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Local CSV


This destination is meant to be used on a local workstation and won't work on Kubernetes


This destination writes data to a directory on the local filesystem on the host running Airbyte. By default, data is written to /tmp/airbyte_local. To change this location, modify the LOCAL_ROOT environment variable for Airbyte.


Please make sure that Docker Desktop has access to /tmp (and /private on a MacOS, as /tmp has a symlink that points to /private. It will not work otherwise). You allow it with "File sharing" in Settings -> Resources -> File sharing -> add the one or two above folder and hit the "Apply & restart" button.

Sync Overview

Output schema

Each stream will be output into its own file. Each file will contain 3 columns:

  • _airbyte_ab_id: a uuid assigned by Airbyte to each event that is processed.
  • _airbyte_emitted_at: a timestamp representing when the event was pulled from the data source.
  • _airbyte_data: a json blob representing with the event data.


Full Refresh SyncYes
Incremental - Append SyncYes
Incremental - Append + DedupedNo

Performance considerations

This integration will be constrained by the speed at which your filesystem accepts writes.

Getting Started

The destination_path will always start with /local whether it is specified by the user or not. Any directory nesting within local will be mapped onto the local mount.

By default, the LOCAL_ROOT env variable in the .env file is set /tmp/airbyte_local.

The local mount is mounted by Docker onto LOCAL_ROOT. This means the /local is substituted by /tmp/airbyte_local by default.


  • If destination_path is set to /local/cars/models
  • the local mount is using the /tmp/airbyte_local default
  • then all data will be written to /tmp/airbyte_local/cars/models directory.

Access Replicated Data Files

If your Airbyte instance is running on the same computer that you are navigating with, you can open your browser and enter file:///tmp/airbyte_local to look at the replicated data locally. If the first approach fails or if your Airbyte instance is running on a remote server, follow the following steps to access the replicated files:

  1. Access the scheduler container using docker exec -it airbyte-server bash
  2. Navigate to the default local mount using cd /tmp/airbyte_local
  3. Navigate to the replicated file directory you specified when you created the destination, using cd /{destination_path}
  4. List files containing the replicated data using ls
  5. Execute cat {filename} to display the data in a particular file

You can also copy the output file to your host machine, the following command will copy the file to the current working directory you are using:

docker cp airbyte-server:/tmp/airbyte_local/{destination_path}/{filename}.csv .

Note: If you are running Airbyte on Windows with Docker backed by WSL2, you have to use similar step as above or refer to this link for an alternative approach.


VersionDatePull RequestSubject
1.0.02022-12-2017998Breaking changes: non backwards compatible. Adds delimiter dropdown.
0.2.102022-06-2013932Merging published connector changes
0.2.92022-02-1410256Add ExitOnOutOfMemoryError to java connectors and bump versions
0.2.82021-07-213555Checkpointing: Partial Success in BufferedStreamConsumer (Destination)
0.2.72021-06-093973add AIRBYTE_ENTRYPOINT for kubernetes support
0.2.62021-05-253290Checkpointing: Worker use destination (instead of source) for state
0.2.52021-05-103327don't split lines on LSEP unicode characters when reading lines in destinations
0.2.42021-05-103289bump all destination versions to support outputting messages
0.2.32021-03-312668Add SupportedDestinationSyncModes to destination specs objects
0.2.22021-03-192460Destinations supports destination sync mode
0.2.02021-03-092238Upgrade all connectors (0.2.0) so protocol allows future / unknown properties
0.1.82021-01-291882Local File Destinations UX change with destination paths
0.1.72021-01-201737Rename destination tables
0.1.62021-01-191708Add metadata prefix to destination internal columns
0.1.52020-12-121294Incremental CSV destination
0.1.42020-11-301038Change jdbc sources to discover more than standard schemas
0.1.32020-11-201021Incremental Docs and Data Model Update
0.1.22020-11-18998Adding incremental to the data model
0.1.12020-11-10895bump versions: all destinations and source exchange rate
0.1.02020-10-21676Integrations Reorganization: Connectors