tap-sftp from meltanolabs

File Transfer Protocl

The tap-sftp extractor pulls data from SFTP that can then be sent to a destination using a loader.

Available Variants

Getting Started


If you haven't already, follow the initial steps of the Getting Started guide:

  1. Install Meltano
  2. Create your Meltano project

Installation and configuration

  1. Add the tap-sftp extractor to your project using
    meltano add
  2. meltano add extractor tap-sftp
  3. Configure the tap-sftp settings using
    meltano config
  4. meltano config tap-sftp set --interactive
  5. Test that extractor settings are valid using
    meltano config
  6. meltano config tap-sftp test

Next steps

If you run into any issues, learn how to get help.


The current capabilities for tap-sftp may have been automatically set when originally added to the Hub. Please review the capabilities when using this extractor. If you find they are out of date, please consider updating them by making a pull request to the YAML file that defines the capabilities for this extractor.

This plugin has the following capabilities:

  • catalog
  • discover
  • state

You can override these capabilities or specify additional ones in your meltano.yml by adding the capabilities key.


The tap-sftp settings that are known to Meltano are documented below. To quickly find the setting you're looking for, click on any setting name from the list:

You can override these settings or specify additional ones in your meltano.yml by adding the settings key.

Please consider adding any settings you have defined locally to this definition on MeltanoHub by making a pull request to the YAML file that defines the settings for this plugin.

Host (host)

  • Environment variable: TAP_SFTP_HOST

The SFTP server hostname.

Port (port)

  • Environment variable: TAP_SFTP_PORT

The SFTP server port.

Username (username)

  • Environment variable: TAP_SFTP_USERNAME

The username for connecting the the SFTP server.

Password (password)

  • Environment variable: TAP_SFTP_PASSWORD

The pass for connecting the the SFTP server.

Private Key File (private_key_file)

  • Environment variable: TAP_SFTP_PRIVATE_KEY_FILE

A path to the private key file for connecting the the SFTP server.

Tables (tables)

  • Environment variable: TAP_SFTP_TABLES

An array that consists of one or more objects that describe how to find files and emit records. Required in each table object - table_name, search_pattern,search_prefix, key_properties (Array containing the unique keys of the table. Defaults to ['_sdc_source_file', '_sdc_source_lineno'], representing the file name and line number. Specify an emtpy array ([]) to load all new files without a replication key), delimiter, encoding (defaults to utf-8), sanitize_header (specifies whether to clean up header names so that they are more likely to be accepted by a target SQL database. Replacing things like columns starting with numbers, special characters with underscores, etc.).

Start Date (start_date)

  • Environment variable: TAP_SFTP_START_DATE

Determines how much historical data will be extracted. Please be aware that the larger the time period and amount of data, the longer the initial extraction can be expected to take.

Request Timeout (request_timeout)

  • Environment variable: TAP_SFTP_REQUEST_TIMEOUT

The SFTP connection timeout in seconds. Defaults to 300.

Decryption Configs (decryption_configs)

  • Environment variable: TAP_SFTP_DECRYPTION_CONFIGS

A configuration for using AWS SSM Parameter Store as the source for the private key file. The tap will download the private key from SSM and use it to authenticate. The keys required are - SSM_key_name, gnupghome, passphrase.


The tap-sftp extractor supports the following commands that can be used with
meltano invoke

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