AnalyticDB for MySQL allows you to use external tables to import and export data. This topic describes how to use an external table of AnalyticDB for MySQL to query Apsara File Storage for HDFS data and import the data to AnalyticDB for MySQL.

Prerequisites

  • The version of the AnalyticDB for MySQL cluster is V3.1.4.4 or later.
    Note
  • The Apsara File Storage for HDFS data file is in the CSV, Parquet, or ORC format.
  • An Apsara File Storage for HDFS cluster is created, and the data that you want to import is stored in an Apsara File Storage for HDFS folder. In this example, the data is stored in the hdfs_import_test_data.csv folder.
  • The following service access ports for the AnalyticDB for MySQL cluster are configured in the Apsara File Storage for HDFS cluster:
    • namenode: used to read and write metadata of a file system. You can configure the port number by using the fs.defaultFS parameter. The default port number is 8020.

      For information about the detailed configurations, see core-default.xml.

    • datanode: used to read and write data. You can configure the port number by using the dfs.datanode.address parameter. The default port number is 50010.

      For information about the detailed configurations, see hdfs-default.xml.

  • If the AnalyticDB for MySQL cluster is in elastic mode, you must turn on ENI in the Network Information section of the Cluster Information page. Enable ENI

Procedure

  1. Connect to the AnalyticDB for MySQL cluster. For more information, see Connect to an AnalyticDB for MySQL cluster.
  2. Create a destination database. For more information, see Create a database.

    In this example, the database named adb_demo is used as the destination database in the AnalyticDB for MySQL cluster.

  3. Create an external table in the CSV, Parquet, or ORC format in the destination database adb_demo by executing a CREATE TABLE statement.
  4. Create a destination table.

    You can execute one of the following statements to create a destination table in the destination database adb_demo to store data imported from Apsara File Storage for HDFS.

    • The following statement shows how to create a destination table corresponding to the standard external table. In this example, the destination table is named adb_hdfs_import_test.
      CREATE TABLE IF NOT EXISTS adb_hdfs_import_test
      (
          uid string,
          other string
      )
      DISTRIBUTED BY HASH(uid);
    • The following statement shows how to create a destination table corresponding to the partitioned external table. In this example, the destination table is named adb_hdfs_import_parquet_partition. To create the table, you must define ordinary columns (such as uid and other) and partition columns (such as p1, p2, and p3) in the statement.
      CREATE TABLE IF NOT EXISTS adb_hdfs_import_parquet_partition
      (
          uid string,
          other string,
          p1 date,
          p2 int,
          p3 varchar
      )
      DISTRIBUTED BY HASH(uid);
  5. Import data from Apsara File Storage for HDFS to the destination AnalyticDB for MySQL cluster.

    You can use one of the following methods to import data. The syntax to import data by using a partitioned table is the same as the syntax to import data by using a standard table.

    • Method 1 (recommended): Execute an INSERT OVERWRITE INTO statement to import data. This method allows you to batch import data and provides good performance. If the import succeeds, the data is available for query. Otherwise, the data is rolled back to its previous state. Example:
      INSERT OVERWRITE INTO adb_hdfs_import_test
      SELECT * FROM hdfs_import_test_external_table;
    • Method 2: Execute an INSERT INTO statement to import data. This method allows you to query imported data in real time. This method is suitable when you want to import a small amount of data. Example:
      INSERT INTO adb_hdfs_import_test
      SELECT * FROM hdfs_import_test_external_table;
    • Method 3: Submit an asynchronous task to import data. Example:
      SUBMIT JOB INSERT OVERWRITE INTO adb_hdfs_import_test
      SELECT * FROM hdfs_import_test_external_table;
      The following information is returned:
      +---------------------------------------+
      | job_id                                |
      +---------------------------------------+
      | 2020112122202917203100908203303****** |
      +---------------------------------------+

      You can check the state of the asynchronous task based on the job_id value. For more information, see Asynchronously submit an import or export task.

What to do next

After data is imported, you can log on to the destination database adb_demo in the AnalyticDB for MySQL cluster and then execute the following statement to check whether the data is imported from the source table to the destination table adb_hdfs_import_test:
SELECT * FROM adb_hdfs_import_test LIMIT 100;

Create an Apsara File Storage for HDFS external table

  • Create an external table in the CSV format
    The following statement shows how to create an external table in the CSV format:
    CREATE TABLE IF NOT EXISTS hdfs_import_test_external_table
    (
        uid string,
        other string
    )
    ENGINE='HDFS'
    TABLE_PROPERTIES='{
        "format":"csv",
        "delimiter":",",
        "hdfs_url":"hdfs://172.17.***.***:9000/adb/hdfs_import_test_csv_data/hdfs_import_test_data.csv"
    }';
    Parameter Required Description
    ENGINE='HDFS' Yes The storage engine used for the external table. In this example, HDFS is used as the storage engine.
    TABLE_PROPERTIES The connection information used by AnalyticDB for MySQL to access Apsara File Storage for HDFS data.
    format The format of the data file. When you create an external table in the CSV format, you must set this parameter to csv.
    delimiter The column delimiter of the CSV file. In this example, a comma (,) is used as the delimiter.
    hdfs_url The absolute URL of the destination data file or folder in the Apsara File Storage for HDFS cluster. The URL must start with hdfs://.

    Example: hdfs://172.17.***.***:9000/adb/hdfs_import_test_csv_data/hdfs_import_test_data.csv

    partition_column No The partition column of the external table. Separate multiple columns with commas (,). For more information about the methods to define a partition column, see the "Create a partitioned Apsara File Storage for HDFS external table" section of this topic.
    compress_type The compression type of the data file. Only the GZIP compression type is supported for CSV files.
    skip_header_line_count The number of header rows to skip when you import data. The first row of a CSV file is the table header. If you set this parameter to 1, the first row of the file is skipped when you import data.

    The default value of this parameter is 0, which indicates that no rows are skipped.

    hdfs_ha_host_port If the high availability (HA) feature is configured for the Apsara File Storage for HDFS cluster, you must specify the hdfs_ha_host_port parameter in the ip1:port1,ip2:port2 format when you create an external table. The IP addresses and port numbers of the primary and secondary NameNodes are specified in this parameter.

    Example: 192.168.xx.xx:8020,192.168.xx.xx:8021

  • Create an external table in the Parquet or ORC format
    The following statement shows how to create an external table in the Parquet format:
    CREATE TABLE IF NOT EXISTS hdfs_import_test_external_table
    (
        uid string,
        other string
    )
    ENGINE='HDFS'
    TABLE_PROPERTIES='{
        "format":"parquet",
        "hdfs_url":"hdfs://172.17.***.***:9000/adb/hdfs_import_test_parquet_data/"
    }';
    Parameter Required Description
    ENGINE='HDFS' Yes The storage engine used for the external table. In this example, HDFS is used as the storage engine.
    TABLE_PROPERTIES The connection information used by AnalyticDB for MySQL to access Apsara File Storage for HDFS data.
    format The format of the data file.
    • When you create an external table in the Parquet format, you must set this parameter to parquet.
    • When you create an external table in the ORC format, you must set this parameter to orc.
    hdfs_url The absolute URL of the destination data file or folder in the Apsara File Storage for HDFS cluster. The URL must start with hdfs://.
    partition_column No The partition column of the table. Separate multiple columns with commas (,). For more information about the methods to define a partition column, see the "Create a partitioned Apsara File Storage for HDFS external table" section of this topic.
    hdfs_ha_host_port If the high availability (HA) feature is configured for the Apsara File Storage for HDFS cluster, you must specify the hdfs_ha_host_port parameter in the ip1:port1,ip2:port2 format when you create an external table. The IP addresses and port numbers of the primary and secondary NameNodes are specified in this parameter.

    Example: 192.168.xx.xx:8020,192.168.xx.xx:8021

    Note
    • The column names used in the statement to create an external table must be the same as those in the Parquet or ORC file. Column names are case-insensitive. The sequence of the columns in the statement must be the same as that in the Parquet or ORC file.
    • When you create an external table, you can choose only specific columns in a Parquet or ORC file as the columns of the external table. Columns that are not selected in the Parquet or ORC file are not imported.
    • If the statement used to create an external table contains a column that is not in the Parquet or ORC file, NULL is returned for this column.
    The following table describes the mappings between data types in Parquet and AnalyticDB for MySQL V3.0.
    Basic type in Parquet Logical type in Parquet Data type in AnalyticDB for MySQL V3.0
    BOOLEAN None BOOLEAN
    INT32 INT_8 TINYINT
    INT32 INT_16 SMALLINT
    INT32 None INT or INTEGER
    INT64 None BIGINT
    FLOAT None FLOAT
    DOUBLE None DOUBLE
    • FIXED_LEN_BYTE_ARRAY
    • BINARY
    • INT64
    • INT32
    DECIMAL DECIMAL
    BINARY UTF-8
    • VARCHAR
    • STRING
    • JSON (JSON is available if an object in the Parquet format contains a column in the JSON format.)
    INT32 DATE DATE
    INT64 TIMESTAMP_MILLIS TIMESTAMP or DATETIME
    INT96 None TIMESTAMP or DATETIME
    Notice External tables in the Parquet format do not support the STRUCT data type. Tables cannot be created for this data type.
    The following table describes the mappings between data types in ORC and AnalyticDB for MySQL V3.0.
    Data type in ORC Data type in AnalyticDB for MySQL V3.0
    BOOLEAN BOOLEAN
    BYTE TINYINT
    SHORT SMALLINT
    INT INT or INTEGER
    LONG BIGINT
    DECIMAL DECIMAL
    FLOAT FLOAT
    DOUBLE DOUBLE
    • BINARY
    • STRING
    • VARCHAR
    • VARCHAR
    • STRING
    • JSON (JSON is available if an object in the ORC format contains a column in the JSON format.)
    TIMESTAMP TIMESTAMP or DATETIME
    DATE DATE
    Notice External tables in the ORC format do not support the LIST, STRUCT, or UNION data type. Tables that contain columns in the MAP data type can be created, but queries cannot be performed.

Create a partitioned Apsara File Storage for HDFS external table

Apsara File Storage for HDFS can partition data that is in the Parquet, CSV, or ORC format. It generates a hierarchical directory for data that contains partitions. In the following example, p1 indicates the level-1 partition, p2 indicates the level-2 partition, and p3 indicates the level-3 partition:
parquet_partition_classic/
├── p1=2020-01-01
│   ├── p2=4
│   │   ├── p3=SHANGHAI
│   │   │   ├── 000000_0
│   │   │   └── 000000_1
│   │   └── p3=SHENZHEN
│   │       └── 000000_0
│   └── p2=6
│       └── p3=SHENZHEN
│           └── 000000_0
├── p1=2020-01-02
│   └── p2=8
│       ├── p3=SHANGHAI
│       │   └── 000000_0
│       └── p3=SHENZHEN
│           └── 000000_0
└── p1=2020-01-03
    └── p2=6
        ├── p2=HANGZHOU
        └── p3=SHENZHEN
            └── 000000_0
The following statement shows how to create an external table and specify partition columns in the external table. In this example, a Parquet file is used.
CREATE TABLE IF NOT EXISTS hdfs_parquet_partition_table
(
  uid varchar,
  other varchar,
  p1 date,
  p2 int,
  p3 varchar
)
ENGINE='HDFS'
TABLE_PROPERTIES='{
  "hdfs_url":"hdfs://172.17.***.**:9000/adb/parquet_partition_classic/",
  "format":"parquet",  //Specify the format of the file. To create a CSV or ORC file, change the format value to csv or orc. 
  "partition_column":"p1, p2, p3"  //If you want to query the Apsara File Storage for HDFS data by partition, you must specify the partition_column parameter in the statement used to create an external table when you import data to AnalyticDB for MySQL. 
}';
Note
  • The partition_column property of TABLE_PROPERTIES must declare the partition columns (such as p1, p2, and p3 in the example). The sequence of partition columns specified by partition_column must be the same as the sequence of partition columns defined in the statement used to create the external table.
  • When you define partition columns in an external table, you must specify the columns that contain partitions (such as p1, p2, and p3 in the example) and their data types. You must specify the partition columns at the end of the statement.
  • The sequence of partition columns defined in the statement used to create an external table must be the same as the sequence of partition columns specified by the partition_column property.
  • Partition columns support the following data types: BOOLEAN, TINYINT, SMALLINT, INT, INTEGER, BIGINT, FLOAT, DOUBLE, DECIMAL, VARCHAR, STRING, DATE, and TIMESTAMP.
  • The syntax used to query partition columns and the way in which the query results are displayed are the same as those for other columns.