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Apache Hive Beeline Client, Import CSV File into Hive

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Walker Rowe

Beeline has replaced the Hive CLI in what Hive was formally called HiveServer1. Now Hive is called HiveServer2 and the new, improved CLI is Beeline.

Apache Hive says, “HiveServer2 (introduced in Hive 0.11) has its own CLI called Beeline. HiveCLI is now deprecated in favor of Beeline, as it lacks the multi-user, security, and other capabilities of HiveServer2.”

Here we are going to show how to start the Hive HiverServer2 and load a CSV file into it. The syntax is much different from HiveServer1, which we wrote about here.

The data we load are weather data downloaded from here There is much data there, so in the screen shown below we picked “daily summaries” for Atlanta, Georgia. Pick just one year, 2017.

The data looks like this after the header has been removed. Use a text editor to do that,

GHCND:US1GADK0001,TUCKER 1.3 ENE GA US,20170101,0.30,-9999,-9999
GHCND:US1GADK0001,TUCKER 1.3 ENE GA US,20170102,0.76,-9999,-9999

Now install Hive using the instructions from the Apache web site. And then set $HIVE_HOME. Start Hadoop using for a local installation or and then for a cluster installation.

How Beeline differs from Hive CLI

One big difference you will notice from HiveServer1 to HiveServer2 is you do not need have to manually create schemas in MySQL or Derby. Instead, with HiveServer2, install MySQL then run this command to create the schema:

$HIVE_HOME/bin/schematool -dbType mysql -initSchema

Start Hive Server

Then start the Hive server:

sudo nohup $HIVE_HOME/bin/hiveserver2&

Beeline Hive Shell

Here is how to open the Beeline Hive shell>

$HIVE_HOME/bin/beeline -u jdbc:hive2://localhost:10000

Now, the user root will get this error when they run commands:

User: root is not allowed to impersonate anonymous

So when you set up the config files give root permission to do that, if you want to login as user root.

Notice below that we specifically give the root user the rights to execute Hive commands. You can switch the name root to your userid or read the instructions to get more details on the other options.

cat $HIVE_HOME/conf/core-site.xml

This is the JDBC URL. Because this is a standard it means you can connect to Hive from Java and SQL clients, like Squirrel.

cat $HIVE_HOME/conf/hive-site.xml
<description>metadata is stored in a MySQL server</description>
<description>MySQL JDBC driver class</description>
<description>user name for connecting to mysql server</description>
<description>password for connecting to mysql server</description>

Now create the weather table:

CREATE table weather(

Then load the data from the local file system.

LOAD DATA INPATH '/root/Documents/1031764.csv' OVERWRITE INTO TABLE weather;

Now show that there is some data in it

select count(*) from weather;
1 row selected (1.914 seconds)

Using SQL With Hive

The SQL language Reference manual for Hive is here. It will be useful to follow along.

Let’s see what is the rainiest day on the month for any month of the year.

First lets show the schema of our table:

describe weather;

col_name data_type comment
station string
station_name string
wdate string
prcp float
wind int
snow int

Now, we cannot group on columns on which we have run functions. And we cannot create views. That means we cannot divide this into simpler, concrete steps. All we can do is make nested SQL statements. In this case we do three:

  1. Turn the date field into day of month.
  2. Using that query total rainfall per day of month.
  3. Finally print the results sorted by amount of rain per day of month.

Here is the complete query.

Select b.rain, from
(select sum(prcp) as rain, as day from
(select prcp, dayofmonth(to_date(from_unixtime(unix_timestamp(wdate, "yyyymmddd")))) as day from weather where prcp > 0) a
Group by b
Order by b.rain;

Looking at the innermost query first, turn unix time into a date object using to_date(). Then use dayofmonth() to get day or month.

select prcp,
dayofmonth(to_date(from_unixtime(unix_timestamp(wdate, "yyyymmddd")))) as day from weather where prcp > 0

That result lacks the sum of precipitation. After all we cannot sum the precipitation by day of month until we have grouped the data into day of month. And remember we said we cannot order by calculated values. We so we need another step for that.

This next SQL shows the rainfall by day. So we need one step more after this to order it by total rainfall and not day.

select sum(prcp) as rain, as day from
(select prcp, dayofmonth(to_date(from_unixtime(unix_timestamp(wdate, "yyyymmddd")))) as day from weather where prcp > 0) a
Group by

Finally, running the first query about Looks like the 6th day of the month is the rainiest.

0.9000000040978193 27
2.240000018849969 17
3.7899999916553497 29
5.250000001862645 9
5.830000016838312 13
5.970000043511391 11
7.929999986663461 25
9.790000105276704 16
10.079999938607216 10
10.439999951049685 14
10.459999982267618 18
11.820000018924475 26
14.159999972209334 28
14.389999927952886 12
15.17000013589859 19
18.720000019297004 15
20.27999988757074 1
20.329999884590507 4
21.089999973773956 31
21.169999765232205 7
26.680000007152557 20
35.399999901652336 30
35.699999986216426 8
36.230000007897615 2
37.28000004403293 24
44.0399998370558 23
47.20999996364117 3
63.980000307783484 5
77.87000086344779 21
82.32000004313886 22
82.78000020980835 6

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Walker Rowe

Walker Rowe is an American freelancer tech writer and programmer living in Cyprus. He writes tutorials on analytics and big data and specializes in documenting SDKs and APIs. He is the founder of the Hypatia Academy Cyprus, an online school to teach secondary school children programming. You can find Walker here and here.