Specifies the maximum size of each Parquet data file produced by Impala INSERT statements.


Specify the size in bytes, or with a trailing m or g character to indicate megabytes or gigabytes. For example:

-- 128 megabytes.
set PARQUET_FILE_SIZE=134217728
INSERT OVERWRITE parquet_table SELECT * FROM text_table;

-- 512 megabytes.
INSERT OVERWRITE parquet_table SELECT * FROM text_table;

-- 1 gigabyte.
INSERT OVERWRITE parquet_table SELECT * FROM text_table;

Usage notes:

With tables that are small or finely partitioned, the default Parquet block size (formerly 1 GB, now 256 MB in Impala 2.0 and later) could be much larger than needed for each data file. For INSERT operations into such tables, you can increase parallelism by specifying a smaller PARQUET_FILE_SIZE value, resulting in more HDFS blocks that can be processed by different nodes.

Type: numeric, with optional unit specifier

Default: 0 (produces files with a target size of 256 MB; files might be larger for very wide tables)

Isilon considerations:

Because the EMC Isilon storage devices use a global value for the block size rather than a configurable value for each file, the PARQUET_FILE_SIZE query option has no effect when Impala inserts data into a table or partition residing on Isilon storage. Use the isi command to set the default block size globally on the Isilon device. For example, to set the Isilon default block size to 256 MB, the recommended size for Parquet data files for Impala, issue the following command:
isi hdfs settings modify --default-block-size=256MB

Related information:

For information about the Parquet file format, and how the number and size of data files affects query performance, see Using the Parquet File Format with Impala Tables.