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An Overview Of Hadoop Hive

Hadoop is one of the most extensively used technologies for analyzing large amounts of Big data. Hive, on the other hand, is a Hadoop-compatible tool for storing and processing large datasets. This page introduces Apache Hive and walks you through the architecture and installation process.

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Data is a profitable asset that helps organizations to understand their customers better and therefore improve performance. To store and analyze data, organizations need a data warehouse system. In this article, we would be discussing Apache Hive, an open-source data warehouse system built on Hadoop. 

In this Hadoop Hive article the following topics we will be discussing ahead:

What is Hadoop Hive - Table of Contents

What is Hadoop Hive?

  • Hive is a component of Hadoop which is built on top of HDFS and is a warehouse kind of system in Hadoop
  • Hive will be used for data summarization for Adhoc queering and query language processing
  • Hive was first used in Facebook (2007) under ASF i.e. Apache software foundation
  • Apache Hive supports the analysis of large datasets that are stored in Hadoop – compatible file systems such as the Amazon s3 file system.
  • Hive provides an SQL – like language called Hive QL language while also maintaining full support for MapReduce.
  • Hive does not mandate read or write data in the Hive format and there is no such thing
  • Hive equally works on. Thrift, control delimited, and also on your specialized data formats.
  • Hive is not designed for OLTP workloads and does not offer real-time queries or row-level updates.
  • It is best used for batch jobs over large sets of append-only data.
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Hive Architecture

Hive Architecture

  • Driver manager life cycle of Hive QL query moves through Hive and also manages session handle and session statistics.
  • Compiler-compiles Hive QL into a directed acyclic graph of map/reduce tasks.

Execution engines: The component executes the tasks in proper dependency order and also interacts with Hadoop.

  • Hive server provides a thrift interface and JDBC/ODBC for integrating other applications.
  • Client components are CLI, web interface, JDBC/ODBC interface.
  • Extensibility interface includes serde, user-defined Function, and also user Defined Aggregate function.

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Meta Store

  • Meta store is the Hive internal database which will store all the table definitions, column-level information, and partition ID’S.
  • By default, Hive uses the derby database as its meta store.
  • We can also configure Mysql, Thrift server as the meta stores
  • The Meta store is divided into two pieces are the service and the backing store for the data.
  • By default, the meta store service runs in the same JVM  as the Hive service and contains an embedded Derby database instance backed by the local disk This is called Embedded Meta store configuration.
  • Using an embedded meta-store is a simple way to get stored with Hive and however only one embedded Derby database can access the database files on disk at any one time which means you can only have one Hive session open at a time that shares the same meta store.
  • The solution to supporting multiple sessions is to use a standalone database and this configuration is referred to as a local meta store, since the meta store service still runs in the same process as the Hive service, but connections to a database running in a separate process, either on the same machine or on any remote machine.
  •  Mysql is a popular choice for stand-alone meta store
  •  In this case, JDBC Driver JAR file for Mysql must be on Hive class which is simply archived.

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Hive Installation

  • Installation of Hive is straightforward and Java 1.6 is a prerequisite.
  • If you are installing on Windows, you will need Cygwin too.
  • You also need to have the same version of Hadoop installed locally either in standalone or pseudo-distributed mode or where your cluster is running while getting started with Hive.

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Steps of Hive Installation

Step 1: Download the Hive Release at https://Hive.apche.org/ HTML. i.e. far ball file.
Step 2: Unpack the tarball in a suitable place in your Hadoop Installation environment. i.e $ far – xzvf Hive- 0.8.1 tar.gz
Step 3: Setting the environment variable HIVE-HOME to point the installation directory:

$ cd Hive -0.8.1
$ export HIVE –HOME={{pwd}}
     4.Add $ HIVE –HOME/bin to your PATH

$ export PATH=$ HIVE –HOME/bin: $ PATH

Database Setup

  • Install Mysql server with developed and tested versions 5.1.46 and 5.1.48.
  • Once you have Mysql up and running, use the Mysql Command line tool to add the Hive user and Hive meta stored database.
  • Now, we need to pick a password for your Hive user and replace db password in the following commands with it.
  • Log into Mysql.
Cmd:> Mysql
Mysql>create DATABASE meta store;
Mysql>use meta store;
Mysql> SOURCE usr/lib/Hive/scripts/ meta store/upgrade/ Mysql/ Hive-schema-07.0. Mysql. Sql;
Mysql> CREATE USER ‘Hive user’@’%’ IDETIFIED By’ password’;
Mysql> GRANT SELECT ‘INSERT,UPDATE, DELETE ON meta store To’ Hive user’@’%’;
Mysql> REVOKE ALTER,CREATE ON meta store* FROM Hive user’@’%’;

To start Mysql services

>./ Mysql start
To stop:>./ Mysql stop.

 To start Hive services

Cmd: usr/bin/Hive-service Hive server

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Configuration of Hive

  • Hive is Configured using an XML Configuration file like Hadoop and the file is called ‘Hive-site.xml’
  • Hive-site.xml is located in Hive conf directory
  • The same directory contains Hive-default.xml which documents the properties that Hive exposes and their default values.

Configure the Hive-site.xml as below

javax.dbo. option. connection URL
jdbc: der by; data base name -/var/lib/Hive/meta store/meta store-db; create=true
JDBC Connect string for a JDBC meta store

Hive vs Traditional Databases

  • Hive looks very much like a traditional database code with SQL access.
  • However, because Hive is based on Hadoop and MapReduce operation, there are several key differences
  • In a traditional database, a table’s schema is enforced at data load time.
  • If the data being loaded doesn’t conform to the schema, then it is rejected.
  • Hive, on the other hand, doesn’t verify the data when it is loaded, but rather when a query is issued.
  • Updates, transactions, and indexes are mainstays of traditional databases.
  • Yet, until recently, these features have not been considered as a part of Hive’s feature. This is because Hive was built to operate over HDFS data using Map Reduce where full–table scans are the norm and a table update is archived by transforming the data into a new table.

Hive CLI Options

$HIVE-HOME/bin/Hive is a shell utility that can be used to run Hive queries in either interactive or batch mode.


  •  To get help for Hive options, run the command as “Hive-H” or ”Hive– help”
  •  Command-line options as in Hive 0.9.0.

Hive-d or—define: variable substitution to apply to Hive Commands

Example:–  -d A=B or—define A=B

1. hive –e: SQL from the command line.

2. hive-f: SQL from files.

3. hive-connection to Hive server on the remote host

4. —hive conf: use-value for a given property.

5. —hive var: variable substitution to apply to Hive commands.

Example: —hive var A=B.

6. hive-i: initialization SQL file.

7. hive-p: connecting to Hive server on port number.

hive-s—or–silent: silent mode in the interactive shell.

hive-v or—ver bose: verbox mode(echo executed SQL to the console).

  • As of Hive 0.10.0, there is one addition command-line option Hive—data box: specify the database to use.


  • Example of running a query from the command line:
$HIVE-HOME/bin/Hive-e ’select a.col from tab1
  • Example of setting Hive configuration variables:
$HIVE-HOME/bin/Hive-e ’select a.col from tab1 a’-Hive conf
Hive. exec. Scrarch dir=/home/my/Hive-Hive conf mapred. reduce. tasks=32
  • Example of dumping data out from a query into a file using slient mode:
$HIVE-HOME/bin/Hive-s-e ’select a.col from tab1 a’>a.txt
  • Example of running a script non-interactively:
$HIVE-HOME/bin/Hive-f /home/my/Hive-script.sql
  • Example of running an initialization script before entering interactive mode:
$HIVE-HOME/bin/Hive-i /home/my/Hive-init.sql
  • The Hiver File hive

The CCI when invoked without the – I option will attempt to load $HIVE-HOME/bin/Hive rc and HOME/.Hive rc as initialization files.

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Hive Batch Mode Commands

When $HIVE-HOME/bin/Hive is run with the –e or-option, it executes SQL Commands in batch mode.

.hive-e’’execute the query string.

.hive-f execute one or more SQL queries from a file.


  • When $HIVE-HOME/bin/Hive is run without either –e or- f option, it enters interactive shell mode   i.e  #hive
  • hive>
  • We have to use ’;’ to terminate commands.
  • Comments are scripts that can be specified using the ‘–’ prefix.

Commands in the Interactive Shell

SL No.CommandDescription
1Quit or exit Use quit or exit to lease the interactive shell.
2Reset Resets the configuration to the default values. Set the value of a particular configuration variable(key)
3 Set= ->Note: If you misspell the variable name, the CLI will not show an error.
4SetPrints a list of configuration variables that are overridden by the user or Hive


Add file[S]*

Prints all Hadoop and Hive configuration variables.

Add JAR [S]*   


Adds one or more files, jars or archives to the list of resources in the distributed cache.

List File[S]  List JAR[S] 


List File[s] >*

Lists the resources that are already added to the distributed cache.

Add JAR [S]* 


Delete FILE[S]*

Checks whether the given resources are already added to the distributed cache or not.

Delete JAR[S]* 

Delete ARCHIVE[S]*

Removes the resource(s) from the distributed cache.
10!Executes the shell command from the Hive shell
11dfsExecutes a dfs command from the Hive shell
12 Executes a Hive query and prints results to the standard output.
13Source File

Executes a script file inside the CLI

For Example:

hive>set map red. reduce. tasks=32;
hive >set;
hive >select a.* from tab1;
hive >! Ls


With this, we would like to wind up the article and hope you found the article informative. In case you have any doubt regarding any related concept, please feel free to drop the query in the comment section. 

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