Amazon Athena
User Guide

Using the Previous Version of the JDBC Driver

We recommend that you use the current version of the JDBC driver, which is version 2.0.7. For information, see Using Athena with the JDBC Driver. If you need to use the previous versions, follow the steps in this section to download and configure the driver.

The previous versions of the JDBC driver are 2.0.6, 2.0.5, and 2.0.2.

The JDBC driver version 1.1.0 is also available for download, however, we highly recommend that you migrate to the current version of the driver. For information, see the JDBC Driver Migration Guide.

The JDBC driver version 1.0.1 and earlier versions are deprecated.

Using the Previous Version of the JDBC Driver

  1. Download the version of the driver that you need.

    Links for Downloading Previous Versions of the JDBC Driver

    Driver Version 2.0.6 Download Link
    JDBC 2.0.6 compatible with JDBC 4.1 and JDK 7.0 or later AthenaJDBC41-2.0.6.jar
    JDBC 2.0.6 compatible with JDBC 4.2 and JDK 8.0 or later AthenaJDBC42-2.0.6.jar
    Driver Version 2.0.5 Download Link
    JDBC 2.0.5 compatible with JDBC 4.1 and JDK 7.0 or later AthenaJDBC41-2.0.5.jar
    JDBC 2.0.5 compatible with JDBC 4.2 and JDK 8.0 or later AthenaJDBC42-2.0.5.jar
    Driver Version 2.0.2 Download Link
    JDBC 2.0.2 compatible with JDBC 4.1 and JDK 7.0 or later AthenaJDBC41-2.0.2.jar
    JDBC 2.0.2 compatible with JDBC 4.2 and JDK 8.0 or later AthenaJDBC42-2.0.2.jar
  2. Download the Release Notes, the License Agreement and Notices for the driver you downloaded in step 1.

  3. Use the AWS CLI with the following command:

    aws s3 cp s3://path_to_the_driver [local_directory]
  4. To use the driver, see the following documentation:

Instructions for JDBC Driver version 1.1.0

This section includes instructions for the 1.1.0 version of the JDBC driver. Use these instructions only if you have not migrated to the newer (and supported) version of the JDBC driver.

Download the JDBC driver version 1.1.0 that is compatible with JDBC 4.1 and JDK 7.0: AthenaJDBC41-1.1.0.jar. Also, download the driver license, and the third-party licenses for the driver. Use the AWS CLI with the following command: aws s3 cp s3://path_to_the_driver [local_directory], and then use the remaining instructions in this section.


The following instructions are specific to JDBC version 1.1.0 and earlier.

JDBC Driver Version 1.1.0: Specify the Connection String

To specify the JDBC driver connection URL in your custom application, use the string in this format:


where {REGION} is a region identifier, such as us-west-2. For information on Athena regions see Regions.

JDBC Driver Version 1.1.0: Specify the JDBC Driver Class Name

To use the driver in custom applications, set up your Java class path to the location of the JAR file that you downloaded from Amazon S3 This makes the classes within the JAR available for use. The main JDBC driver class is com.amazonaws.athena.jdbc.AthenaDriver.

JDBC Driver Version 1.1.0: Provide the JDBC Driver Credentials

To gain access to AWS services and resources, such as Athena and the Amazon S3 buckets, provide JDBC driver credentials to your application.

To provide credentials in the Java code for your application:

  1. Use a class which implements the AWSCredentialsProvider.

  2. Set the JDBC property, aws_credentials_provider_class, equal to the class name, and include it in your classpath.

  3. To include constructor parameters, set the JDBC property aws_credentials_provider_arguments as specified in the following section about configuration options.

Another method to supply credentials to BI tools, such as SQL Workbench, is to supply the credentials used for the JDBC as AWS access key and AWS secret key for the JDBC properties for user and password, respectively.

Users who connect through the JDBC driver and have custom access policies attached to their profiles need permissions for policy actions in addition to those in the Amazon Athena API Reference.

Policies for the JDBC Driver Version 1.1.0

You must allow JDBC users to perform a set of policy-specific actions. If the following actions are not allowed, users will be unable to see databases and tables:

  • athena:GetCatalogs

  • athena:GetExecutionEngine

  • athena:GetExecutionEngines

  • athena:GetNamespace

  • athena:GetNamespaces

  • athena:GetTable

  • athena:GetTables

JDBC Driver Version 1.1.0: Configure the JDBC Driver Options

You can configure the following options for the version of the JDBC driver version 1.1.0. With this version of the driver, you can also pass parameters using the standard JDBC URL syntax, for example: jdbc:awsathena://

Options for the JDBC Driver Version 1.0.1

Property Name Description Default Value Is Required
s3_staging_dir The S3 location to which your query output is written, for example s3://query-results-bucket/folder/, which is established under Settings in the Athena Console, The JDBC driver then asks Athena to read the results and provide rows of data back to the user. N/A Yes
query_results_encryption_option The encryption method to use for the directory specified by s3_staging_dir. If not specified, the location is not encrypted. Valid values are SSE_S3, SSE_KMS, and CSE_KMS. N/A No

The Key ID of the AWS customer master key (CMK) to use if query_results_encryption_option specifies SSE-KMS or CSE-KMS. For example, 123abcde-4e56-56f7-g890-1234h5678i9j.

N/A No
aws_credentials_provider_class The credentials provider class name, which implements the AWSCredentialsProvider interface. N/A No
aws_credentials_provider_arguments Arguments for the credentials provider constructor as comma-separated values. N/A No

The maximum number of retries that the JDBC client attempts to make a request to Athena.

10 No
connection_timeout The maximum amount of time, in milliseconds, to make a successful connection to Athena before an attempt is terminated. 10,000 No
socket_timeout The maximum amount of time, in milliseconds, to wait for a socket in order to send data to Athena. 10,000 No
retry_base_delay Minimum delay amount, in milliseconds, between retrying attempts to connect Athena. 100 No
retry_max_backoff_time Maximum delay amount, in milliseconds, between retrying attempts to connect to Athena. 1000 No
log_path Local path of the Athena JDBC driver logs. If no log path is provided, then no log files are created. N/A No
log_level Log level of the Athena JDBC driver logs. Valid values: INFO, DEBUG, WARN, ERROR, ALL, OFF, FATAL, TRACE. N/A No

Examples: Using the 1.1.0 Version of the JDBC Driver with the JDK

The following code examples demonstrate how to use the JDBC driver version 1.1.0 in a Java application. These examples assume that the AWS JAVA SDK is included in your classpath, specifically the aws-java-sdk-core module, which includes the authorization packages (com.amazonaws.auth.*) referenced in the examples.

Example: Creating a Driver Version 1.0.1

Properties info = new Properties(); info.put("user", "AWSAccessKey"); info.put("password", "AWSSecretAccessKey"); info.put("s3_staging_dir", "s3://S3 Bucket Location/"); info.put("aws_credentials_provider_class","com.amazonaws.auth.DefaultAWSCredentialsProviderChain"); Class.forName("com.amazonaws.athena.jdbc.AthenaDriver"); Connection connection = DriverManager.getConnection("jdbc:awsathena://", info);

The following examples demonstrate different ways to use a credentials provider that implements the AWSCredentialsProvider interface with the previous version of the JDBC driver.

Example: Using a Credentials Provider for JDBC Driver 1.0.1

Properties myProps = new Properties(); myProps.put("aws_credentials_provider_class","com.amazonaws.auth.PropertiesFileCredentialsProvider"); myProps.put("aws_credentials_provider_arguments","/Users/myUser/.athenaCredentials");

In this case, the file /Users/myUser/.athenaCredentials should contain the following:

accessKey = ACCESSKEY secretKey = SECRETKEY

Replace the right part of the assignments with your account's AWS access and secret keys.

Example: Using a Credentials Provider with Multiple Arguments

This example shows an example credentials provider, CustomSessionsCredentialsProvider, that uses an access and secret key in addition to a session token. CustomSessionsCredentialsProvider is shown for example only and is not included in the driver. The signature of the class looks like the following:

public CustomSessionsCredentialsProvider(String accessId, String secretKey, String token) { //... }

You would then set the properties as follows:

Properties myProps = new Properties(); myProps.put("aws_credentials_provider_class","com.amazonaws.athena.jdbc.CustomSessionsCredentialsProvider"); String providerArgs = "My_Access_Key," + "My_Secret_Key," + "My_Token"; myProps.put("aws_credentials_provider_arguments",providerArgs);


If you use the InstanceProfileCredentialsProvider, you don't need to supply any credential provider arguments because they are provided using the Amazon EC2 instance profile for the instance on which you are running your application. You would still set the aws_credentials_provider_class property to this class name, however.

Policies for the JDBC Driver Earlier than Version 1.1.0

Use these deprecated actions in policies only with JDBC drivers earlier than version 1.1.0. If you are upgrading the JDBC driver, replace policy statements that allow or deny deprecated actions with the appropriate API actions as listed or errors will occur.

Deprecated Policy-Specific Action Corresponding Athena API Action