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Feb. 22, 2016

hs2client: C++ Thrift client for Impala and Hive

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This is a new project to create a robust, high performance open source HiveServer2 client library in C++. In addition to being a useful component for other C++ projects needing to communicate with Hive, Impala, and any systems using the HiveServer2 protocol, we can also create CPU- and memory-efficient bindings for other languages, like Python and R.

There is work still remaining to bring the project to feature-completeness with other Hive and Impala driver libraries:

  • SSL support
  • SASL Thrift transport (for secure clusters, or unsecure clusters configured to use the SASL transport)
  • Tools for asynchronous result set fetching

Development bootstrap

To build standalone thirdparty dependencies, ensure you are using a C++11 compiler and run:

# Build thirdparty Thrift and googletest and set $THRIFT_HOME.

source thirdparty/

If you are using cloudera/native-toolchain, you can instead use an environment setup script like:

export BOOST_VERSION=1.57.0
export THRIFT_VERSION=0.9.0-p2
export GTEST_VERSION=20151222

if [[ $OSTYPE == "darwin"* ]]; then

export CC=$NATIVE_TOOLCHAIN/gcc-4.9.2/bin/gcc
export CXX=$NATIVE_TOOLCHAIN/gcc-4.9.2/bin/g++
export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=$NATIVE_TOOLCHAIN/gcc-4.9.2/lib64


Currently, only in-source builds are working:

cmake .
make -j4

How do I contribute code?

You need to first sign and return an ICLA and CCLA before we can accept and redistribute your contribution. Once these are submitted you are free to start contributing to hs2client. Submit these to [email protected].


We use Github issues to track bugs for this project. Find an issue that you would like to work on (or file one if you have discovered a new issue!). If no-one is working on it, assign it to yourself only if you intend to work on it shortly.

It’s a good idea to discuss your intended approach on the issue. You are much more likely to have your patch reviewed and committed if you’ve already got buy-in from the hs2client community before you start.


Now start coding! As you are writing your patch, please keep the following things in mind:

First, please include tests with your patch. If your patch adds a feature or fixes a bug and does not include tests, it will generally not be accepted. If you are unsure how to write tests for a particular component, please ask on the issue for guidance.

Second, please keep your patch narrowly targeted to the problem described by the issue. It’s better for everyone if we maintain discipline about the scope of each patch. In general, if you find a bug while working on a specific feature, file a issue for the bug, check if you can assign it to yourself and fix it independently of the feature. This helps us to differentiate between bug fixes and features and allows us to build stable maintenance releases.

Finally, please write a good, clear commit message, with a short, descriptive title and a message that is exactly long enough to explain what the problem was, and how it was fixed.

Please post your patch to the hs2client project at for review. See Impala's guide on using gerrit to submit and review patches for instructions on how to send patches to, except make sure to send your patch to the hs2client project instead of Impala-ASF.