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Create a Cloudera Impala connection

To access your data stored on an Cloudera Impala database, you will need to know the server and database name that you want to connect to, and you must have access credentials. Once you have created a connection to an Cloudera Impala database, you can select data from the available tables and then load that data into your app or document.

In Qlik Sense, you connect to an Cloudera Impala database through the Add data dialog or the Data load editor.

In QlikView you connect to an Cloudera Impala database through the Edit Script dialog.

Setting up the database properties

Database properties that can be configured
Property Description Required
Host name Host name to identify the location of the Cloudera Impala database. Yes
Port Server port for the Cloudera Impala database. Yes
Database The name of the Cloudera Impala database. Yes

Authenticating the driver

Note:

The ODBC Connector Package's Cloudera Impala Connector does not support single sign-on (SSO) in:

  • QlikView
  • Qlik Sense Desktop
  • SaaS editions of Qlik Sense

Qlik Sense: Cloudera Impala authentication properties

Authentication properties that can be configured
Property Description
Mechanism Require user name and password, or allow connection without user name and password authentication. Selecting User Name And Password gives you the option to set up Account properties.
Username User name for the Cloudera Impala connection.
Password Password for the Cloudera Impala connection.
Transport Buffer Size The number of bytes to reserve in memory for buffering unencrypted data from the network. Default = 1000. In most cases, the default value is optimal.
Use Simple Authentication and Security Layer Use Simple Authentication and Security Layer (SASL) to handle authentication. This property can be used only when User Name and Password mechanism is selected.

Account properties

Credentials

Credentials are used to prove that a user is allowed to access the data in a connection.

There are two types of credentials that can be used when making a connection in SaaS editions of Qlik Sense. If you leave the User defined credentials check box deselected, then only one set of credentials will be used for the connection. These credentials belong to the connection and will be used by anyone who can access it. For example, if the connection is in a shared space, every user in the space will be able to use these credentials. This one-to-one mapping is the default setting.

If you select User defined credentials, then every user who wants to access this connection will need to input their own credentials before selecting tables or loading data. These credentials belong to a user, not a connection. User defined credentials can be saved and used in multiple connections of the same connector type.

In the Data load editor, you can click the Primary key underneath the connection to edit your credentials. In the hub or Data manager, you can edit credentials by right-clicking on the connection and selecting Edit Credentials.

Account properties that can be configured
Account property Description
User defined credentials Select this check box if you want users that access this connection to have to input their own credentials. Deselect this check box if credentials can be shared with anyone who has access to this connection.
New credentials Drop-down menu item that appears if User defined credentials is selected.
Existing credentials Drop-down menu item that appears if User defined credentials is selected.
User User name for the connection.
Password Password for the connection.
Credentials name Name given to a set of user defined credentials.

Setting SSL options

SSL options that can be configured
Property Description Required

Windows only

Enable SSL Require SSL authentication on the connection the Apache Hive server. No No
Use System Trust Store Use the SSL certificate located in the standard system location used for storing trusted certificates. This property can be selected only when SSL is enabled. No Yes
Full path of Trusted Certificates The full path to the SSL certificate if it is not stored in the standard system location. This property can be selected only when SSL is enabled. No Yes
Allow Self-signed Server Certificate Accept an SSL certificate from the server that is self-signed and not verified by a trusted authority. This property can be selected only when SSL is enabled. No No
Allow Common Name Host Name Mismatch Allow a mismatch between the SSL certificate's common name and the name provided in Host name field. This property can be selected only when SSL is enabled. No No
Check Certificate Revocation Cloudera Impala ODBC driver checks for certificate revocation while retrieving a certificate chain from the Trust Store. This check works if the trusted CA supports certificate revocation. No Yes

Miscellaneous properties

Miscellaneous properties and options that can be configured
Property Description
Query timeout Amount of time before a data load query times out. Can be set from 30 seconds to 65535 seconds. Default is 30 seconds.

Load optimization settings

Load properties that can be configured
Property Description Required

Enable Bulk Reader

Select this to include larger portions of data in the iterations within a load. This may result in faster load times for larger datasets. If not selected, data will be loaded row by row. No
Max String Length

Maximum length of string fields. This can be set from 256 to 16384 characters. The default value is 4096. Setting this value close to the maximum length may improve load times, as it limits the need to allocate unnecessary resources. If a string is longer than the set value, it will be truncated, and the exceeding characters will not be loaded.

No

Advanced options

Advanced options that can be configured
Property Description Required

Name

Name of additional properties.

You can add more than one additional properties.

No
Value

Value of additional properties.

You can add more than one additional properties.

No
Note: When you connect to an Cloudera Impala database with the Data load editor or the Edit Script dialog, Test Connection enables you to test the connection before you attempt to create it.