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CREATE TABLE table_name
  [WITH ( property_name = expression [, ...] )]
  AS SELECT  select_expr [, ...]
  FROM from_item
  [ LEFT | FULL | INNER ] JOIN join_table ON join_criteria 
  [ WINDOW window_expression ]
  [ WHERE condition ]
  [ GROUP BY grouping_expression ]
  [ HAVING having_expression ]


Create a new ksqlDB table along with the corresponding Kafka topic and stream the result of the SELECT query as a changelog into the topic. Note that the WINDOW clause can only be used if the from_item is a stream.

For joins, the key of the resulting table will be the value from the column from the left table that was used in the join criteria. This column will be registered as the key of the resulting table if included in the selected columns.

For joins, the columns used in the join criteria must be the keys of the tables being joined.

For more information, see Join Event Streams with ksqlDB.

The WITH clause supports the following properties:

Property Description
KAFKA_TOPIC The name of the Kafka topic that backs this table. If this property is not set, then the name of the table will be used as default.
VALUE_FORMAT Specifies the serialization format of the message value in the topic. Supported formats: JSON, JSON_SR, DELIMITED (comma-separated value), AVRO, KAFKA, and PROTOBUF. If this property is not set, then the format of the input stream/table is used. For more information, see Serialization Formats.
VALUE_DELIMITER Used when VALUE_FORMAT='DELIMITED'. Supports single character to be a delimiter, defaults to ','. For space and tab delimited values you must use the special values 'SPACE' or 'TAB', not an actual space or tab character.
PARTITIONS The number of partitions in the backing topic. If this property is not set, then the number of partitions of the input stream/table will be used. In join queries, the property values are taken from the left-side stream or table.
REPLICAS The replication factor for the topic. If this property is not set, then the number of replicas of the input stream or table will be used. In join queries, the property values are taken from the left-side stream or table.
TIMESTAMP Sets a field within this tables's schema to be used as the default source of ROWTIME for any downstream queries. Downstream queries that use time-based operations, such as windowing, will process records in this stream based on the timestamp in this field. Timestamps have a millisecond accuracy. If not supplied, the ROWTIME of the source stream is used.
Note: This doesn't affect the processing of the query that populates this table. For example, given the following statement:
SELECT host, COUNT(*) FROM bar
WINDOW TUMBLING (size 10 seconds)
The window into which each row of bar is placed is determined by bar's ROWTIME, not t2.
TIMESTAMP_FORMAT Used in conjunction with TIMESTAMP. If not set will assume that the timestamp field is a bigint. If it is set, then the TIMESTAMP field must be of type varchar and have a format that can be parsed with the Java DateTimeFormatter. If your timestamp format has characters requiring single quotes, you can escape them with two successive single quotes, '', for example: 'yyyy-MM-dd''T''HH:mm:ssX'. For more information on timestamp formats, see DateTimeFormatter.
WRAP_SINGLE_VALUE Controls how values are serialized where the values schema contains only a single field. The setting controls how the query will serialize values with a single-field schema.
If set to true, ksqlDB will serialize the field as a named field within a record.
If set to false, ksqlDB will serialize the field as an anonymous value.
If not supplied, the system default, defined by ksql.persistence.wrap.single.values and defaulting to true, is used.
Note: null values have special meaning in ksqlDB. Care should be taken when dealing with single-field schemas where the value can be null. For more information, see Single field (un)wrapping.
Note: Supplying this property for formats that do not support wrapping, for example DELIMITED, or when the value schema has multiple fields, will result in an error.


  • To use Avro or Protobuf, you must have Schema Registry enabled and ksql.schema.registry.url must be set in the ksqlDB server configuration file. See Configure ksqlDB for Avro or Protobuf.
  • Avro and Protobuf field names are not case sensitive in ksqlDB. This matches the ksqlDB column name behavior.


TODO: example

Last update: 2020-04-20