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Apache Hive Installation on Ubuntu

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Apache Hive is one of the most important frameworks in the Hadoop ecosystem, in-turn making it very crucial for Hadoop Certification. In this blog, we will learn about Apache Hive and Hive installation on Ubuntu.

What is Apache Hive?

Apache Hive is a data warehouse infrastructure that facilitates querying and managing large data sets which resides in distributed storage system. It is built on top of Hadoop and developed by Facebook. Hive provides a way to query the data using a SQL-like query language called HiveQL(Hive query Language).

Internally, a compiler translates HiveQL statements into MapReduce jobs, which are then submitted to Hadoop framework for execution.

Difference between Hive and SQL:

Hive looks very much similar like traditional database with SQL access. However, because Hive is based on Hadoop and MapReduce operations, there are several key differences:

As Hadoop is intended for long sequential scans and Hive is based on Hadoop, you would expect queries to have a very high latency. Itmeans that Hive would not be appropriate for those applications that need very fast response times, as you can expect with a traditional RDBMS database.

Finally, Hive is read-based and therefore not appropriate for transaction processing that typically involves a high percentage of write operations.

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Hive Installation on Ubuntu:

Please follow the below steps to install Apache Hive on Ubuntu:

Step 1:  Download Hive tar.

Command: wget

Step 2:  Extract the tar file.

Command: tar -xzf apache-hive-2.1.0-bin.tar.gz

Command: ls

Untar Hive File - Hive Installation - Edureka

Step 3: Edit the “.bashrc” file to update the environment variables for user.

Command:  sudo gedit .bashrc

Add the following at the end of the file:


export HIVE_HOME=/home/edureka/apache-hive-2.1.0-bin
export PATH=$PATH:/home/edureka/apache-hive-2.1.0-bin/bin

Also, make sure that hadoop path is also set.

Hadoop Path - Hive Installation - Edureka

Run below command to make the changes work in same terminal.

Command: source .bashrc

Step 4: Check hive version.

Hive Version - Hive Installation - Edureka

Step 5:  Create Hive directories within HDFS. The directory ‘warehouse’ is the location to store the table or data related to hive.


  • hdfs dfs -mkdir -p /user/hive/warehouse
  • hdfs dfs -mkdir /tmp

Step 6: Set read/write permissions for table.


In this command, we are giving write permission to the group:

  • hdfs dfs -chmod g+w /user/hive/warehouse
  • hdfs dfs -chmod g+w /tmp

Step 7:  Set Hadoop path in

Command: cd apache-hive-2.1.0-bin/

Command: gedit conf/

Hive Environment Configurations File - Hive Installation - Edureka

Set the parameters as shown in the below snapshot.

Hive Environment Configurations - Hive Installation - Edureka

Step 8: Edit hive-site.xml

Command: gedit conf/hive-site.xml

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="no"?>
<?xml-stylesheet type="text/xsl" href="configuration.xsl"?><!--
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contributor license agreements. See the NOTICE file distributed with
this work for additional information regarding copyright ownership.
The ASF licenses this file to You under the Apache License, Version 2.0
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Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software
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JDBC connect string for a JDBC metastore.
To use SSL to encrypt/authenticate the connection, provide database-specific SSL flag in the connection URL.
For example, jdbc:postgresql://myhost/db?ssl=true for postgres database.
<description>location of default database for the warehouse</description>
<description>Thrift URI for the remote metastore. Used by metastore client to connect to remote metastore.</description>
<description>Driver class name for a JDBC metastore</description>
<description>class implementing the jdo persistence</description>

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Step 9: By default, Hive uses Derby database. Initialize Derby database.

Command: bin/schematool -initSchema -dbType derby

Initialize Derby Database - Hive Installation - Edureka


Step 10: Launch Hive.

Command: hive

Start Hive Shell - Hive Installation - Edureka

Step 11: Run few queries in Hive shell.

Command: show databases;

Command: create table employee (id string, name string, dept string) row format delimited fields terminated by ‘ ‘ stored as textfile;

Command: show tables;

Hive Commands - Hive Installation - Edureka

Step 12: To exit from Hive:

Command: exit;

Now that you are done with Hive installation, the next step forward is to try out Hive commands on Hive shell. Hence, our next blog “Top Hive Commands with Examples in HQL” will help you to master Hive commands.

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  • Issue at Step 9 in my system

    Kindly help me advise on this, why the err is throwing as “Unrecognized Hadoop major version number: 1.0.4”

    anilchittajallu@ubuntu:~/Work/apache-hive-2.1.1-bin$ bin/schematool -initSchema -dbType derby
    SLF4J: Class path contains multiple SLF4J bindings.
    SLF4J: Found binding in [jar:file:/home/anilchittajallu/Work/apache-hive-2.1.1-bin/lib/log4j-slf4j-impl-2.4.1.jar!/org/slf4j/impl/StaticLoggerBinder.class]
    SLF4J: Found binding in [jar:file:/home/anilchittajallu/Work/hadoop-2.7.2/share/hadoop/common/lib/slf4j-log4j12-1.7.10.jar!/org/slf4j/impl/StaticLoggerBinder.class]
    SLF4J: See for an explanation.
    SLF4J: Actual binding is of type [org.apache.logging.slf4j.Log4jLoggerFactory]
    Exception in thread “main” java.lang.IllegalArgumentException: Unrecognized Hadoop major version number: 1.0.4
    at org.apache.hadoop.hive.shims.ShimLoader.getMajorVersion(
    at org.apache.hadoop.hive.shims.ShimLoader.loadShims(
    at org.apache.hadoop.hive.shims.ShimLoader.getHadoopShims(
    at org.apache.hive.beeline.HiveSchemaTool.(
    at org.apache.hive.beeline.HiveSchemaTool.(
    at org.apache.hive.beeline.HiveSchemaTool.main(
    at sun.reflect.NativeMethodAccessorImpl.invoke0(Native Method)
    at sun.reflect.NativeMethodAccessorImpl.invoke(
    at sun.reflect.DelegatingMethodAccessorImpl.invoke(
    at java.lang.reflect.Method.invoke(
    at org.apache.hadoop.util.RunJar.main(

    • Hey Anil, thanks for checking out our blog. Here’s what you need to do:
      Please delete these jar files binding between Hadoop and Hive
      rm lib/hive-jdbc-2.0.0-standalone.jar
      rm lib/log4j-slf4j-impl-2.4.1.jar
      Now execute your commands and Let us know if you are still getting the same error.
      Hope this helps. Cheers!

    • Hi Naina,
      Thank you for reaching out to us.
      You can raise a support ticket for the same by logging into your LMS, and our support team will surely help you.
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  • I’m unable to create hive directories within HDFS. The command mentioned in step 4 is returning :- No such file or directory

    • Just like unix we’ll need the “-p” flag to create the parent directories as well unless you have already created them. Then command will work

      hadoop fs -mkdir -p /user/hive/warehouse

    • Hi Sricharan, it takes the domain server of the machine on which hive is installed, by default. You can modify the Hive server domain and port number by editing the below property in hive-site.xml or hive-default.xml file.

      for client to contact metastore server. To enable HiveServer2, leave
      the property value empty.

      Hope this helps!!

  • Logging initialized using configuration in jar:file:/usr/lib/hive/apache-hive-0.13.1-bin/lib/hive-common-0.13.1.jar!/
    Exception in thread “main” java.lang.RuntimeException: java.lang.RuntimeException: Unable to instantiate org.apache.hadoop.hive.metastore.HiveMetaStoreClient
    at org.apache.hadoop.hive.ql.session.SessionState.start(
    at org.apache.hadoop.hive.cli.CliDriver.main(
    at sun.reflect.NativeMethodAccessorImpl.invoke0(Native Method)
    at sun.reflect.NativeMethodAccessorImpl.invoke(
    at sun.reflect.DelegatingMethodAccessorImpl.invoke(
    at java.lang.reflect.Method.invoke(
    at org.apache.hadoop.util.RunJar.main(
    Caused by: java.lang.RuntimeException: Unable to instantiate org.apache.hadoop.hive.metastore.HiveMetaStoreClient
    at org.apache.hadoop.hive.metastore.MetaStoreUtils.newInstance(
    at org.apache.hadoop.hive.metastore.RetryingMetaStoreClient.(
    at org.apache.hadoop.hive.metastore.RetryingMetaStoreClient.getProxy(
    at org.apache.hadoop.hive.ql.metadata.Hive.createMetaStoreClient(
    at org.apache.hadoop.hive.ql.metadata.Hive.getMSC(
    at org.apache.hadoop.hive.ql.session.SessionState.start(
    … 7 more
    Caused by: java.lang.reflect.InvocationTargetException
    at sun.reflect.NativeConstructorAccessorImpl.newInstance0(Native Method)
    at sun.reflect.NativeConstructorAccessorImpl.newInstance(
    at sun.reflect.DelegatingConstructorAccessorImpl.newInstance(
    at java.lang.reflect.Constructor.newInstance(
    at org.apache.hadoop.hive.metastore.MetaStoreUtils.newInstance(
    … 12 more
    Caused by: MetaException(message:Got exception: Call to localhost/ failed on connection exception: Connection refused)
    at org.apache.hadoop.hive.metastore.MetaStoreUtils.logAndThrowMetaException(
    at org.apache.hadoop.hive.metastore.Warehouse.getFs(
    at org.apache.hadoop.hive.metastore.Warehouse.getDnsPath(
    at org.apache.hadoop.hive.metastore.Warehouse.getWhRoot(
    at org.apache.hadoop.hive.metastore.Warehouse.getDefaultDatabasePath(
    at org.apache.hadoop.hive.metastore.HiveMetaStore$HMSHandler.createDefaultDB_core(
    at org.apache.hadoop.hive.metastore.HiveMetaStore$HMSHandler.createDefaultDB(
    at org.apache.hadoop.hive.metastore.HiveMetaStore$HMSHandler.init(
    at org.apache.hadoop.hive.metastore.HiveMetaStore$HMSHandler.(
    at org.apache.hadoop.hive.metastore.RetryingHMSHandler.(
    at org.apache.hadoop.hive.metastore.RetryingHMSHandler.getProxy(
    at org.apache.hadoop.hive.metastore.HiveMetaStore.newHMSHandler(
    at org.apache.hadoop.hive.metastore.HiveMetaStoreClient.(
    … 17 more

    I am getting above error while launching Hive or while running command hive.

    Plz help. Thank you

  • Hi,

    I followed this steps,When I entered sudo hive in ubuntu,I see the following exception.

    sudo: hive: command not found

    I have also tried with out sudo,i see the following exception.

    No command ‘hive’ found, did you mean:

    Command ‘hime’ from package ‘hime’ (universe)

    Command ‘jive’ from package ‘filters’ (universe)

    hive: command not found

    Note; I am in this folder.


    Please help me in solving this issue.!!Thanks in advance..!!

    • Hi Murali, please try with the following command and check
      Command: cd /usr/lib/hive/apache-hive-0.13.1-bin/
      Command: bin/hive

      Hope this helps!!

  • Hi,

    I followed the steps exactly outlined here. Using Hive 0.8.0 I am getting the error

    Exception in thread “main” java.lang.NoClassDefFoundError: org/apache/hadoop/hive/conf/HiveConf

    at java.lang.Class.forName0(Native Method)

    at java.lang.Class.forName(

    at org.apache.hadoop.util.RunJar.main(

    Caused by: java.lang.ClassNotFoundException: org.apache.hadoop.hive.conf.HiveConf


    at Method)


    at java.lang.ClassLoader.loadClass(

    at java.lang.ClassLoader.loadClass(

    … 3 more

    • Hi Bala, Seems like the HADOOP_HOME path has not been set. I would
      suggest to set the HADOOP_HOME in ~/.bashrc or /etc/profile file. To do that
      please follow the below steps.

      Step1: Open a new terminal and give: sudo gedit ~/.bashrc

      Step 2:Go to end of the file and add the below line:

      export HADOOP_HOME=/path/to/Hadoop

      Step 3: In the command, give the path where Hadoop is installed on your Ubuntu
      and then try to run Hive.

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Apache Hive Installation on Ubuntu