Drill JDBC Driver

MapR provides a downloadable Drill JDBC driver that you can use on all platforms to connect BI tools, such as SQuirreL and Spotfire, to Drill. Drill also includes an embedded JDBC driver.

The downloadable MapR Drill JDBC driver provides read-only access to Drill data sources and supports the security features described in Securing Drill.

Alternatively, you can use the open-source JDBC driver embedded in Drill; however, the open-source JDBC driver is not tested on the MapR Converged Data Platform. The open-source driver supports Kerberos and Plain authentication mechanisms, but does not support the MapR-SASL authentication mechanism. After you install Drill from the mapr-drill package, you can locate the open-source JDBC driver files in the following directories:
  • $DRILL_HOME/jars/jdbc-driver/drill-jdbc-all-<drill-version>.jar
  • $DRILL_HOME/jars/drill-jdbc-<drill-version>.jar

MapR Drill JDBC Driver Download and Instructions

Use the version of the driver that correlates with the version of the installed Drill server. Although older versions of the driver may connect to an upgraded version of Drill, the older drivers do not include all the server features available in the newer drivers.

The following table provides links to the download locations for the MapR Drill JDBC drivers that correlate with each of the Drill versions listed:
Drill Version JDBC Version
The documentation for the Drill JDBC drivers is available at Drill JDBC Driver
Note: The Registering the Driver Class section of the Drill JDBC Driver documentation incorrectly lists the driver classes for MapR as com.simba.drill.jdbc41.Driver and com.simba.drill.jdbc41.DataSource. The correct driver classes for MapR are:
  • com.mapr.drill.jdbc41.Driver
  • com.mapr.drill.jdbc41.DataSource
Important: The following information is not included in the documentation for the Drill JDBC driver:
  • You can indicate the schema parameter in the connection string, as shown in the following example:
    You can also include the authentication mechanism in the connection string using the AuthMech or auth parameter. For MapR-SASL, use auth=MAPRSASL.
  • If using the MapR-SASL or Plain authentication mechanism, you must add the Drill JDBC JAR files and /opt/mapr/lib/* to the classpath of the third-party client tool, as shown in the following example for SQuirreL when the path to the driver is C:\driver\MapRDrillJDBC41-
    -cp "%SQUIRREL_CP%;C:\driver\MapRDrillJDBC41-\*;C:\opt\mapr\lib\*"

    The driver JAR files should appear before /opt/mapr/lib/* in the classpath.

  • If you plan to use MapR-SASL for authentication on Windows, a MapR user ticket is required. See the Using MapR-SASL for Authentication on Windows section below for instructions.

Using MapR-SASL for Authentication on Windows

Drill is automatically configured with MapR security when you install Drill on a MapR cluster configured with default security. To successfully connect to Drill from a Windows JDBC client, a MapR user ticket must exist on the Windows client in the %TEMP% directory or in the location specified by the $MAPR_TICKETFILE_LOCATION environment variable.

The JDBC driver locates user tickets for the current Windows user in the default ticket location, %TEMP%, or in the location specified by the environment variable, $MAPR_TICKETFILE_LOCATION. See Tickets and Generating a MapR User Ticket for more information.

You can either copy a user ticket that was generated on the MapR cluster into the default location (%TEMP%), or you can install the MapR client on the Windows client and then run the maprlogin command to generate the ticket on the Windows client.
Note: The JDBC user must be the same as the Windows user that created the ticket.


If you want to connect to Drill as the mapr user, you must create a ticket for the mapr user, as shown:
$ maprlogin password -user mapr
[Password for user 'mapr' at cluster 'Cluster1':]
The MapR credentials for the mapr user in Cluster1 are written to /tmp/maprticket_1000.
Next, place the ticket in the %TEMP% directory on the Windows client. For example, the default location for a Windows 10 user named Tabetha Stephens is shown:
'C:\Users\TABETH~1\AppData\Local\Temp/maprticket_Tabetha Stephens'

To override this location, set the "MAPR_TICKETFILE_LOCATION" global variable for the Windows user.

Note: Using the MAPR_TICKETFILE_LOCATION is recommended because the %TEMP% directory differs between Windows versions. You may also want to set the MAPR_TICKETFILE_LOCATION per user on the operating system to prevent all users from using the same user ticket on the client.

Avoiding Driver Conflicts

If you download and use the Drill JDBC driver provided by MapR, rename the embedded JDBC driver files to avoid any conflict between the downloaded driver and the open-source driver. The embedded JDBC driver files are in the following directories after you install Drill:
Changing the file extension to rename these files, as shown in the following example, prevents Drill or any other application, such as SQLLine, from picking up the embedded driver: