Starting Drill in Distributed Mode
To use Drill in distributed mode, you first need to start a Drill daemon (Drillbit) on each node in the cluster. Start the Drillbit before attempting to connect a client. To start the Drillbit, use the drillbit.sh command.
If you use Drill in embedded mode, do not use the drillbit.sh command.
Using the drillbit.sh Command
In addition to starting a Drillbit, you use the drillbit.sh command to perform the other tasks:
- Check the status of the Drillbit
- Stop or restart a Drillbit
- Configure a Drillbit to restart by default
You can use a configuration file to start Drillbits. Using such a file is handy for controlling Drillbits on multiple nodes.
drillbit.sh Command Syntax
drillbit.sh [--config <conf-dir>] (start|stop|status|restart|autorestart)
For example, to restart a Drillbit on a tarball installation, navigate to the Drill installation directory, and issue the following command from the installation directory:
Starting the Drill Shell
Using the Drill shell, you can interactively query data in connected data sources using SQL commands. To start the Drill shell, run one of the following scripts, which are located in the bin directory of the Drill installation:
Opens the Drill shell using the connection string to ZooKeeper nodes specified in
Opens the Drill shell using a connection to the ZooKeeper running on the local host.
The Drill prompt appears when you start the Drill shell.
Issue the following query to check the Drillbits running in the cluster:
0: jdbc:drill:zk=<zk1host>:<port> SELECT * FROM sys.drillbits;
Drill lists information about the Drillbits that are running, such as the host name and data port number.
Using an Ad-Hoc Connection to Drill
To use a custom connection to Drill, but not alter the connection string in
drill-conf that you normally use, start the Drill shell on an ad-hoc basis using
sqlline. For example, to start the Drill shell using a particular storage plugin as a schema, use the following command syntax:
sqlline –u jdbc:drill:[schema=<storage plugin>;]zk=<zk name>[:<port>][,<zk name2>[:<port>]... ]
sqlline Arguments and Connection Parameters
-uis the option that precedes a connection string. Required.
jdbcis the connection type. Required.
schemais the name of a storage plugin configuration to use as the default for queries. Optional.
zk namespecifies one or more ZooKeeper host names or IP addresses.
portis the ZooKeeper port number. Optional. Port 2181 is the default for the open source version of Apache Drill.
For example, start the Drill shell with the default schema being the
dfs storage plugin:
bin/sqlline –u jdbc:drill:schema=dfs;zk=centos26
Specifying the storage plugin configuration name when you start up eliminates the need to enter
USE <schema name> or specify the it in the FROM clause.
The following command starts the Drill shell in a cluster configured to run ZooKeeper on three nodes:
bin/sqlline –u jdbc:drill:zk=cento23,centos24,centos26:5181
Making a Direct Drillbit Connection
If you want to connect directly to a Drillbit instead of using ZooKeeper to choose the Drillbit, replace
zk=<zk name> with
drillbit=<node> as shown in the following URL.
jdbc:drill:[schema=<storage plugin>;]drillbit=<node name>[:<port>][,<node name2>[:<port>]...
drillbit=<node name> specifies one or more host names or IP addresses of cluster nodes running Drill.
Exiting the Drill Shell
To exit the Drill shell, issue the following command:
Navigate to the Drill installation directory, and issue the following command to stop a Drillbit: