Using SequenceFile Data Files

Impala supports creating and querying SequenceFile tables.

Creating SequenceFile Tables and Loading Data

To create a table in the SequenceFile format, use the STORED AS SEQUENCEFILE clause in the CREATE TABLE statement.

Because Impala can query SequenceFile tables but cannot currently write to, after creating SequenceFile tables, use the Hive shell to load the data.

After loading data into a table through Hive or other mechanism outside of Impala, issue a REFRESH table_name statement the next time you connect to the Impala node, before querying the table, to make Impala recognize the new data.

Enabling Compression for SequenceFile Tables

You may want to enable compression on existing tables. Enabling compression provides performance gains in most cases and is supported for SequenceFile tables.

The compression type is specified in the SET mapred.output.compression.codec command.

For example, to enable Snappy compression, you would specify the following additional settings when loading data through the Hive shell.


Query Performance for SequenceFile Tables

In general, expect query performance with SequenceFile tables to be faster than with tables using text data, but slower than with Parquet tables.