ORC File Format
Introduced in Hive version 0.11.0.
Optimized Row Columnar(ORC)文件格式提供了存储Hive数据的高效方法。它的设计是为了克服其他Hive文件格式的限制。使用ORC文件可以提高Hive在读取、写入和处理数据时的性能。
文件页脚包含文件中的stripes 列表、每个stripes 的行数和每列的数据类型。它还包含列级的聚合计数、最小值、最大值和总和。
As shown in the diagram, each stripe in an ORC file holds index data, row data, and a stripe footer.
The stripe footer contains a directory of stream locations. Row data is used in table scans.
Index data includes min and max values for each column and the row positions within each column. (A bit field or bloom filter could also be included.) Row index entries provide offsets that enable seeking to the right compression block and byte within a decompressed block. Note that ORC indexes are used only for the selection of stripes and row groups and not for answering queries.
Having relatively frequent row index entries enables row-skipping within a stripe for rapid reads, despite large stripe sizes. By default every 10,000 rows can be skipped.
With the ability to skip large sets of rows based on filter predicates, you can sort a table on its secondary keys to achieve a big reduction in execution time. For example, if the primary partition is transaction date, the table can be sorted on state, zip code, and last name. Then looking for records in one state will skip the records of all other states.
A complete specification of the format is given in the ORC specification.
File formats are specified at the table (or partition) level. You can specify the ORC file format with HiveQL statements such as these:
CREATE TABLE ... STORED AS ORC
ALTER TABLE ... [PARTITION partition_spec] SET FILEFORMAT ORC
The parameters are all placed in the TBLPROPERTIES (see Create Table). They are:
|orc.compress||ZLIB||high level compression (one of NONE, ZLIB, SNAPPY)|
|orc.compress.size||262,144||number of bytes in each compression chunk|
|orc.stripe.size||67,108,864||number of bytes in each stripe|
|orc.row.index.stride||10,000||number of rows between index entries (must be >= 1000)|
|orc.create.index||true||whether to create row indexes|
|orc.bloom.filter.columns||“”||comma separated list of column names for which bloom filter should be created|
|orc.bloom.filter.fpp||0.05||false positive probability for bloom filter (must >0.0 and <1.0)|
For example, creating an ORC stored table without compression:
create table Addresses ( name string, street string, city string, state string, zip int ) stored as orc tblproperties ("orc.compress"="NONE");
Version 0.14.0+: CONCATENATE
ALTER TABLE table_name [PARTITION partition_spec] CONCATENATE can be used to merge small ORC files into a larger file, starting in Hive 0.14.0. The merge happens at the stripe level, which avoids decompressing and decoding the data.
Serialization and Compression
The serialization of column data in an ORC file depends on whether the data type is integer or string.
Integer Column Serialization
Integer columns are serialized in two streams.
- present bit stream: is the value non-null?
- data stream: a stream of integers
Integer data is serialized in a way that takes advantage of the common distribution of numbers:
- Integers are encoded using a variable-width encoding that has fewer bytes for small integers.
- Repeated values are run-length encoded.
- Values that differ by a constant in the range (-128 to 127) are run-length encoded.
The variable-width encoding is based on Google’s protocol buffers and uses the high bit to represent whether this byte is not the last and the lower 7 bits to encode data. To encode negative numbers, a zigzag encoding is used where 0, -1, 1, -2, and 2 map into 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 respectively.
Each set of numbers is encoded this way:
- If the first byte (b0) is negative:
- -b0 variable-length integers follow.
- If the first byte (b0) is positive:
- it represents b0 + 3 repeated integers
- the second byte (-128 to +127) is added between each repetition
- 1 variable-length integer.
In run-length encoding, the first byte specifies run length and whether the values are literals or duplicates. Duplicates can step by -128 to +128. Run-length encoding uses protobuf style variable-length integers.
String Column Serialization
Serialization of string columns uses a dictionary to form unique column values. The dictionary is sorted to speed up predicate filtering and improve compression ratios.
String columns are serialized in four streams.
- present bit stream: is the value non-null?
- dictionary data: the bytes for the strings
- dictionary length: the length of each entry
- row data: the row values
Both the dictionary length and the row values are run-length encoded streams of integers.
Streams are compressed using a codec, which is specified as a table property for all streams in that table. To optimize memory use, compression is done incrementally as each block is produced. Compressed blocks can be jumped over without first having to be decompressed for scanning. Positions in the stream are represented by a block start location and an offset into the block.
The codec can be Snappy, Zlib, or none.
ORC File Dump Utility
The ORC file dump utility analyzes ORC files. To invoke it, use this command:
-d in the command will cause it to dump the ORC file data rather than the metadata (Hive 1.1.0 and later).
--rowindex with a comma separated list of column ids will cause it to print row indexes for the specified columns, where 0 is the top level struct containing all of the columns and 1 is the first column id (Hive 1.1.0 and later).
-t in the command will print the timezone id of the writer.
-j in the command will print the ORC file metadata in JSON format. To pretty print the JSON metadata, add
-p to the command.
--recover in the command will recover a corrupted ORC file generated by Hive streaming.
--skip-dump along with
--recover will perform recovery without dumping metadata.
--backup-path with a new-path will let the recovery tool move corrupted files to the specified backup path (default: /tmp).
<location-of-orc-file> is the URI of the ORC file.
<location-of-orc-file-or-directory> is the URI of the ORC file or directory. From Hive 1.3.0 onward, this URI can be a directory containing ORC files.
ORC Configuration Parameters
The ORC configuration parameters are described in Hive Configuration Properties – ORC File Format.
ORC Format Specification
The ORC specification has moved to ORC project