- Tools to enable easy data extract/transform/load (ETL)
- A mechanism to impose structure on a variety of data formats
- Query execution via MapReduce
Hive defines a simple SQL-like query language, called QL, that enables users familiar with SQL to query the data. At the same time, this language also allows programmers who are familiar with the MapReduce framework to be able to plug in their custom mappers and reducers to perform more sophisticated analysis that may not be supported by the built-in capabilities of the language. QL can also be extended with custom scalar functions (UDF's), aggregations (UDAF's), and table functions (UDTF's).
Hive does not mandate read or written data be in the "Hive format" — there is no such thing. Hive works equally well on Thrift, control delimited, or your specialized data formats. Please see File Formats and Hive SerDe in the Developer Guide for details.
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 (like web logs). What Hive values most are scalability (scale out with more machines added dynamically to the Hadoop cluster), extensibility (with MapReduce framework and UDF/UDAF/UDTF), fault-tolerance, and loose-coupling with its input formats.
Components of Hive include HCatalog and WebHCat.
- HCatalog is a component of Hive. It is a table and storage management layer for Hadoop that enables users with different data processing tools — including Pig and MapReduce — to more easily read and write data on the grid.
- WebHCat provides a service that you can use to run Hadoop MapReduce (or YARN), Pig, Hive jobs or perform Hive metadata operations using an HTTP (REST style) interface.
The links below provide access to the Apache Hive wiki documents. This list is not complete, but you can navigate through these wiki pages to find additional documents. For more information, please see the official Hive website.
General Information about Hive
- Getting Started
- Presentations and Papers about Hive
- A List of Sites and Applications Powered by Hive
- Third-party Applications, Libraries, and Projects related to Hive
- hive-users Mailing List
- Hive IRC Channel:
- About This Wiki
- Hive Tutorial
- HiveQL Language Manual: Commands, CLIs, File Formats, Data Types,
DDL (create/drop/alter/truncate/show/describe), Statistics (analyze), Indexes, Archiving,
DML (load/insert/update/delete, import/export, explain plan),
Queries (select), Operators and UDFs, Locks, Authorization
- Procedural Language: Hive HPL/SQL
- Hive Configuration Properties
- Hive Clients
- Hive Web Interface
- Hive SerDes
- Hive Accumulo Integration
- Hive HBase Integration
- Hive Transactions
- Installing Hive
- Configuring Hive
- Setting Up Metastore
- Setting Up Hive Web Interface
- Setting Up Hive Server (JDBC, ODBC, Thrift, HiveServer2)
- Hive on Amazon Web Services
- Hive on Amazon Elastic MapReduce
- Hive on Spark: Getting Started
HCatalog and WebHCat Documentation
Resources for Contributors
- How to Contribute
- Hive Contributors Meetings
- Hive Developer Docs
- Hive Testing Docs
- Hive Performance
- Hive Architecture Overview
- Hive Design Docs
- Roadmap/Call to Add More Features
- Full-Text Search over All Hive Resources
- How to edit the website
- Becoming a Committer
- How to Commit
- How to Release
- Project Bylaws
Hive Versions and Branches
Recent versions of Hive are available on the Downloads page of the Hive website. The Downloads page provides each version's release date and list of changes. If you want a list of changes for an earlier version (or a development branch), use the Configure Release Notes page.
The Apache Hive JIRA keeps track of changes to Hive code, documentation, infrastructure, etc. The version number or branch for each resolved JIRA issue is shown in the "Fix Version/s" field in the Details section at the top of the issue page. For example, HIVE-5107 has a fix version of 0.13.0.
Sometimes a version number changes before the release. When that happens the original number might still be found in the JIRA, wiki, and mailing list discussions. For example:
|Release Number||Original Number|
More information about Hive branches is available in How to Contribute: Understanding Hive Branches.
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