How to Convert PySpark DataFrame to Pandas (With Example)

You can use the toPandas() function to convert a PySpark DataFrame to a pandas DataFrame:

pandas_df = pyspark_df.toPandas()

This particular example will convert the PySpark DataFrame named pyspark_df to a pandas DataFrame named pandas_df.

The following example shows how to use this syntax in practice.

Example: How to Convert PySpark DataFrame to Pandas DataFrame

Suppose we create the following PySpark DataFrame:

from pyspark.sql import SparkSession
spark = SparkSession.builder.getOrCreate()

#define data
data = [['A', 'East', 11, 4], 
        ['A', 'East', 8, 9], 
        ['A', 'East', 10, 3], 
        ['B', 'West', 6, 12], 
        ['B', 'West', 6, 4], 
        ['C', 'East', 5, 2]] 
#define column names
columns = ['team', 'conference', 'points', 'assists'] 
#create DataFrame using data and column names
pyspark_df = spark.createDataFrame(data, columns) 
#view PySpark Dataframe

|   A|      East|    11|      4|
|   A|      East|     8|      9|
|   A|      East|    10|      3|
|   B|      West|     6|     12|
|   B|      West|     6|      4|
|   C|      East|     5|      2|

We can verify that this object is a PySpark DataFrame by using the type() function:

#check object type


We can see that the object pyspark_df is indeed a PySpark DataFrame.

We can then use the following syntax to convert the PySpark DataFrame to a pandas DataFrame:

#convert PySpark DataFrame to pandas DataFrame
pandas_df = pyspark_df.toPandas()

#view first five rows of pandas DataFrame

  team conference  points  assists
0    A       East    11.0      4.0
1    A       East     8.0      9.0
2    A       East    10.0      3.0
3    B       West     6.0     12.0
4    B       West     6.0      4.0

We can see that the PySpark DataFrame has been converted to a pandas DataFrame.

We can verify that the pandas_df object is a pandas DataFrame by using the type() function once again:

#check object type


We can see that the object my_df is indeed a pandas DataFrame.

Note: You can find the complete documentation for the PySpark toPandas function here.

Additional Resources

The following tutorials explain how to perform other common tasks in PySpark:

PySpark: How to Convert RDD to DataFrame
PySpark: How to Check if DataFrame is Empty
PySpark: How to Add Column from Another DataFrame

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