Overview of Key Features

This topic lists the notable/significant features supported in the current release. It does not list every feature provided by Snowflake.

In this Topic:

Security and Data Protection

SQL Support

Tools and Interfaces


Data Import and Export

Support for bulk loading and unloading data into/out of tables, including:

  • Load any data that uses a supported character encoding.
  • Load data from compressed files.
  • Load most flat, delimited data files (CSV, TSV, etc.).
  • Load data files in JSON, Avro, ORC, Parquet, and XML format.
  • Load from S3 data sources and local files using Snowflake web interface or command line client.
  • Snowpipe — load continuously from an internal (i.e. Snowflake) or external (i.e. S3 or Azure) stage using REST endpoints and Snowflake-provided compute resources.

Data Sharing

Support for sharing data with other Snowflake accounts:

  • Provide data for other accounts to consume.
  • Consume data provided by other accounts.