Connect Redshift Spectrum to Glue Data Catalog

This page provides a guide on how to connect Redshift Spectrum to Glue Data Catalog.

To connect Redshift to the AWS Glue Data Catalog, you need to:

Create a role for Redshift Spectrum

1. Sign in to the AWS console.

2. Open the IAM console at

3. In the navigation pane, click Roles.

4. Click Create Role.

5. Select Redshift from the list of services.

6. In the Select your use case section, select Redshift > Customizable.

7. Click Next: Permissions.

8. Click Next: Tags.

9. Click Next: Review.

10. Enter a name for your role (e.g. redshiftSpectrumRole).

11. Click Create Role.

12. On the Roles page, look for the role just created (by name) and select it.

13. Select Add Inline Policy.

Add Inline Policy Button

14. Select JSON Editing Option.

JSON Editing Option

15. Paste the following policy into the editor (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. Click Review Policy.

17. Give a name to your policy (for example, redshiftSpectrum).

18. Click Create Policy.

19. Make a note of the role ARN and keep it handy - you will need this for the external schema creation.

20. Open the Redshift console at

21. Select CLUSTERS.

22. For each cluster that will use Redshift, click on the required cluster.

23. In the Cluster Properties section, select IAM roles.

24. Locate and select the role you created.

25. Click Apply changes.

Select a review policy

1. Select a name for the policy, for example, redshiftSpectrum.

2. Select Create Policy.

3. Make a note of the role ARN (it is required for external schema creation).

4. Open the Redshift console at

5. Select Clusters.

6. Perform the following actions for each Redshift cluster on which you want to use

  • Redshift Spectrum:

  • Select the cluster.

  • In the Cluster Properties section, select See IAM roles.

  • Locate and select the previously created role name.

7. Click Apply Changes.

Create external schema

1. Run the following query in the cluster (this can be done either via the 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 created above'
create external database if not exists;

2. Open the Lake Formation console at:

3. In the navigation pane, select Permissions > Data permissions.

4. Provide the following information:



IAM role

Select the IAM role created, redshiftSpectrumRole, as the IAM role. The Amazon Redshift Query Editor uses this IAM role for permission to access the data. See: Create an IAM role for Amazon Redshift


Select your Lake Formation database.


Select a table within the database to query.


Select All Columns.

5. Select Select permission.

6. Click Save.