August 17, 2023

tSampleRow – Docs for ESB 5.x



tSampleRow properties

Component family




tSampleRow filters rows according to line


tSampleRow helps to select rows according to a
list of single lines and/or a list of groups of lines.

Basic settings

Schema and Edit Schema

A schema is a row description, it defines the number of fields to be processed
and passed on to the next component. The schema is either Built-in or stored remotely in the Repository.

Since version 5.6, both the Built-In mode and the Repository mode are
available in any of the Talend solutions.

Click Edit schema to make changes to the schema. If the
current schema is of the Repository type, three options are

  • View schema: choose this option to view the
    schema only.

  • Change to built-in property: choose this option
    to change the schema to Built-in for local

  • Update repository connection: choose this option to change
    the schema stored in the repository and decide whether to propagate the changes to
    all the Jobs upon completion. If you just want to propagate the changes to the
    current Job, you can select No upon completion and
    choose this schema metadata again in the [Repository

Click Sync columns to retrieve the schema from
the previous component in the Job.

This component offers the advantage of the dynamic schema feature. This allows you to
retrieve unknown columns from source files or to copy batches of columns from a source
without mapping each column individually. For further information about dynamic schemas,
see Talend Studio
User Guide.

This dynamic schema feature is designed for the purpose of retrieving unknown columns
of a table and is recommended to be used for this purpose only; it is not recommended
for the use of creating tables.



Built-in: You create the schema and store it
locally for the relevant component. Related topic: see Talend Studio
User Guide



Repository: The schema already exists and is
stored in the Repository, hence can be reused in various projects and Job
flowcharts. Related topic: see Talend Studio User



Enter a range using the relevant syntax to choose a list of single lines and/or
a list of groups of lines.

Global Variables

ERROR_MESSAGE: the error message generated by the
component when an error occurs. This is an After variable and it returns a string. This
variable functions only if the Die on error check box is
cleared, if the component has this check box.

A Flow variable functions during the execution of a component while an After variable
functions after the execution of the component.

To fill up a field or expression with a variable, press Ctrl +
to access the variable list and choose the variable to use from it.

For further information about variables, see Talend Studio
User Guide.


This component handles flows of data therefore it requires input and output


The activity of this component can be logged using the log4j feature. For more information on this feature, see Talend Studio User

For more information on the log4j logging levels, see the Apache documentation at



Scenario: Filtering rows and groups of rows

This scenario describes a three-component Job. A tRowGenerator is used to create random entries which are directly sent to a
tSampleRow where they will be filtered according to a
defined range. In this scenario, we suppose the input flow contains names of salespersons
along with their respective number of sold products and their years of presence in the
enterprise. The result of the filtering operation is displayed on the Run console.

Dropping and linking the components

  1. Drop the following components from the Palette onto
    the design workspace: tRowGenerator, tSampleRow, and tLogRow.

  2. Connect the three components using Row > Main links.


Configuring the components

  1. In the design workspace, select tRowgenerator, and
    click the Component tab to define the basic settings
    for tRowGenerator.

  2. Click the […] button next to Edit Schema to define the data you want to use as input. In
    this scenario, the schema is made of five columns.

  3. In the Basic settings view, click RowGenerator Editor to define the data to be generated.

  4. In the RowGenerator Editor, specify the number of
    rows to be generated in the Number of Rows for
    field and click OK. The
    RowGenerator Editor closes.

  5. In the design workspace, select tSampleRow and
    click the Component tab to define the basic settings
    for tSampleRow.

  6. In the Basic settings view, set the Schema to Built-In and click
    Sync columns to retrieve the schema from the
    tRowGenerator component.

  7. In the Range panel, set the filter to select your
    rows using the correct syntax as explained. In this scenario, we want to select the
    first and fifth lines along with the group of lines between 9 and 12.

  8. In the design workspace, select tLogRow and click
    the Component tab to define its basic settings. For
    more information about tLogRow, see tLogRow.

Saving and execting the Job

  1. Press Ctrl+S to save your Job.

  2. Press F6, or click Run on the Run tab to execute the


    The filtering result displayed on the console shows the first and fifth rows and the
    group of rows between 9 and 12.

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