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EMR runs a Thrift Hive server on the master node of the Hive cluster. It can be accessed using any JDBC client (for example, squirrel SQL) via Hive JDBC drivers. The JDBC drivers for different Hive versions can be downloaded via the following links:

Here is the process to connect to the Hive Server using a JDBC driver:


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In addition, Amazon provides step-by-step video tutorials:


You can ask questions related to Hive on Elastic MapReduce on Elastic MapReduce forums at: