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Sep 8, 2019
Hive - Create Database

In Hive, the database is considered as a catalog or namespace of tables. So, we can maintain multiple tables within a database where a unique name is assigned to each table. Hive also provides a default database with a name default.

Initially, we check the default database provided by Hive. So, to check the list of existing databases, follow the below command: -

hive> show databases;  

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Here, we can see the existence of a default database provided by Hive.

Let's create a new database by using the following command: -

hive> create database demo;  

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So, a new database is created.

Let's check the existence of a newly created database.

hive> show databases;  

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Each database must contain a unique name. If we create two databases with the same name, the following error generates: -

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If we want to suppress the warning generated by Hive on creating the database with the same name, follow the below command: -

hive> create a database if not exists demo;  

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Hive also allows assigning properties with the database in the form of key-value pair.

hive>create the database demo  

        >WITH DBPROPERTIES ('creator' = 'Gaurav Chawla', 'date' = '2019-06-03');   

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Let's retrieve the information associated with the database.

hive> describe database extended demo;  

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