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Apache Hive

The Apache HiveTM data warehouse software facilitates reading, writing, and managing large datasets residing in distributed storage using SQL. Built on top of Apache HadoopTM, it provides

  • Tools to enable easy access to data via SQL, thus enabling data warehousing tasks such as extract/transform/load (ETL), reporting, and data analysis.
  • A mechanism to impose structure on a variety of data formats
  • Access to files stored either directly in Apache HDFSTM or in other data storage systems such as Apache HBaseTM 

  • Query execution via Apache TezTMApache SparkTM, or MapReduce

Hive provides standard SQL functionality, including many of the later 2003 and 2011 features for analytics. Hive's SQL can also be extended with user code via user defined functions (UDFs), user defined aggregates (UDAFs), and user defined table functions (UDTFs).

There is not a single "Hive format" in which data must be stored. Hive comes with built in connectors for comma-separated values (CSV) text files, Apache ParquetTMApache ORCTM, and other formats. Users can extend Hive with connectors for other formats. Please see File Formats and Hive SerDe in the Developer Guide for details.

Hive is not designed for online transaction processing (OLTP) workloads. It is best used for traditional data warehousing tasks. Hive is designed to maximize scalability (scale out with more machines added dynamically to the Hadoop cluster), performance, extensibility, 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.

Hive Documentation

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

User Documentation

Administrator Documentation

HCatalog and WebHCat Documentation

Resources for Contributors

Hive Versions and Branches

Recent versions of Hive are available on the Downloads page of the Hive website. For each version, the page provides the release date and a link to the change log. If you want a change log 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 NumberOriginal Number

More information about Hive branches is available in How to Contribute: Understanding Hive Branches.

Apache Hive, Apache Hadoop, Apache HBase, Apache HDFS, Apache, the Apache feather logo, and the Apache Hive project logo are trademarks of The Apache Software Foundation.


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