Hive SerDe – RegexSerDe

SerDe is short for Serializer/Deserializer. Hive uses the SerDe interface for IO. A SerDe allows Hive to read in data from a table, and write it back out to HDFS in any custom format. Anyone can write their own SerDe for their own data formats.

The SerDe interface allows you to instruct Hive as to how a record should be processed. A SerDe is a combination of a Serializer and a Deserializer (hence, Ser-De).


What is RegexSerDe

Regex stands for a regular expression. Whenever you want to have a kind of pattern matching, based on the pattern matching, you have to store the fields. RegexSerDe is present in org.apache.hadoop.hive.contrib.serde2.RegexSerDe.

In the SerDeproperties, you have to define your input pattern and output fields.

Let’s consider employee dataset




If you want to extract the column values from the above dataset you can use the below mentioned pattern

‘input.regex’ = ‘(.*)$(.*)|(.*)’

To specify how to store them, you can use

‘output.format.string’ = ‘%1$s%2$s%3$s’;

Create a table

CREATE TABLE employee(id INT,name STRING,exp INT)
ROW FORMAT SERDE 'org.apache.hadoop.hive.serde2.RegexSerDe' 
WITH SERDEPROPERTIES ('input.regex' = '^(\\d+)\\$(.*)\\|(\\d+)');

Load data into a table

load data local inpath '/home/naveen/Desktop/employee.txt' into table employee;


hive> select * from employee;	employee.exp
1	Ram	2
2	Pavan	6
2	Girish	10


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