There are some data in a csv file and it is getting overwritten if the timestamp is similar, for example:

ip,time,name,2018-08-31 11:12:32,python,2018-08-31 11:05:28,oracle,2018-08-31 11:05:28,microsoft,2018-08-31 13:15:52,devops

The result in InfluxDB is coming as:

ip,time,name,2018-08-31 11:12:32,python,2018-08-31 11:05:28,microsoft,2018-08-31 13:15:52,devops

The issue is: The second-row record got overwritten by the third rows because the timestamp is same.

I want to insert all record in the InfluxDB.

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    check.. this helps for your issue docs.influxdata.com/influxdb/v0.13/troubleshooting/…
    – Kamaraj
    Aug 31, 2018 at 7:57
  • Thanks, I have checked this link but can you tell me how I will make IP as unique value. In every file I am getting 98 records and every IP is unique. but what is the command to tell to InfluxDB to that the IP column is unique.
    – Syed Rizvi
    Aug 31, 2018 at 8:05

1 Answer 1


Try add a unique random number or a sequence number as a tag. Adding a random number as a tag prevents influxdb from overwriting points with the exact same tags and timestamp, since they are considered different points. But there is also a slight chance of conliding.

for example:

ip,time,name,_random,2018-08-31 11:12:32,python,65536,2018-08-31 11:12:32,python,42


ip,time,name,_seq,2018-08-31 11:12:32,python,1,2018-08-31 11:12:32,python,2

But, you can not use too many numbers for the same tag. Influx by default sets max-tag-per-value to 100000.

  • This DOES answer the question, despite that it's very short. Adding a random number as a tag prevents influxdb from overwriting points with the exact same tags and timestamp. I don't know if this is the best practice, but it IS a way.
    – ospider
    Oct 26, 2018 at 8:38
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    In that case I sinserely apologise, but that snippet of information should definitely be added to the answer. Adding random numbers does otherwise seem an odd thing to do.
    – Kusalananda
    Oct 26, 2018 at 8:41
  • Thanks for your reviewing, I will update the answer.
    – ospider
    Oct 26, 2018 at 8:54

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