Getting Started with Hive and MapR-DB Integration

In this tutorial we will:

  • Create a Hive table
  • Populate the Hive table with data from a text file
  • Query the Hive table
  • Create a Hive-MapR-DB table
  • Introspect the Hive-MapR-DB table from the HBase shell
  • Populate the Hive-MapR-DB table with data from the Hive table
  • Query the Hive-MapR-DB table from Hive
  • Convert an existing MapR-DB table into a Hive-MapR table

Be sure that you have successfully completed all of the steps in Installing Hive and review the MapR-DB topics before beginning this Getting Started tutorial.

This Getting Started tutorial is based on the Hive-HBase Integration section of the Apache Hive Wiki. However, please note that there are some significant differences.

Create a Hive table with two columns

Change to your Hive installation directory if you're not already there and start Hive:

$ bin/hive

Execute the CREATE TABLE command to create the Hive pokes table

hive> CREATE TABLE pokes (foo INT, bar STRING);

To see if the pokes table has been created successfully, execute the SHOW TABLES command

Time taken: 0.74 seconds

The pokes table appears in the list of tables. Populate the Hive pokes table with data:

The kv1.txt file is provided in the $HIVE_HOME/examples/files directory. Execute the LOAD DATA LOCAL INPATH command to populate the Hive pokes table with data from the kv1.txt file.

hive> LOAD DATA LOCAL INPATH './examples/files/kv1.txt' OVERWRITE INTO TABLE pokes;

A message appears confirming that the table was created successfully, and the Hive prompt reappears:

Copying data from file:
Time taken: 0.278 seconds

Execute a SELECT query on the Hive pokes table

hive> SELECT * FROM pokes WHERE foo = 98;

The SELECT statement executes, runs a MapReduce application, and prints the application output:

98      val_98
98      val_98
Time taken: 18.059 seconds

The output of the SELECT command displays two identical rows because there are two identical rows in the Hive pokes table with a key of 98.


Hive tables can have multiple identical keys. As we will see shortly, MapR-DB tables cannot have multiple identical keys, only unique keys.

Create a Hive-MapR-DB table

Enter these four lines of code at the Hive prompt:

hive> CREATE TABLE mapr_table_1(key int, value string)
    > STORED BY 'org.apache.hadoop.hive.hbase.HBaseStorageHandler'
    > WITH SERDEPROPERTIES ("hbase.columns.mapping" = ":key,cf1:val")
    > TBLPROPERTIES ("" = "/user/mapr/xyz");

After a brief delay, a message appears confirming that the table was created successfully:

Time taken: 5.195 seconds

Note: The TBLPROPERTIES command is not required, but those new to Hive-MapR-DB integration may find it easier to understand what's going on if Hive and MapR-DB use different names for the same table.

In this example, Hive will recognize this table as "mapr_table_1" and MapR-DB will recognize this table as "xyz".

Start the HBase shell

Keeping the Hive terminal session open, start a new terminal session for HBase, then start the HBase shell:

$ bin/hbase shell
HBase Shell; enter 'help<RETURN>' for list of supported commands.
Type "exit<RETURN>" to leave the HBase Shell
Version 0.90.4, rUnknown, Wed Nov  9 17:35:00 PST 2011


Execute the list command to see a list of HBase tables

hbase(main):001:0> list
1 row(s) in 0.8260 seconds

HBase recognizes the Hive-MapR-DB table named xyz in directory /user/mapr. This is the same table known to Hive as mapr_table_1.

Display the description of the /user/mapr/xyz table in the HBase shell

hbase(main):004:0> describe "/user/mapr/xyz"
DESCRIPTION                                          ENABLED
 {NAME => '/user/mapr/xyz', FAMILIES => [{NAME => 'cf1', DATA_B true
 S => '0', TTL => '2147483647', KEEP_DELETED_CELLS =
 > 'false', BLOCKSIZE => '65536', IN_MEMORY => 'fals
 e', ENCODE_ON_DISK => 'true', BLOCKCACHE => 'true'}
1 row(s) in 0.0240 seconds

From the Hive prompt, insert data from the Hive table pokes into the Hive-MapR-DB table mapr_table_1

hive> INSERT OVERWRITE TABLE mapr_table_1 SELECT * FROM pokes WHERE foo=98;
2 Rows loaded to mapr_table_1
Time taken: 13.384 seconds

Query mapr_table_1 to see the data we have inserted into the Hive-MapR-DB table

hive> SELECT * FROM mapr_table_1;
98      val_98
Time taken: 0.56 seconds

Even though we loaded two rows from the Hive pokes table that had the same key of 98, only one row was actually inserted into mapr_table_1. This is because mapr_table_1 is a MapR-DB table, and although Hive tables support duplicate keys, MapR-DB tables only support unique keys. MapR-DB tables arbitrarily retain only one key, and silently discard all of the data associated with duplicate keys.

Convert a pre-existing MapR-DB table to a Hive-MapR-DB table

To convert a pre-existing MapR-DB table to a Hive-MapR-DB table, enter the following four commands at the Hive prompt.

Note that in this example the existing MapR-DB table is my_mapr_table in directory /user/mapr.

hive> CREATE EXTERNAL TABLE mapr_table_2(key int, value string)
    > STORED BY 'org.apache.hadoop.hive.hbase.HBaseStorageHandler'
    > WITH SERDEPROPERTIES ("hbase.columns.mapping" = "cf1:val")
    > TBLPROPERTIES("" = "/user/mapr/my_mapr_table");

Now we can run a Hive query against the pre-existing MapR-DB table /user/mapr/my_mapr_table that Hive sees as mapr_table_2:

hive> SELECT * FROM mapr_table_2 WHERE key > 400 AND key < 410;
Total MapReduce jobs = 1
Launching Job 1 out of 1
Number of reduce tasks is set to 0 since there's no reduce operator
401     val_401
402     val_402
403     val_403
404     val_404
406     val_406
407     val_407
409     val_409
Time taken: 9.452 seconds