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Connect to HiveServer2 with a kerberized JDBC client (Squirrel)

Squirrel work with kerberos, however, if you don't want kerberos then you don't need the JAVA_OPTS changes at the end. My colleague, Chris Conner, has created a maven project that pulls down all of the dependencies for a JDBC program:

Note for kerberos environment, you need to kinit before using Squirrel. The above program handles kinit for you. If you are not using Kerberos and you want to use the above program, then comment out the following lines:


Then make sure to change the jdbc URI to not have the principal. Also, it's worth mentioning that if you use kerberos, I did have some issues with differing java versions. So try matching your client's java version with the HS2 server.

Work with Squirrel

First create a new Driver:
  1. Click on Drivers on the side.
  2. Click the + button.
  3. Enter a Name.
  4. Enter the URL like the example: jdbc:hive2://<host>:<port>/<db>;principal=<princ>
  5. Enter the Driver name: org.apache.hive.jdbc.HiveDriver
Click on the Extra Class Path button and click Add and make sure to add the following Classes:


Note, the classes can be changed every release, so please find out the one you have installed.
Click OK to save.

Now you need to edit the Squirrel start script. On OSX, as example, it is "/Applications/", Linux like OS' should have this in /etc/squirrel - or elsewhere.

Now add the following line anywhere in the script above the actual JAVA_CMD line. Make sure to enter the correct Kerberos stuff:
export JAVA_OPTS=""

Now edit the last line of that script, it is normally something like:
$JAVACMD -Xmx256m -cp "$CP" $MACOSX_SQUIRREL_PROPS -splash:"$SQUIRREL_SQL_HOME/icons/splash.jpg" net.sourceforge.squirrel_sql.client.Main --log-config-file "$UNIX_STYLE_HOME"/ --squirrel-home "$UNIX_STYLE_HOME" $NATIVE_LAF_PROP $SCRIPT_ARGS

Change it to:

$JAVACMD -Xmx256m $JAVA_OPTS -cp "$CP" $MACOSX_SQUIRREL_PROPS -splash:"$SQUIRREL_SQL_HOME/icons/splash.jpg" net.sourceforge.squirrel_sql.client.Main --log-config-file "$UNIX_STYLE_HOME"/ --squirrel-home "$UNIX_STYLE_HOME" $NATIVE_LAF_PROP $SCRIPT_ARGS

Notice I added the JAVA_OPTS.

Now you can add a new host and it should work correctly with kerberos. 


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