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Earliest version CSVSerde is available

The CSVSerde is available in Hive 0.14 and greater.


The CSV SerDe is based on, and was added to the Hive distribution in HIVE-7777.



This SerDe treats all columns to be of type String. Even if you create a table with non-string column types using this SerDe, the DESCRIBE TABLE output would show string column type. The type information is retrieved from the SerDe. To convert columns to the desired type in a table, you can create a view over the table that does the CAST to the desired type.


This SerDe works for most CSV data, but does not handle embedded newlines. To use the SerDe, specify the fully qualified class name org.apache.hadoop.hive.serde2.OpenCSVSerde.  

Documentation is based on original documentation at

Create table, specify CSV properties
Default separator, quote, and escape characters if unspecified

For general information about SerDes, see Hive SerDe in the Developer Guide. Also see SerDe for details about input and output processing.


The CSVSerde has been built and tested against Hive 0.14 and later, and uses Open-CSV 2.3 which is bundled with the Hive distribution.

Hive VersionsOpen-CSV Version
Hive 0.14 and later2.3
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