Connecting to Apache Hive with ODBC


By connecting to Apache Hive with an ODBC connection, your ability to work with the database will greatly improve. By doing this, it will make querying the database a much easier task. Additionally, you could use several third-party reporting and querying tools that are otherwise not available. In this article, we will go through the necessary steps on how to connect to Apache Hive through ODBC. We will be using WinSQL, a powerful SQL query software, to achieve this.


  • Java run time 8 (JRE 8) or greater must be installed on the machine where WinSQL is running.
  • Ensure java is in the path system variable. In windows, you can achieve this by modifying the system environment variables. Please see here for the necessary steps.
Step 1: Register ODBC Drivers in WinSQL
Open up WinSQL and click on Help. Next, click on Register ODBC Drivers . Make sure that "WinSQL Apache Hive Wire Protocol" is registered.
Step 2: Configure the Connection in WinSQL
  • Open WinSQL and go to File then click on open ODBC Manager.
  • Click on the "User DSN" tab.
  • Click "Add".
  • Select the "WinSQL Apache Hive Wire Protocol".

You will need to fill out the following fields:

Apache Hive WinSQL

Field Description
Data Source Name/Description This is a friendly name you want to apply to this Data Source.
Host Name Enter the IP Address/Hostname of the machine where Apache Hive is running.
Port Number Specify the port number of Apache Hive. By default, the port number is 10000.
Database Name Select the Database from your project you want to connect to. The default database name is "Default"

Once you specify your credentials, click the "Test Connect" button at the bottom. A new popup will show up, where you will need to specify your User Name and Password (if specified).

Once the username and password are specfied, click on OK. You will see a "Connection established" message popup if WinSQL is able to connect.

Running Queries and Interacting with Apache Hive

Now that we are successfully connected, we can begin running queries and modifying the database.

For example, I am adding a new vendor named Susan who has 100 spinach, 1000 broccoli, 500 lettuce and 200 carrots:

Apache Hive WinSQL 2

If I browse the data I can see that there is now a vendor:

Apache Hive WinSQL 3

Using your ODBC query tool you can interact with Hive easily. The benefit is that you also get the entire suite of your chosen tool as well as a much more informative interface.

Importing Data from Excel

Once you are connected to your Apache Hive in WinSQL, you will be able to see all of your tables and data within WinSQL. To begin importing data directly from Microsoft Excel, simply drag and drop the .xlsx file directly into your Tables section as seen here:

WinSQL Apache Hive Excel


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