polars.DataFrame.to_numpy#

DataFrame.to_numpy(
*,
structured: bool = False,
order: IndexOrder = 'fortran',
writable: bool = False,
allow_copy: bool = True,
use_pyarrow: bool | None = None,
) np.ndarray[Any, Any][source]#

Convert this DataFrame to a NumPy ndarray.

This operation copies data only when necessary. The conversion is zero copy when all of the following hold:

  • The DataFrame is fully contiguous in memory, with all Series back-to-back and all Series consisting of a single chunk.

  • The data type is an integer or float.

  • The DataFrame contains no null values.

  • The order parameter is set to fortran (default).

  • The writable parameter is set to False (default).

Parameters:
structured

Return a structured array with a data type that corresponds to the DataFrame schema. If set to False (default), a 2D ndarray is returned instead.

order

The index order of the returned NumPy array, either C-like or Fortran-like. In general, using the Fortran-like index order is faster. However, the C-like order might be more appropriate to use for downstream applications to prevent cloning data, e.g. when reshaping into a one-dimensional array.

writable

Ensure the resulting array is writable. This will force a copy of the data if the array was created without copy, as the underlying Arrow data is immutable.

allow_copy

Allow memory to be copied to perform the conversion. If set to False, causes conversions that are not zero-copy to fail.

use_pyarrow

Use pyarrow.Array.to_numpy

function for the conversion to NumPy if necessary.

Deprecated since version 0.20.28: Polars now uses its native engine by default for conversion to NumPy.

Examples

Numeric data without nulls can be converted without copying data in some cases. The resulting array will not be writable.

>>> df = pl.DataFrame({"a": [1, 2, 3]})
>>> arr = df.to_numpy()
>>> arr
array([[1],
       [2],
       [3]])
>>> arr.flags.writeable
False

Set writable=True to force data copy to make the array writable.

>>> df.to_numpy(writable=True).flags.writeable
True

If the DataFrame contains different numeric data types, the resulting data type will be the supertype. This requires data to be copied. Integer types with nulls are cast to a float type with nan representing a null value.

>>> df = pl.DataFrame({"a": [1, 2, None], "b": [4.0, 5.0, 6.0]})
>>> df.to_numpy()
array([[ 1.,  4.],
       [ 2.,  5.],
       [nan,  6.]])

Set allow_copy=False to raise an error if data would be copied.

>>> s.to_numpy(allow_copy=False)
Traceback (most recent call last):
...
RuntimeError: copy not allowed: cannot convert to a NumPy array without copying data

Polars defaults to F-contiguous order. Use order="c" to force the resulting array to be C-contiguous.

>>> df.to_numpy(order="c").flags.c_contiguous
True

DataFrames with mixed types will result in an array with an object dtype.

>>> df = pl.DataFrame(
...     {
...         "foo": [1, 2, 3],
...         "bar": [6.5, 7.0, 8.5],
...         "ham": ["a", "b", "c"],
...     },
...     schema_overrides={"foo": pl.UInt8, "bar": pl.Float32},
... )
>>> df.to_numpy()
array([[1, 6.5, 'a'],
       [2, 7.0, 'b'],
       [3, 8.5, 'c']], dtype=object)

Set structured=True to convert to a structured array, which can better preserve individual column data such as name and data type.

>>> df.to_numpy(structured=True)
array([(1, 6.5, 'a'), (2, 7. , 'b'), (3, 8.5, 'c')],
      dtype=[('foo', 'u1'), ('bar', '<f4'), ('ham', '<U1')])