Google BigQuery

Google BigQuery can be used as a data source or a data destination in Zuar Runner.

Google BigQuery Icon

Source plugin example: Query

Destination plugin examples: CSV, Salesforce, SQL

Google BigQuery as a data destination

Zuar Runner automatically

  • Creates Google BigQuery datasets if they don’t exist

  • Creates Google BigQuery dataset tables if they don’t exist

  • Determines data types for Google BigQuery columns

  • Adds new columns to Google BigQuery tables based on new fields in source systems

  • Adjusts Google BigQuery tables based on changes in source data

Google BigQuery specific setup

The Google BigQuery API requires using a service account key which is downloaded as a JSON file and stored in Zuar Runner. More information on how to generate that key is here.

How to generate service account key in GCP?

  1. Login to your Google Cloud Platform.

  2. Go to the GCP Console home page -

  3. Click on ‘Go to project settings’.

  4. Click on the ‘Service Accounts’ menu on the left navigation bar.

  5. Click on ‘Create Service Account’.

  6. Enter the service account name and description details, grant the service account access to the project and create the account.

  7. Select the newly created service account and click on the ‘KEYS’ tab.

  8. Click the ‘ADD KEY’ dropdown, select ‘Create New Key’ and select JSON as the key type.

The service account key JSON file is automatically downloaded to your local machine.

Below is an example of what this key file contains:

  "type": "service_account",
  "project_id": "mitto-183418",
  "private_key_id": "...",
  "private_key": "...",
  "client_email": "...",
  "client_id": "...",
  "auth_uri": "",
  "token_uri": "",
  "auth_provider_x509_cert_url": "",
  "client_x509_cert_url": "..."

The JSON key file contains the project_id which is used in the database url.

Add the role BigQuery User to the service account.

BigQuery User Role

Below is the database url structure for connecting to a Google BigQuery database:


Here’s an example of using Google BigQuery as a destination in a CSV job:

BigQuery Destination


When outputting to Google BigQuery, leave “Schema” blank and append the dataset name to the end of the output database URL.


Zuar Runner can send SQL statements to Google BigQuery. Use Google BigQuery syntax in these Zuar Runner SQL jobs.