Starburst Hive connector#

The Starburst Hive connector is an extended version of the Hive connector with configuration and usage identical.

Additional information:



The Starburst Hive connector supports the following extensions.

Amazon Glue support#

Statistics collection is supported for Hive Metastore and Amazon Glue.

Configuring and using SEP with AWS Glue is described in the AWS Glue documentation section.

Cloudera support#

The connector supports the Cloudera Data Platform (CDP) and the predecessor Cloudera Distributed Hadoop (CDH) platform.

IBM Cloud Object Storage support#

The connector querying IBM Cloud Object Storage.

MapR Hive support#

The connector includes support for a MapR-based Hive metastore as well as the MapR filesystem.

OpenX JSON format support#

The connector supports reading and writing data to tables as JSON files, and use the OpenX JSON serialization and deserialization (serde) from the Java class

Existing tables using that serde and all the associated serde properties are handled automatically.

The actual serde implementation is a fork of the original OpenX serde. It is updated to be compatible with the Hive 3 APIs used in SEP. The binary package of the forked serde implementation is available from Starburst Support. You can install the package in your systems reading and writing to your Hive-managed storage with Hive 3 for optimal compatibility.


The connector configuration is similar to the configuration for the base Hive connector, with these additional properties:

Starburst Hive connector properties#

Property name



Name of the catalog to which SELECT queries are redirected when a Delta Lake table is detected


The connector includes a number of performance improvements, detailed in the following sections.

Storage caching#

The connector supports the default storage caching. In addition, if HDFS Kerberos authentication is enabled in your catalog properties file with the following setting, caching takes the relevant permissions into account and operates accordingly:


Additional configuration for Kerberos is required.

If HDFS Kerberos authentication is enabled, you can also enable user impersonation using:


The service user assigned to SEP needs to be able to access data files in underlying storage. Access permissions are checked against impersonated user, yet with caching in place, some read operations happen in context of system user.

Any access control defined with the integration of Apache Ranger or the Privacera platform is also enforced by the storage caching.

Table scan redirection#

The connector supports table scan redirection to improve performance and reduce load on the data source.


The connector includes a number of security-related features, detailed in the following sections.

Authorization options#

SEP includes provides several authorization options for use with the Hive connector:

HDFS permissions#

Before running any CREATE TABLE or CREATE TABLE ... AS statements for Hive tables in SEP, you need to check that the operating system user running the SEP server has access to the Hive warehouse directory on HDFS.

The Hive warehouse directory is specified by the configuration variable hive.metastore.warehouse.dir in hive-site.xml, and the default value is /user/hive/warehouse. If that is not the case, either add the following to jvm.config on all of the nodes: -DHADOOP_USER_NAME=USER, where USER is an operating system user that has proper permissions for the Hive warehouse directory, or start the SEP server as a user with similar permissions. The hive user generally works as USER, since Hive is often started with the hive user. If you run into HDFS permissions problems on CREATE TABLE ... AS, remove /tmp/presto-* on HDFS, fix the user as described above, then restart all of the SEP servers.


The following limitation apply in addition to the limitations of the Hive connector.

  • Reading ORC ACID tables created with Hive Streaming ingest is not supported.

  • Redirections are supported for Hive tables but not Hive views.

  • For security reasons, sys system catalog is not accessible in SEP.

  • Hive’s timestamp with local zone data type is not supported in SEP. It is possible to read from a table having a column of this type, but the column itself will not be accessible. Writing to such a table is not supported.

  • SEP does not correctly read timestamp values from Parquet, RCFile with binary serde and Avro file formats created by Hive 3.1 or later due to Hive issues HIVE-21002, HIVE-22167. When reading from these file formats, SEP returns different results.