Install and configure Apache HIVE with vanilla Hadoop

Install and configure Apache HIVE with vanilla Hadoop

The Apache Hive ™ data warehouse software facilitates reading, writing, and managing large datasets residing in distributed storage using SQL. Structure can be projected onto data already in storage. A command line tool and JDBC driver are provided to connect users to Hive.



  • Apache Hadoop
  • JDBC driver for MySQL (Download)

Installing SQOOP

STEP 01: Download Apache HIVE

STEP 02: Extract the HIVE tar File.

    tar -xzvf hive-2.3.0.tar.gz

STEP 03: Add HIVE paths in the bash_profile file (.bash_profile) as shown below.

Then, save the bash file and close it.


  • For applying all these changes to the current Terminal, execute the source command.
      source ~/.bash_profile

STEP 04: Download JDBC driver for MySQL and place in $HIVE_HOME/lib folder

    cp mysql-connector-java-5.1.18-bin.jar /Users/mimran/Data-Science/apache-hive-2.3.0-bin/lib/

STEP 05: Create hive-site.xml file under path “/Users/mimran/Data-Science/apache-hive-2.3.0-bin/conf”

          <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>

STEP 06: To make sure that HIVE has been properly installed on your system and can be accessed through the Terminal, execute the following command.


If you get similar results as follow then everything is fine with your HIVE installation

NOTE 1: In some cases, HIVE meta store won’t created by the installation script if so we need to create the metastore manually as bellow for work HIVE properly

    mysql -u root -p
    Enter password:
    mysql> CREATE DATABASE metastore;
    mysql> USE metastore;
    mysql> SOURCE $HIVE_HOME/scripts/metastore/upgrade/mysql/hive-schema-2.3.0.mysql.sql;

NOTE 2: To Avoid “com.mysql.jdbc.exceptions.jdbc4.CommunicationsException: Communications link failure” Error we need to change the my.cnf file setting a follow

    vi /etc/mysql/my.cnf
    #change bind-address =   to  bind-address =

USEFUL commands

    #Enable DEBUG MODE on HIVE
    hive -hiveconf hive.root.logger=DEBUG,console
    #start metastore
    hive --service metastore