Using SQL Developer to access Apache Hive with kerberos authentication

With Hadoop implementations moving into mainstream, many of the Oracle DBA’s are having to access SQL on Hadoop frameworks such as Apache Hive in their day to day operations. What better way is there to achieve than using the familiar, functional and trusted Oracle SQL Developer!

Oracle SQL Developer (since version 4.0.3) allows access to Apache Hive to create, alter and query hive tables and much more . Lets look at how to setup connections to Hive both with and without kerberos and once connected look at the available functionality.

Establishing connectivity to Hive

Download Cloudera Hive JDBC drivers

Assuming Oracle SQL developer is already installed (if not you can download it from here) then the next step is to download the Hive JDBC drivers from Cloudera website and unzip to the target directory, in my case its windows 64bit hive jdbc 2.5.4 version

C:\Users\pkothuri\Downloads>7Z e -oc:\hive-jdbc 

7-Zip [64] 9.20 Copyright (c) 1999-2010 Igor Pavlov 2010-11-18 

Processing archive:

Everything is Ok 

Files: 2
Size: 10838580
Compressed: 10838990

You will see two archives, JDBC4 is the one that works with SQL Developer

C:\Users\pkothuri\Downloads>7Z e c:\hive-jdbc\ -oc:\hive-jdbc\jdbc4

7-Zip [64] 9.20 Copyright (c) 1999-2010 Igor Pavlov 2010-11-18

Processing archive: c:\hive-jdbc\

Extracting Cloudera - Simba JDBC Driver for Hive Install Guide.pdf
Extracting HiveJDBC4.jar
Extracting hive_metastore.jar
Extracting hive_service.jar
Extracting libfb303-0.9.0.jar
Extracting libthrift-0.9.0.jar
Extracting log4j-1.2.14.jar
Extracting ql.jar
Extracting slf4j-api-1.5.8.jar
Extracting slf4j-log4j12-1.5.8.jar
Extracting TCLIServiceClient.jar

Everything is Ok

Files: 11
Size: 15297947
Compressed: 5521341

Add Hive JDBC drivers to SQL Developer

Open SQL Developer and goto Tools-> Preferences, expand the Database on the right and select Third Party JDBC Driver to add the Cloudera Hive JDBC drivers


Create a connection to Hive (with kerberos)

If your Hadoop installation is configured for kerberos authentication which is most likely then you would have to do the following to get the connection working with kerberos

Create keytab file

On windows desktop

1) Install MIT Kerberos for windows 4.01 from here

2) Set the following system environment variable (start button -> right-click computer -> click properties -> Advanced system settings -> Advanced tab -> Environment Variables -> add under system variables)

KRB5CCNAME = FILE:C:\sqldeveloper\pkothuri.keytab

3) Obtain the kerberos ticket using kinit

C:\Program Files\MIT\Kerberos\bin>
kinit pkothuri@MYCOMPANY.COM
Password for pkothuri@MYCOMPANY.COM:

On Linux / Mac

1) set KRB5_CONF and KRB5CCNAME to kerberos config file and cache file respectively and obtain kerberos ticket with kinit

Copy krb5.conf to /etc OR set KRB5_CONF variable if it is non standard location
klist -f -c /tmp/pkothuri.keytab
KRB5CCNAME = /tmp/pkothuri.keytab 

Download Java Cryptography Extension

You need to download Unlimited Java Cryptography Extension files from here and copy (replace) to jdk\jre\lib\security directory inside sql developer installation.

Open the SQL Developer and create the connection as below


Now you will be able to connect to Apache Hive to query/create/alter hive tables

Create a connection to Hive (without kerberos)

If your Hadoop cluster is not configured to use kerberos you can still connect to hive using SQL Developer using user / password authentication


Exploring Hive tables

Creating Hive tables

Copy a small dataset to HDFS

wget --no-check-certificate
hdfs dfs -put TopBabyNamesbyState.csv /user/pkothuri/TopBabyNamesbyState.csv

In the SQL Developer execute the following command to create a HIVE table

create external table babynames
(state string, gender string, year tinyint, name string, occurences tinyint)
row format delimited fields terminated by ','
stored as TEXTFILE
location '/user/pkothuri/'


Query Hive tables

Once you have created the tables then you can perform all queries permitted in Apache Hive SQL dialect

select * from babynames;


Altering Hive tables

You can pretty much do what ever Hive allows in SQL Developer, below are the couple of examples of altering the table

Change the name

alter table babynames rename to usababynames;

Change external location on HDFS

hdfs dfs -mkdir /tmp/babynames
hdfs dfs -cp /user/pkothuri/TopBabyNamesbyState.csv /tmp/babynames
alter table usababynames set location 'http://namenode/tmp/babynames/';

Oracle Big Data SQL

If you are using Big Data SQL you can also generate the SQL to externalize the hive table to the target Oracle database


Oracle developers can use the familiar SQL Developer to connect to Hive and perform analytics on Hadoop eco system


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