Amazon Redshift Datasource Integration

Knowi enables data discovery, querying, visualization and reporting automation from Redshift along with other unstructured and structured datasources.


  1. Connect, extract and transform data from your Redshift, using one of the following options:

    a. Through our UI to connect directly, if your Redshift servers are accessible from the cloud.
    b. Using our Cloud9Agent.

  2. Visualize and Automate your Reporting instantly.

UI Based Approach


  1. Log in to Knowi and select Queries from the left sidebar.
  2. Click on New Datasource + button and select Amazon Redshift from the list of datasources.
  3. After navigating to the New Datasource page, either use the pre-configured settings into Cloud9 Chart's own demo Amazon Redshift database or follow the prompts and configure the following details to set up connectivity to your own Amazon Redshift database:

    a. Datasource Name: Enter a name for your datasource
    b. Host Name: Enter the host name to connect to
    c. Port: Enter the database port
    d. Database Name: Enter the database name
    e. Schema Name: Enter the schema name
    f. User: Enter the User ID to connect
    g. Password: Enter the password to connect to the database
    h. Database Properties: Additional database connection properties/url parameters. For example, ssl=true&anotherProp=anotherVal.

  4. Establish Network connectivity and click on the Test Connection button.

Note: The connection validity of the network can be tested only if it has been established via Direct Connectivity or an SSH tunnel. For more information on connectivity and datasource, please refer to the documentation on- Connectivity & Datasources.

  1. Click on Save and start Querying.



Step 1: Query using a visual builder or query editor

Visual Builder: After connecting to the Amazon Redshift datasource, Knowi will pull out a list of tables along with field samples. Using these tables, you can automatically generate queries through our visual builder in a no-code environment by either dragging and dropping fields or making your selections through the drop-down.


Tip: You can also write queries directly in the Query Editor, a versatile text editor that offers more advanced editing functionalities like Redshift Query, support for multiple language modes, Cloud9QL, and more.

Furthermore, you can also use the Format button in the query editor to auto-format the query text for indentation, spaces, and more.

format redshift

Step 2: Define data execution strategy by using any of the following two options:

  • Direct Execution: Directly execute the Query on the original Datasource, without any storage in between. In this case, when a widget is displayed, it will fetch the data in real time from the underlying Datasource.

  • Non-Direct Execution: For non-direct queries, results will be stored in Knowi?s Elastic Store. Benefits include- long-running queries, reduced load on your database, and more.

Non-direct execution can be put into action if you choose to run the Query once or at scheduled intervals. For more information, feel free to check out this documentation- Defining Data Execution Strategy


Step 3: Click on the Preview button to analyze the results of your Query and fine-tune the desired output, if required.


The result of your Query is called Dataset. After reviewing the results, name your dataset and then hit the Create & Run button.


Cloud9Agent (StandAlone) Configuration

As an alternative to the UI based connectivity above, you can configure Cloud9Agent directly within your network (instead of the UI) to query Redshift. See Cloud9Agent to download and run your agent.


  • Pull data using SQL (and optionally manipulate the results further with Cloud9QL).
  • Execute queries on a schedule, or, one time.

The agent contains a datasource_example_redshift.json and query_example_redshift.json under the examples folder of the agent installation to get you started.

  • Edit those to point to your database and modify the queries to pull your data.
  • Move it into the config directory (datasource_XXX.json files first if the Agent is running).

Datasource Configuration:

Parameter Comments
name Unique Datasource Name.
datasource Set value to redshift
host Host or IP to connect to
port Port to connect to
dbName claimsdemo
userId User id to connect, where applicable.
Password Password, where applicable
userId User id to connect, where applicable.

Query Configuration:

Query Config Params Comments
entityName Dataset Name Identifier
identifier A unique identifier for the dataset. Either identifier or entityName must be specified.
dsName Name of the datasource name configured in the datasource_XXX.json file to execute the query against. Required.
queryStr Redshift SQL query to execute. Required.
frequencyType One of minutes, hours, days,weeks,months. If this is not specified, this is treated as a one time query, executed upon Cloud9Agent startup (or when the query is first saved)
frequency Indicates the frequency, if frequencyType is defined. For example, if this value is 10 and the frequencyType is minutes, the query will be executed every 10 minutes
startTime Optional, can be used to specify when the query should be run for the first time. If set, the the frequency will be determined from that time onwards. For example, is a weekly run is scheduled to start at 07/01/2014 13:30, the first run will run on 07/01 at 13:30, with the next run at the same time on 07/08/2014. The time is based on the local time of the machine running the Agent. Supported Date Formats: MM/dd/yyyy HH:mm, MM/dd/yy HH:mm, MM/dd/yyyy, MM/dd/yy, HH:mm:ss,HH:mm,mm
c9QLFilter Optional post processing of the results using Cloud9QL. Typically uncommon against SQL based datastores.
overrideVals This enables data storage strategies to be specified. If this is not defined, the results of the query is added to the existing dataset. To replace all data for this dataset within Knowi, specify {"replaceAll":true}. To upsert data specify "replaceValuesForKey":["fieldA","fieldB"]. This will replace all existing records in Knowi with the same fieldA and fieldB with the the current data and insert records where they are not present.


Datasource Example:


Query Examples:

       /* This runs every 10 minutes, on the datasource defined in the any of the files that begin with datasource_  */
       "queryStr":"select * from sent",
         /* Tells Knowi to replace all existing values for this dataset with this one */

The query is run every 10 minutes at the top of the hour and replaces all data for that dataset in Knowi.