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    Connect Redshift Spectrum To Glue Data Catalog

    Create a role for Redshift Spectrum

    1. Sign in to aws console
    2. Open the IAM console at
    3. Choose Roles from the left navigation menu
    4. Choose Create role
    5. Choose Redshift from the list of services
    6. Choose Reshift - Customizable under the “Select your use case” section
    7. Choose next
    8. Choose next : Tags
    9. Choose next : review
    10. Choose a name for your role, e.g: redshiftSpectrumRole
    11. Choose Create role
    12. In the roles page, look for the role you have just created (by its name) and click on it
    13. Choose the add inline policy button Add Inline Policy Button
    14. Choose the JSON editing option JSON Editing Option
    15. Paste the following policy (make sure to clear the default base policy before pasting):

          "Version": "2012-10-17",
          "Statement": [
                      "Effect": "Allow",
                      "Action": ["s3:Get*", "s3:List*"],
                      "Resource": "*"
                      "Effect": "Allow",
                      "Action": [
                      "Resource": [
    16. Choose Review policy
    17. Give a name to your policy, e.g “redshiftSpectrum”
    18. Choose Create Policy
    19. Make a note of the role ARN and keep it handy - we will need that for external schema creation
    20. Open the Redshift console at
    21. Choose clusters
    22. Do the following actions per each Redshift cluster you would like to use Redshift Spectrum
      1. Click on the desired cluster
      2. Under “cluster properties” section, choose See IAM roles.
      3. Locate the role name you’ve created in section #10 above and choose it
      4. Click on apply changes

    Create external schema

    1. Run the following query in the cluster (this can be done either via “Query Editor” section under the Redshift Management Console or via your favorite SQL editor:
       create external schema spectrum_schema from data catalog 
       database ‘<database name>’ 
       iam_role '<the role ARN you kept from section #18 above>'
       create external database if not exists;
    2. Open the Lake Formation console at
    3. In the navigation pane, choose Permissions, and then choose Data permissions
    4. Provide the following information (for additional details - please go to
      • For IAM role, choose the IAM role you created, redshiftSpectrumRole. When you run the Amazon Redshift Query Editor, it uses this IAM role for permission to the data.
      • For Database, choose your Lake Formation database.
      • For Table, choose a table within the database to query.
      • For Columns, choose All Columns.
      • Choose the Select permission.
    5. Choose Save.