Amazon DynamoDB
Developer Guide (API Version 2012-08-10)

Step 4: Load Data into HDFS

In this step, you will copy a data file into Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS), and then create an external Hive table that maps to the data file.

Download the Sample Data

  1. Download the sample data archive (

  2. Extract the features.txt file from the archive:

  3. View the first few lines of the features.txt file:

    head features.txt

    The result should look similar to this:

    1535908|Big Run|Stream|WV|38.6370428|-80.8595469|794 875609|Constable Hook|Cape|NJ|40.657881|-74.0990309|7 1217998|Gooseberry Island|Island|RI|41.4534361|-71.3253284|10 26603|Boone Moore Spring|Spring|AZ|34.0895692|-111.410065|3681 1506738|Missouri Flat|Flat|WA|46.7634987|-117.0346113|2605 1181348|Minnow Run|Stream|PA|40.0820178|-79.3800349|1558 1288759|Hunting Creek|Stream|TN|36.343969|-83.8029682|1024 533060|Big Charles Bayou|Bay|LA|29.6046517|-91.9828654|0 829689|Greenwood Creek|Stream|NE|41.596086|-103.0499296|3671 541692|Button Willow Island|Island|LA|31.9579389|-93.0648847|98

    The data file contains a subset of data provided by the United States Board on Geographic Names (

    The features.txt file contains a subset of data from the United States Board on Geographic Names ( The fields in each line represent the following:

    • Feature ID (unique identifier)

    • Name

    • Class (lake; forest; stream; and so on)

    • State

    • Latitude (degrees)

    • Longitude (degrees)

    • Height (in feet)

  4. At the command prompt, enter the following command:


    The command prompt changes to this: hive>

  5. Enter the following HiveQL statement to create a native Hive table:

    CREATE TABLE hive_features (feature_id BIGINT, feature_name STRING , feature_class STRING , state_alpha STRING, prim_lat_dec DOUBLE , prim_long_dec DOUBLE , elev_in_ft BIGINT) ROW FORMAT DELIMITED FIELDS TERMINATED BY '|' LINES TERMINATED BY '\n';
  6. Enter the following HiveQL statement to load the table with data:

    LOAD DATA LOCAL INPATH './features.txt' OVERWRITE INTO TABLE hive_features;
  7. You now have a native Hive table populated with data from the features.txt file. To verify, enter the following HiveQL statement:

    SELECT state_alpha, COUNT(*) FROM hive_features GROUP BY state_alpha;

    The output should show a list of states and the number of geographic features in each.

Next Step

Step 5: Copy Data to DynamoDB