Hive Interview Question and Answers

Hive Interview Questions

What is Hive?
It’s an open source project under the Apache Software Foundation, it’s a data warehouse software ecosystem in Hadoop. Which manage vast amount of structured data sets, by using HQl language; it’s similar to SQL.
Where hive is the best suitable?
When you are doing data warehouse applications,
Where you are getting static data instead of dynamic data,
when the application on high latency (response time high).
where a large data set is maintained and mined for insights, reports.
When we are using queries instead of scripting we use Hive.
When hive is not suitable?
It doesn’t provide OLTP transactions supports only OLAP transactions.
If application required OLTP, switch to NoSQL databases.
HQL queries have higher latency, due to the mapreduce.

Hive Support Acid Transactions?
By default it doesn’t support record-level update, insert and delete, but recent Hive 1.4 later versions supporting insert, update and delete operations.  So hive  support ACID transactions.

To achieve updates & deletion transactions in 1.4 version, you must change given default values.

hive.support.concurrency – true
hive.enforce.bucketing – true
hive.exec.dynamic.partition.mode – nonstrict
hive.txn.manager – org.apache.hadoop.hive.ql.lockmgr.DbTxnManager
hive.compactor.initiator.on – true (for exactly one instance of the Thrift metastore service)
hive.compactor.worker.threads – a positive number on at least one instance of the Thrift metastore service

What is Hive MetaStore?
MetaStore is a central repository of Hive, that allows to store meta data in external database. By default Hive store meta data in Derby database, but you can store in MySql, Oracle depends on project.
Why I choose Hive instead of MapReduce?
There are Partitions to simplify the data process, Bucketing for sampling the data, sort the data quickly, and simplify the mapreduce process. Partitions and Buckets can segmenting large data sets to improve Query performance in Hive. So It is highly recommendable for structure data.
Can I access Hive without Hadoop?
Hive store and process the data on the top of Hadoop, but it’s possible to run in Other data storage systems like Amazon S3, GPFS (IBM) and MapR file systems.

What is the relationship between MapReduce and Hive? or How Mapreduce jobs submits on the cluster?
Hive provides no additional capabilities to MapReduce. The programs are executed as MapReduce jobs via the  interpreter. The Interpreter runs on a client machine which rurns HiveQL queries into MapReduce jobs. Framework submits those jobs onto the cluster.
If you run select * query in Hive, why it’s not run Mpareduce?
It’s an optimization technique. hive.fetch.task.conversion property can (FETCH task) minimize latency of mapreduce overhead. When queried SELECT, FILTER, LIMIT queries, this property skip mapreduce and using FETCH task. As a result Hive can execute query without run mapreduce task.

By default it’s value “minimal”. Which optimize: SELECT STAR, FILTER on partition columns, LIMIT queries only, where as another value is “more” which optimize : SELECT, FILTER, LIMIT only (+TABLESAMPLE, virtual columns).
How Hive can improve performance with ORC format tables?
Hive can store the data in highly efficient manner in the Optimized Row Columnar (ORC) file format. It can ease many Hive file format limitations. Using ORC files can improves the performance when reading, writing, and processing data. Enable this format by run this command and create table like this.

set hive.compute.query.using.stats=true;
set hive.stats.dbclass=fs;

CREATE TABLE orc_table (
id int,
name string
)
ROW FORMAT DELIMITED
FIELDS TERMINATED BY ‘\;’
LINES TERMINATED BY ‘\n’
STORED AS ORC;
What is the importance of Vectorization in Hive?
It’s a query optimization technique. Instead of processing multiple rows, Vectorization allows to process process a batch of rows as a unit. Consequently it can optimize query performance. The file must be stored in ORC format to enable this Vectorization. It’s disabled by default, but enable this property by run this command.

set hive.vectorized.execution.enabled=true;​
Difference between sort by or order by clause in Hive? Which is the fast?
ORDER BY – sort the data in one reducer. Sort by much faster than order by.
SORT BY – sort the data within each reducer. You can use n number of reducers for sort.

In the first case (order by) maps sends each value to the single reducer and count them all.
In the second case (sort by) maps splits up the values to many reducers and each reduce generates its list and finds the count. So it can sort quickly.
Example:

SELECT name, id, cell FROM user_table ORDER BY id, name;
SELECT name, id, cell FROM user_table DISTRIBUTE BY id SORT BY name;
Wherever you run hive query, first it creates new metastore_db, why? What is the importance of Metastore_db?
When we run the hive query, first it creates a local metastore, before creates the metastore first Hive checks whether metastore is already exists or not? If presents shows error, else the process goes on. This configuration is set in hive-site.xml like this.
<property>
<name>javax.jdo.option.ConnectionURL</name>
<value>jdbc:derby:;databaseName=metastore_db;create=true</value>
<description>JDBC connect string for a JDBC metastore</description>
</property>
Tell me different Hive metastore configuration.
There are three types of metastores configuration called

1) Embedded metastore
2) Local metastore
3) Remote metastore.

If Hive run any query first it enter into embedded mode, It’s default mode. In Command line all operations done in embedded mode only, it can access Hive libraries locally. In the embedded metastore configuration, hive driver, metastore interface and databases use same JVM. It’s good for development and testing.

hive embedded mode

In local metastore the metastore store data in external databases like MYSQL. Here Hive driver and metastore run in the same JVM, but remotely communicate with external Database. For better protection required credentials in Local metastore.

Where as in Remote server, use remote mode to run the queries over Thift server.
In Remote metastore, Hive driver and metastore interface would be running in a different JVM. So for better protection, required credentials such are isolated from Hive users.

local metastoreremote metastore
Hive can process any type of data formats?
Yes, Hive uses the SerDe interface for IO operations. Different SerDe interfaces can read and write any type of data. If normal directly process the data where as different type of data is in the Hadoop, Hive use different SerDe interface to process such data.
Example:
MetadataTypedColumnsetSerDe: used to read/write CSV format data.
JsonSerDe: process Json data.
RejexSerDe: process weblog data.
AvroSerde: Avro format data.
What Is the HWI?
The Hive Web Interface is an alternative to the command line interface. HWI is a simple graphical interface, It’s hive web interface. The HWI allows start at database level directly. you can get all SerDe, column names and types and simplifies the hive steps. It’s seccession based interface, so you can run multiple hive queries simultaneously. There is no local metastore mode in HWI.
What is the difference between Like and Rlike operators in HIVE?
Like: used to find the substrings within a main string with regular expression %.
Rlike is a special fuction which also finds the sub strings within a main string, but return true or false without using regular expression.

Example: Tablename is table, column is name.
name=VenuKatragadda, venkatesh, venkateswarlu
Select * from table where name like “venu%. //VenuKatragadda.
select * from table where name rlike “venk%”. // false, true, true.
What are the Hive default read and write classes?
Hive use 2+2 classes to read and write the files.
1)TextInputFormat/HiveIgnoreKeyTextOutputFormat.
2) SequenceFileInputFormat/SequenceFileOutputFormat:

First class used to read/write the plain text. Second class used for sequence files.
What is Query processor in Hive?
It’s a core processing unit in Hive framework, it converting SQL to map/reduce jobs and run in the other dependencies. As a result hive can convert the Hive queries into Hive queries.

What are Views in Hive?

Based on user requirement create and manage view. You can set data as view. It’s a logical construct. It’s used where query is more complicated and to hide complexity of query and make easy to the users.
Example:
Create view table_name as select * from employee where salary>10000;
What is different between database and data-warehouse?
Typically database is designed for OLTP transactional operations. Where as Data-warehouse is implemented for OLAP (analysis) operations.
OLTP can constrained to a single application. OLAP resists as a layer on the top of several databases.
OlTP process current, streaming and dynamic data where as OLAP process Retired, historic and static data only.
Database completely has normalization concept. DWH is De-normalization concept.

Hive Interview Question and Answers
Hive Interview Question and Answers

What is the different between Internal and external tables in Hive?
Hive will create a database on the master node to store meta data to keep data in safe. Let example, If you partition table, table schema stores data in the external table.
In Managed table, Schema stored in the local system, but in External table MetaStore separate from the node and stored in a secure database. In Internal Table, Hive reads and loads entire file as it is to process, but in External simply loads depends on the query logic.

If user drop the table, Hive drop original data and MetaStore, but in External table, just drop MetaStore, but not original data. Hive by default store in internal table, but it’s not recommendable. Store the data in external table.

How to write single and multiple line commands in Hive?
To write single line commands we use –followed by commands.

eg: –It is too important step.

Hive doesn’t supports multiple comments now.
What is Thrift server & client, JDBC and ODBC driver importance in Hive?

Thrift is a cross language RPC framework which generate code and cobines a software stack finally execute the Thrift code in remote server. Thrift compiler acts as interpreter between server and client. Thrift server allows a remove client to submit request to Hive, using different programming languages like Python, Ruby and scala.
JDBC driver: A JDBC driver is a software component enabling a Java application to interact with a database.
ODBC driver: ODBC accomplishes DBMS independence by using an ODBC driver as a translation layer between the application and the DBMS
Does Hive support 100% SQL Quries like Insert, Delete and Updates?
Hive doesn’t support Updates in record level. To update, It integrate with Hbase.
When you are use Hive?
When the data is structured data, Static data, Low density is not a problem, If the data processed based on the queries, Hive is the best option. Most often data warehouse data processed in the Hive.
What is the use of partition in hive?
To analyze a particular set of data, not required to load entire data, desired data partition is a good approach. To achieve this goal, Hive allows to partition the data based on particular column. Static partition and Dynamic partition, both can optimize the Hive performance. For Instant, required a particular year information, partition based on year.

Is is mandatory Schema in Hive?

yes, It’s mandatory to create a table in Database. Hive is schema oriented modal. It store schema information in external database.
How Hive Serialize and DeSerialize the data?
In Hive language, SerDe also called Serialization and DeSerialization. Usually when read/write the data, user first communicate with inputformat, then it connect with Record reader to read/write record.The data is stored in Serialized (binary) format in Record. To serialize the data dat goes to row, here deserialized custem serde use object inspector to deserialize the data in fields. now user see the data in the fields, that deliver to the end user.
How Hive use Java in SerDe?
To insert data into table, Hive create an object by using Java. To transfer java objects over network, the data should be serialized. Each field serialized by using Object inspector and finally serialized data stored in Hive table.
Does Hive Support Insert, delete, or updation?
As of now, Hive doesn’t support record level updadation, insert and deletion queries. HQL is subset of SQL, but not equalto SQL. To update Hive integrate with Hbase.
Tell me few function names in Hive
CONTACT(‘Venu’-‘Bigdata’-‘analyst’); // Venu-Bigdata-analyst
CONTACT_WS(‘-‘, ‘venu’, ‘bigdata’, ‘analyst’); //venu-bigdata-analyst
REPEAT(‘venu’,3);
TRIM(‘ VENU ‘); //VENU (without spaces)
LTRim(‘ venu ‘); //venu (trim leftside, but not rightside)
RTRIM(‘ venu ‘); // venu(trim rightside only, but not leftside)
REVERSE(‘venu’); //unev
LOWER(‘Venu’); //venu
LCASE “”
UPPER OR UCASE(‘Venu’); //VENU
RLIKE .. return T/F for sub string.
‘Venu’ RLIKE ‘en’ //True
‘Venu’ RLIKE ‘^V.*’ //T
Difference between order by and sort by in hive?
SORT BY -use number of reducers, so it can process quickly.
ORDER BY – use single reducer. If data is too large, it’s take a long time to sort the data.
Difference between Internal and External Table?
External table: Schema is stored in Database. Actual data stored in Hive tables. If data lost in External table, it lost only metastore, but not actual data.
Internal table: MetaStore and actual data both stored in local system. If any situation, data lost, both actual data and meta store will be lost.
What is the difference between Hive and Hbase?

  • Hive allows most of the SQL queries, but Hbase not allows SQL queries directly.
  • Hive doesn’t support record level update, insert, and deletion operations on table, but Hbase can do it.
  • Hive is a Data warehouse framework where as Hbase is a NoSQL database.
  • Hive run on the top of Mapreduce, Hbase run on the top of HDFS.

How many ways you can run Hive?
In CLI mode (By using command line inerface).
By using JDBC or ODBC.
By Called Hive Thift client. It allows java, PHP, Python, Ruby and C++ to write commands to run in Hive.
Can you explain different type of SerDe?
By default Hive used Lazy Serde also allows Jeson Serde and most often used RegexSerde to be Serialized and DeSerialized Data.
Why we are using buckets in Hive?
To process many chunks of files, to analyze vast amount of data, sometime burst the process and time. Bucketing is a sampling concept to analyze the data, by using hashing algorithm. set hive.enforce.bucketing=true; can enable the process.
How Hive Organize the data?
Hive organize in three ways such as Tables, Partitions and Buckets. Tables organize based on Arrays, Maps, primitive column types. Partitions has one or more partition keys based on project requirements.
Buckets used for analyze the data for sampling purpose. It’s good approach to process a pinch of data in the form of buckets instead of process all data.
Can you explain about Hive Architecture?
There are 5 core components there in Hive such as: UI, Driver, Compiler, Metastore, Execute Engine.
only Hive-architecture
What is User Interface (UI)?
UI: This interface is interpreter between users and Driver, which accept queries from User and execute on the Driver. Now two types of interfaces available in Hive such as command line interface and GUI interface. Hadoop provides Thrift interface and JDBC/ODBC for integrating other applications.
What is importance of Driver in Hive?
Driver: It manages life cycle of HiveQL queries. Driver receives the queries from User Interface and fetch on the ODBC/JDBC interfaces to process the query. Driver create separate independent section to handle each query.

Compiler: Compiler accept plans from Drivers and gets the required metadata from MetaStore, to execute Plan.

MetaStore: Hive Store meta data in the table. It means information about data is stored in MetaStore in the form of table, it may be internal or external table. Hive compiler get the meta data information from metastore table.

Execute Engine:
Hive Driver execute the output in the execution Engine. Here, execute engine executes the queries in the MapReduce JobTracker. Based on Required information, Hive queries run in the MapReduce to process the data.
When we are use explode in Hive?
Sometime Hadoop developer takes array as input and convert into a separate table row. To achieve this goal, Hive use explode, it acts as interpreter to convert complex data-types into desired table formats.
Syntax:
SELECT explode (arrayName) AS newCol FROM TableName;
SELECT explode(map) AS newCol1, NewCol2 From TableName;
What is ObjectInspector functionality in Hive?
Hive uses ObjectInspector to analyze the internal structure of the rows, columns and complex objects. Additionally gives us ways to access the internal fields inside the object. It not only process common data-types like int, bigint, STRING, but also process complex data-types like arrays, maps, structs and union.
Can you overwrite Hadoop Mapreduce configuration in Hive?
Yes, You can overwrite Hive map, reduce steps in hive conf settings. Hive allows to overwrite Hadoop configuration files.
How to display the present database name in the terminal?

There are two ways to know the current database. One temporary in cli and second one is persistently.

1) in CLI just enter this command: set hive.cli.print.current.db=true;

2) In hive-site.xml paste this code:

    <property>
    <name>hive.cli.print.current.db</name>
    <value>true</value>
    </property>
In second scenario, you can automatically display the Hive database name when you open terminal.
Is a job split into map?
No, Hadoop framework can split the data-file, but not Job. This chunks of data stored in blocks. Each split need a map to process. Where as Job is a configurable unit to control execution of the plan/logic. Job is not a physical data-set to split, it’s a logical configuration API to process those split.
What is the difference between Describe and describe extended?

To see table definition in Hive, use describe <table name>; command
Where as
To see more detailed information about the table, use describe extended <tablename>; command
Another important command describe formatted <tablename>; also describe all details in a clean manner.

 

What is difference between static and dynamic partition of a table?

To prune data during query, partition can minimize the query time. The partition is created when the data is inserted into table. Static partition can insert individual rows where as Dynamic partition can process entire table based on a particular column. At least one static partition is must to create any (static, dynamic) partition.  If you are partitioning a large datasets, doing sort of a ETL flow Dynamic partition partition recommendable.

What is the difference between partition and bucketing?
The main aim of both Partitioning and Bucketing is execute the query more efficiently. When you are creating a table the slices are fixed in the partitioning the table.
Bucketing follows Hash algorithm. Based on number of buckets, randomly the data inserted into the bucket to sampling of the data. For more information about bucketing & partition please follow this link.

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  1. thank u for posting this type of question and answers.
    really its very use full for us.
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    thank u

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  2. thank u venu.i am preparing hadoop interview in ur website.may i ask some question to you.
    1.difference between static and dynamic partition of a table.
    2.difference between partition and buckecting .
    3.can we add parameter in dynamic partition.
    4.difference between hadoop 1 and hadoop 2

    1. I have updated the post with above 2 questions. 3rd Question answer No, 4th question answer you can follow this link i have explained the difference between these in this link.

  3. thank you very much .
    i attened samma techno , they asked some question . can u tell answer
    1.what is difference between RC AND ORC.
    2.what is UDAF. where will use with example.
    3.what is difference between UDAF AND UDTF.
    4. in ur company ,which format r u keeping ur data.
    5.

    1. Thanks , but now i am in spark now, shortly i will release more videos of hive in spark.. most probably youtube video format. thanks

  4. Well explained sir. i would like to known which os user for hadoop and spark in market(centos or ubuntu) i am an fresher to hadoop

    1. Its not a problem both are same, but ubuntu is best to learn/practice, so that i am explaining everything in ubuntu.

  5. sir can u tell me how to add property of partitioning and bucketing permanently in cloudera

  6. hi venu can you add video for how to develop a oozie workflow for hive queries (using workflow.xml and hive-site.xml) file

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