How to connect to Hive from R using JDBC driver?

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Author: Prasoon Keloth


Original Publication Date: January 19, 2015


How to connect to Hive from R using JDBC driver.


1. Export required environment variables.

Assume Hive version is 0.13, and Hadoop version is 0.20.2:

export HADOOP_CMD=/opt/mapr/hadoop/hadoop-0.20.2/bin/hadoop 
export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/opt/mapr/lib:$LD_LIBRARY_PATH
export HADOOP_CONF_DIR=/opt/mapr/hadoop/hadoop-0.20.2/conf
export HIVE_HOME=/opt/mapr/hive/hive-0.13/

2. From "R" shell, run below commands to access Hive table.

For example:

drv <- JDBC("org.apache.hive.jdbc.HiveDriver", "/opt/mapr/hive/hive-0.13/lib/hive-jdbc-0.13.0-mapr-1410.jar")
for(jar in list.files('/opt/mapr/hive/hive-0.13/lib/')){ .jaddClassPath(paste("/opt/mapr/hive/hive-0.13/lib/",jar,sep=""))}
for(jar in list.files('/opt/mapr/lib')){ .jaddClassPath(paste("/opt/mapr/lib/",jar,sep=""))}
conn <- dbConnect(drv, "jdbc:hive2://<hs2 node IP>:10000/default", "<user>", "<pass>")
dbGetQuery(conn, "select * from testTable limit 5")

Note for above sample commands:


a. Make sure the Hive JDBC driver path is correct:



b. Input correct HiveServer2 node IP, hive username and password.

<hs2 node IP>,<user>,<pass>