Is there a solution converting a SQLAlchemy <Query object> to a pandas DataFrame?

Pandas has the capability to use pandas.read_sql but this requires use of raw SQL. I have two reasons for wanting to avoid it:

  1. I already have everything using the ORM (a good reason in and of itself) and
  2. I’m using python lists as part of the query, e.g.:

db.session.query(Item).filter(Item.symbol.in_(add_symbols) where Item is my model class and add_symbols is a list). This is the equivalent of SQL SELECT ... from ... WHERE ... IN.

Is anything possible?

Below should work in most cases:

df = pd.read_sql(query.statement, query.session.bind)

See pandas.read_sql documentation for more information on the parameters.

Just to make this more clear for novice pandas programmers, here is a concrete example,

pd.read_sql(session.query(Complaint).filter( == 2).statement,session.bind) 

Here we select a complaint from complaints table (sqlalchemy model is Complaint) with id = 2

For completeness sake: As alternative to the Pandas-function read_sql_query(), you can also use the Pandas-DataFrame-function from_records() to convert a structured or record ndarray to DataFrame.
This comes in handy if you e.g. have already executed the query in SQLAlchemy and have the results already available:

import pandas as pd 
from sqlalchemy import Column, Integer, String, create_engine
from sqlalchemy.ext.declarative import declarative_base
from sqlalchemy.orm import scoped_session, sessionmaker

SQLALCHEMY_DATABASE_URI = 'postgresql://postgres:[email protected]:5432/my_database'
engine = create_engine(SQLALCHEMY_DATABASE_URI, pool_pre_ping=True, echo=False)
db = scoped_session(sessionmaker(autocommit=False, autoflush=False, bind=engine))
Base = declarative_base(bind=engine)

class Currency(Base):
    """The `Currency`-table"""
    __tablename__ = "currency"
    __table_args__ = {"schema": "data"}

    id = Column(Integer, primary_key=True, nullable=False)
    name = Column(String(64), nullable=False)

# Defining the SQLAlchemy-query
currency_query = db.query(Currency).with_entities(,

# Getting all the entries via SQLAlchemy
currencies = currency_query.all()

# We provide also the (alternate) column names and set the index here,
# renaming the column `id` to `currency__id`
df_from_records = pd.DataFrame.from_records(currencies
    , index='currency__id'
    , columns=['currency__id', 'name'])

# Or getting the entries via Pandas instead of SQLAlchemy using the
# aforementioned function `read_sql_query()`. We can set the index-columns here as well
df_from_query = pd.read_sql_query(currency_query.statement, db.bind, index_col="id")
# Renaming the index-column(s) from `id` to `currency__id` needs another statement
df_from_query.index.rename(name="currency__id", inplace=True)

The selected solution didn’t work for me, as I kept getting the error

AttributeError: ‘AnnotatedSelect’ object has no attribute ‘lower’

I found the following worked:

df = pd.read_sql_query(query.statement, engine)

If you want to compile a query with parameters and dialect specific arguments, use something like this:

c = query.statement.compile(query.session.bind)
df = pandas.read_sql(c.string, query.session.bind, params=c.params)

from sqlalchemy import Column, Integer, String, create_engine
from sqlalchemy.ext.declarative import declarative_base
from sqlalchemy.orm import sessionmaker

engine = create_engine('postgresql://postgres:[email protected]:5432/DB', echo=False)
Base = declarative_base(bind=engine)
Session = sessionmaker(bind=engine)
session = Session()

conn = session.bind

class DailyTrendsTable(Base):

    __tablename__ = 'trends'
    __table_args__ = ({"schema": 'mf_analysis'})

    company_code = Column(DOUBLE_PRECISION, primary_key=True)
    rt_bullish_trending = Column(Integer)
    rt_bearish_trending = Column(Integer)
    rt_bullish_non_trending = Column(Integer)
    rt_bearish_non_trending = Column(Integer)
    gen_date = Column(Date, primary_key=True)

df_query = select([DailyTrendsTable])

df_data = pd.read_sql(rt_daily_query, con = conn)

This answer provides a reproducible example using an SQL Alchemy select statement and returning a pandas data frame. It is based on an in memory SQLite database so that anyone can reproduce it without installing a database engine.

import pandas
from sqlalchemy import create_engine
from sqlalchemy import MetaData, Table, Column, Text
from sqlalchemy.orm import Session

Define table metadata and create a table

engine = create_engine('sqlite://')
meta = MetaData()
meta.bind = engine
user_table = Table('user', meta,
                   Column("name", Text),
                   Column("full_name", Text))

Insert some data into the user table

stmt = user_table.insert().values(name="Bob", full_name="Sponge Bob")
with Session(engine) as session:
    result = session.execute(stmt)

Read the result of a select statement into a pandas data frame

# Select data into a pandas data frame
stmt = == 'Bob')
df = pandas.read_sql_query(stmt, engine)
  name   full_name
0  Bob  Sponge Bob

if use SQL query

def generate_df_from_sqlquery(query):
   from pandas import DataFrame
   query = db.session.execute(query)
   df = DataFrame(query.fetchall())
   if len(df) > 0:
      df.columns = query.keys()
      columns = query.keys()
      df = pd.DataFrame(columns=columns)
return df

profile_df = generate_df_from_sqlquery(profile_query)