Visualize Apache Hive data with Microsoft Power BI using ODBC in Azure HDInsight

Learn how to connect Microsoft Power BI Desktop to Azure HDInsight using ODBC and visualize Apache Hive data.


You can leverage the Hive ODBC driver to do import via the generic ODBC connector in Power BI Desktop. However it is not recommended for BI workloads given non-interactive nature of the Hive query engine. HDInsight Interactive Query connector and HDInsight Spark connector are better choices for their performance.

In this article, you load the data from a hivesampletable Hive table to Power BI. The Hive table contains some mobile phone usage data. Then you plot the usage data on a world map:

HDInsight Power BI the map report

The information also applies to the new Interactive Query cluster type. For how to connect to HDInsight Interactive Query using direct query, see Visualize Interactive Query Hive data with Microsoft Power BI using direct query in Azure HDInsight.


Before going through this article, you must have the following items:

Create Hive ODBC data source

See Create Hive ODBC data source.

Load data from HDInsight

The hivesampletable Hive table comes with all HDInsight clusters.

  1. Start Power BI Desktop.

  2. From the top menu, navigate to Home > Get Data > More....

    HDInsight Excel Power BI open data

  3. From the Get Data dialog, select Other from the left, select ODBC from the right, and then select Connect on the bottom.

  4. From the From ODBC dialog, select the data source name you created in the last section from the drop-down list. Then select OK.

  5. For the first use, an ODBC driver dialog will open. Select Default or Custom from the left menu. Then select Connect to open Navigator.

  6. From the Navigator dialog, expand ODBC > HIVE > default, select hivesampletable, and then select Load.

Visualize data

Continue from the last procedure.

  1. From the Visualizations pane, select Map, it's a globe icon.

    HDInsight Power BI customizes report

  2. From the Fields pane, select country and devicemake. You can see the data plotted on the map.

  3. Expand the map.

Next steps

In this article, you learned how to visualize data from HDInsight using Power BI. To learn more, see the following articles: