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About Hive-TsFile-Connector

Hive-TsFile-Connector implements the support of Hive for external data sources of Tsfile type. This enables users to operate TsFile by Hive.

With this connector, you can

  • Load a single TsFile, from either the local file system or hdfs, into hive
  • Load all files in a specific directory, from either the local file system or hdfs, into hive
  • Query the tsfile through HQL.
  • As of now, the write operation is not supported in hive-connector. So, insert operation in HQL is not allowed while operating tsfile through hive.

System Requirements

Hadoop VersionHive VersionJava VersionTsFile
2.7.3 or or

Note: For more information about how to download and use TsFile, please see the following link: in new window.

Data Type Correspondence

TsFile data typeHive field type

Add Dependency For Hive

To use hive-connector in hive, we should add the hive-connector jar into hive.

After downloading the code of iotdb from in new window, you can use the command of mvn clean package -pl iotdb-connector/hive-connector -am -Dmaven.test.skip=true -P get-jar-with-dependencies to get a hive-connector-X.X.X-jar-with-dependencies.jar.

Then in hive, use the command of add jar XXX to add the dependency. For example:

hive> add jar /Users/hive/iotdb/hive-connector/target/hive-connector-1.0.0-jar-with-dependencies.jar;

Added [/Users/hive/iotdb/hive-connector/target/hive-connector-1.0.0-jar-with-dependencies.jar] to class path
Added resources: [/Users/hive/iotdb/hive-connector/target/hive-connector-1.0.0-jar-with-dependencies.jar]

Create Tsfile-backed Hive tables

To create a Tsfile-backed table, specify the serde as org.apache.iotdb.hive.TsFileSerDe,
specify the inputformat as org.apache.iotdb.hive.TSFHiveInputFormat,
and the outputformat as org.apache.iotdb.hive.TSFHiveOutputFormat.

Also provide a schema which only contains two fields: time_stamp and sensor_id for the table.
time_stamp is the time value of the time series
and sensor_id is the sensor name to extract from the tsfile to hive such as sensor_1.
The name of the table can be any valid table names in hive.

Also a location provided for hive-connector to pull the most current data for the table.

The location should be a specific directory on your local file system or HDFS to set up Hadoop.
If it is in your local file system, the location should look like file:///data/data/sequence/root.baic2.WWS.leftfrontdoor/

Last, set the device_id in TBLPROPERTIES to the device name you want to analyze.

For example:

  time_stamp TIMESTAMP,
  sensor_1 BIGINT)
ROW FORMAT SERDE 'org.apache.iotdb.hive.TsFileSerDe'
  INPUTFORMAT 'org.apache.iotdb.hive.TSFHiveInputFormat'
  OUTPUTFORMAT 'org.apache.iotdb.hive.TSFHiveOutputFormat'
LOCATION '/data/data/sequence/root.baic2.WWS.leftfrontdoor/'
TBLPROPERTIES ('device_id'='root.baic2.WWS.leftfrontdoor.plc1');

In this example, the data of root.baic2.WWS.leftfrontdoor.plc1.sensor_1 is pulled from the directory of /data/data/sequence/root.baic2.WWS.leftfrontdoor/.
This table results in a description as below:

hive> describe only_sensor_1;
time_stamp          	timestamp              	from deserializer
sensor_1            	bigint              	from deserializer
Time taken: 0.053 seconds, Fetched: 2 row(s)

At this point, the Tsfile-backed table can be worked with in Hive like any other table.

Query from TsFile-backed Hive tables

Before we do any queries, we should set the hive.input.format in hive by executing the following command.

hive> set;

Now, we already have an external table named only_sensor_1 in hive.
We can use any query operations through HQL to analyse it.

For example:

Select Clause Example

hive> select * from only_sensor_1 limit 10;
1	1000000
2	1000001
3	1000002
4	1000003
5	1000004
6	1000005
7	1000006
8	1000007
9	1000008
10	1000009
Time taken: 1.464 seconds, Fetched: 10 row(s)

Aggregate Clause Example

hive> select count(*) from only_sensor_1;
WARNING: Hive-on-MR is deprecated in Hive 2 and may not be available in the future versions. Consider using a different execution engine (i.e. spark, tez) or using Hive 1.X releases.
Query ID = jackietien_20191016202416_d1e3e233-d367-4453-b39a-2aac9327a3b6
Total jobs = 1
Launching Job 1 out of 1
Number of reduce tasks determined at compile time: 1
In order to change the average load for a reducer (in bytes):
  set hive.exec.reducers.bytes.per.reducer=<number>
In order to limit the maximum number of reducers:
  set hive.exec.reducers.max=<number>
In order to set a constant number of reducers:
  set mapreduce.job.reduces=<number>
Job running in-process (local Hadoop)
2019-10-16 20:24:18,305 Stage-1 map = 0%,  reduce = 0%
2019-10-16 20:24:27,443 Stage-1 map = 100%,  reduce = 100%
Ended Job = job_local867757288_0002
MapReduce Jobs Launched:
Stage-Stage-1:  HDFS Read: 0 HDFS Write: 0 SUCCESS
Total MapReduce CPU Time Spent: 0 msec
Time taken: 11.334 seconds, Fetched: 1 row(s)

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