Custom schema property types/sizes


Hi all, question on creating custom json schemas. I admit, I am new to this and haven’t gotten into everything yet.

When setting up a custom schema and assigning a type to the property, what size is an integer? Wondering if they are 32bit or 64bit integers?

When reading the docs behind the link to JSON schema, it listed array, boolean, integer, number, null, object, and string as possible types. In other things I have read with Snowplow they talk about GUID and other types as well. Is there a complete list of supported types and what size they correspond to?

Thanks for any help!


Hi @Bruce.Arp,

We follow the standard specification for JSON schema. The main requirements however is it has to be a self-describing one. Below are the list articles you might find useful while getting your head around this topic.

The value for a given type is platform dependent. You can set the limits of values you expect and will be able to store in your preferred storage. Here’s a couple of examples for clarity:

"LargeInt" : {
	"type" : ["integer", "null"],
	"maximum" : 9223372036854775807,
	"minimum" : 0
"String": {
	"type": "string",
	"maxLength": 500

Once you get familiar with the topic, you are welcome to ask specific questions related to your application/scenario. We’ll be happy to help.



Thanks Ihor, time to start reading and learning!



Hello @Bruce.Arp,

Just to follow-up for great @Ihor’s summary about JSON Schema I can recommend you to have a look at our project Schema Guru, dedicated to derive JSON Schema out of set of JSON instances.

Basically, Schema Guru can provide you some sane defaults for things like integer size, string length etc, based only on your set of JSONs, at the same time notably decreasing chance to make a mistake and alleviating manual labor. Also, when you’ll be ready to load your events into Redshift you can use Schema-to-DDL generator in Schema Guru (this functionality will be moved out into another project soon).

But overall, it is very important to understand basics of JSON Schema, so above links are still highly recommended.