Apache Hive Installation on Ubuntu

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Apache Hive Installation on Ubuntu
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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.

Hive Installation on Ubuntu:

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

Step 1:  Download Hive tar.

Command: wget http://archive.apache.org/dist/hive/hive-2.1.0/apache-hive-2.1.0-bin.tar.gz

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 hive-env.sh

Command: cd apache-hive-2.1.0-bin/

Command: gedit conf/hive-env.sh

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"?>
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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>

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 ‘\t’ 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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