction to the main tasks (and corresponding SQL commands) for getting your data into Snowflake and then using it to perform queries and other SQL operations.

  • Continuous Data Protection

    Introduction to the powerful and unique features that Snowflake provides for ensuring your data is protected, secure, and available.

Tutorials, Videos & Other Resources

Assorted “how to” and “best practices” information for using Snowflake.

Release Notes

Describes new features, enhancements, and fixes introduced in recent releases of Snowflake, as well as features that are currently in preview. Also describes changes made to the client software provided by Snowflake and the required versions of the JDBC and ODBC client drivers.

Connecting to Snowflake

These topics provide an overview of the Snowflake-provided and 3rd-party tools and technologies that form the ecosystem for connecting to Snowflake. They also provide detailed installation and usage instructions for using the Snowflake-provided clients, connectors, and drivers.

Using Snowflake

Describes the concepts and tasks associated with using Snowflake.

Sharing Data in Snowflake

These topics provide concepts and use cases, as well as detailed instructions, for using Snowflake Data Sharing. Data Sharing enables sharing selected objects (tables, secure views, etc.) in a database in your account with other Snowflake accounts.

Managing Your Snowflake Account

Describes the administrative concepts and tasks associated with managing your account in Snowflake. These topics are intended primarily for administrators (i.e. users with the ACCOUNTADMIN, SYSADMIN, or SECURITYADMIN roles).

Managing Security in Snowflake

Describes the administrative concepts and tasks associated with managing account, user, and data security Snowflake. These topics are intended primarily for administrators (i.e. users with the ACCOUNTADMIN, SYSADMIN, or SECURITYADMIN roles).

General Reference

Provides general reference information for using Snowflake:

SQL Command Reference

Links to all the SQL commands (DDL, DML, and query syntax):

SQL Operator & Function Reference

Links to the system-defined operators and functions:

Appendices