events_ & events_intraday_ tables in BigQuery for GA4 (Google Analytics 4)

Last Updated: September 9, 2022

Once you have successfully connected your Google Analytics 4 account with BigQuery and more than 24 hrs have elapsed, you should be able to see the imported GA4 data in your BigQuery project.

To find the imported GA4 data in BigQuery, follow the steps below:

Step-1: Navigate to your BigQuery account: https://console.cloud.google.com/bigquery

Step-2: Select the BigQuery project you are using for collecting the GA4 data.

ga4 bigquery project

Step-3: Click on the project ID of the project:

project id 1

You should now be able to see a data set named in the following format: “analytics_<property_id>“:

data set bigquery ga4

For each Google Analytics 4 property that is linked to BigQuery, a single dataset named “analytics_<property_id>” is added to your BigQuery project.

Property ID refers to your Analytics Property ID, which you can find in the property settings for your GA4 property.

property id ga4

In my case, the property ID is 298851313

That’s why the name of my data set is ‘analytics_298851313

data set bigquery ga4 1

This data set contains the following two data tables:

  1. events_(<number of days>)
  2. events_intraday_<current date>
two data tables

What is ‘events_ data table’ in BigQuery for GA4?

All the GA4 event data from the previous day(s) is available in the ‘events_’ data table. This table is automatically imported for each day of export.

events 1

events_(1) means all of the GA4 event data from the previous day are available in this data table.

events_(2) means all of the GA4 event data from the previous two days are available in this data table.

events_(3) means all of the GA4 event data from the previous three days are available in this data table.

events_(4) means all of the GA4 event data from the previous four days are available in this data table.

Similarly,

events_(567) means all of the GA4 event data from the previous 567 days are available in this data table.

events 567

The ‘events_’ data table corresponds to the ‘Daily’ frequency setting of ‘BigQuery Links’ in your GA4 property:

bigquery links ga4
bigquery links daily frequency ga4

Clicking on the ‘events_’ data table will show you the structure of that table (also known as ‘Schema’):

events data table schema

The ‘events_’ data tables are named as “events_YYYYMMDD” where “YYYYMMDD” refers to the date, the table was imported to BigQuery.

YYYY denotes a year. For example, 2022

MM denotes a month. For example, 07 (July)

DD denotes a day. For example, 27

So the data table that was imported to BigQuery on July 27, 2022 would be named as events_20220727

events 20220727 1

Click on the drop-down menu to see the ‘events_’ data table for a particular date:

events data table for a particular date
events data table for a particular date 2

Click on the ‘Details’ tab to get details (like ‘Table Size’) of the ‘events_’ data table:

details tab of the events data table

Click on the ‘Preview’ tab to view the data in the ‘events_’ data table without running a single query:

preview tab of the events data table

Click on the ‘QUERY’ button if you want to query the ‘events_’ data table

query the events data table

Click on ‘In new Tab‘:

query the events data table in new tab

You would now see the SQL query window where you can run SQL queries:

SQL query window bigquery

Following is an example of an SQL query:

example of sql query bigquery

This query is pre-populated for you and is ready to be used. 

Just click on the ‘Run‘ button:

run sql query in bigquery

You should now be able to see the query results:

query results bigquery ga4

That’s how you can query the GA4 data in BigQuery.

What is ‘events_intraday_’ data table in BigQuery for GA4?

All the GA4 event data from the current day is available in the ‘events_intraday_’ data table.

This table is automatically updated throughout the day.

That’s why it is called ‘events_intraday’ table.

events intraday ga4 bigquery

The ‘events_intraday_’ data table corresponds to the ‘Streaming’ frequency setting of ‘BigQuery Links’ in your GA4 property:

bigquery links ga4 1
bigquery links streaming frequency ga4

Clicking on the ‘events_intraday_’ data table will show you the structure of that table (also known as ‘Schema’):

‘events intraday data table schema

The ‘events_intraday_’ data tables are named as “events_intraday_YYYYMMDD” where “YYYYMMDD” refers to the date, the table was imported to BigQuery.

YYYY denotes a year. For example, 2022

MM denotes a month. For example, 07 (July)

DD denotes a day. For example, 28

So the data table that was imported to BigQuery on July 28, 2022 would be named as events_intraday_20220728

events intraday 20220728

Click on the ‘Details’ tab to get details (like ‘table size’) of the ‘events_intraday_’ table:

details of the events intraday data table

Click on the ‘Preview’ tab to view the data in the ‘events_intraday_’ data table without running a single query:

preview of the events intraday data table

Click on the ‘QUERY’ button if you want to query the ‘events_intraday_’ data table

query the events intraday data table

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