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Literals

Integral types

Integral literals are assumed to be INT by default, unless the number exceeds the range of INT in which case it is interpreted as a BIGINT, or if one of the following postfixes is present on the number.

Type

Postfix

Example

TINYINT

Y

100Y

SMALLINT

S

100S

BIGINT

L

100L

String types

String literals can be expressed with either single quotes (') or double quotes ("). Hive uses C-style escaping within the strings.

Floating point types

Floating point literals are assumed to be DOUBLE. Scientific notation is not yet supported.

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