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Parquet 1.x Footer Content

Dmitry Tolpeko shows us what the footer of a Parquet 1.x file looks like:

Every Parquet file has the footer that contains metadata information: schema, row groups and column statistics. The footer is located at the end of the file.

A parquet file content starts and ends with 4-byte PAR1 “magic” string. Right before the ending PAR1 there is 4-byte footer length size (little-endian encoding):

Click through for more details, as well as one downside to Parquet 1.x.