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"org.apache.hadoop.hive.metastore.HiveMetaException: Failed to get schema version" error

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I am unable to start the "Hive Metastore" service through Apache Server . I keep getting the following error. The materials I found on the internet suggest that it could be due to attempt to get schema information with older metastore. But, I used Ambari to install the cluster and all the sevices, so I am sure all the metastore should have been up to date. I have also observed that the service "HiveServer2" is unstable. When I start the service, it starts and shown as green in the dashboard. But after some time, it stops automatically. I do not know the reason why. When I started writing this post, it was green. After I finished writing the post, it was red so I restarted it.

I am adding some more information. The "MySQL server" service is always in red and the status is always "install failed" . I found out through this forum that, since I had installed MySQL manually, during the first step of Ambari Installation, this service cannot be installed. Is this causing the issue?. Here is the error.

Metastore connection URL: jdbc:mysql://
Metastore Connection Driver : com.mysql.jdbc.Driver
Metastore connection User: hiveuser
org.apache.hadoop.hive.metastore.HiveMetaException: Failed to get schema version.

This occurs if the database is there but somehow corrupted. He cannot read the schema version means he cannot find the table entry that contains the hive version. Can you run any query? I wouldn't think so.

How about recreate it and point to the new correct one in ambari? Guidelines below:

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This occurs if the database is there but somehow corrupted. He cannot read the schema version means he cannot find the table entry that contains the hive version. Can you run any query? I wouldn't think so.

How about recreate it and point to the new correct one in ambari? Guidelines below:

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I am unable to find where is hive installed. When I do echo $HIVE_HOME, it comes out blank. I need the path of the hive so that I can edit "hive-site.xml". I do not know where I can find "hive-site.xml". When I executed the find command for "hive-site.xml" I get a huge list. (I cannot paste the list here in the comment, because it exceeds the character limit). I am confused now. I do not which hive-site.xml should I edit?

Everything is installed in /usr/hdp. For example with my version its /usr/hdp/

Normally you just need to initialize the db in a database of your choice. ( MySQL? ) ( following the commands with init schema etc. )

After that you need to point hive to that store. If your cluster is managed by ambari you do not change the configuration in hive-site.xml. You do it in Ambari. ( You use HDP right? ). Here you can change the database connection settings under the Hive/Config/Advanced section. You cannot change the hive-site manually ambari would overwrite it.

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Yes I am using HDP. The log also showed some permission issue, so I went into the configuration section and I updated the password of hive user. After I did this, I do not see the schema version exception anymore!!. Now, when I start the Hive Metastore service, I see the two errors (see then end of this comment). I also tried to create new database, but the option 'New MySQL Database" is not clickable. It is disabled. Errors are:

SLF4J: Class path contains multiple SLF4J bindings.

org.apache.hadoop.hive.metastore.HiveMetaException:Schema initialization FAILED!

@Pradeep kumar run this

$HIVE_HOME/bin/schematool -initSchema -dbType mysql

Also, check the link that I shared in my response. It talked about permission issue too


Could you explain little more as i tired the said command & it is not working, please find the attached snapshot

can you advice me plshive.jpg

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Thanks Benjamin. I will accept your answer here, as you are the first to provide me with some guideline on going to ambari configuration section and try out the command. I had to do some additional steps, which you can see in my posted answer.

@Pradeep kumar

You can always add new Hive metastore using Ambari "If you dont want to use existing mysql that you installed"


I have experienced this issue in the past and it had to do with the permissions ..see link

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I fixed all this issue. This is what I have done. Hope this helps users who are stuck in similar situation. The error "org.apache.hadoop.hive.metastore.HiveMetaException: Failed to get schema version" was fixed by updating the password of the hive user from the Ambari configuration file. It seems I had typed incorrect password in the configuration section. After that I started getting schema reading errors. So I went to mysql console and dropped the hive database and recreated the database and reassigned the hive users to the database. I also executed the command "$HIVE_HOME/bin/schematool -initSchema -dbType mysql" as suggested by Neeraj. After that it all worked perfectly fine!. Special thanks to Neeraj Sabharwal, who have been helping me with all the errors. Thanks Neeraj once again.

Hello guys,

I am facing the same issue. and also following the necessary steps that you people taken to resolve issue.

but still i am facing same issue.I have root password of my sql but for drpping hive data base when i fire command show databases; It give me the ERROR msg.

ERROR 1820 (HY000): You must reset your password using ALTER USER statement before executing this statement.

Please tell me the solution to fix it asap.

Thanks in advance.

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That message indicates that your user password may have expired. However you should be able to run set commands

SET PASSWORD = PASSWORD('new_updated_password');

After this your problem should go away.


HI, I am trying this post but when I executed this command "$HIVE_HOME/bin/schematool -initSchema -dbType mysql"

I got no such file or directory found

you need to replace hive home with the actual path? /usr/hdp/<version>/hive/

Also on the node where you run it you need a hive client installed.


@Benjamin Leonhardi

Thanks.. I am able to find actual path... But how will I replace because everytime I am getting HIVE_HOME not found

Please share how to install hive client..

Is it the right document I am referring


@Benjamin Leonhardi I tried to install thru "yum install hive-hcatalog"

Please find the attached screenshot


Are you using HDP? Then you would install them through Ambari. Host-> Add Client

@Benjamin Leonhardi

Yes, I am using HDP

So on the ambari go to hosts, select the host you want and press the big Add+ button

You still will not have HIVE_HOME because the scripts set it dynamically you need to replace that place holder with /usr/hdp/<yourversionlookitupinlinux>/hive


Is it host or service? If it is add service then I am unable to select hive as it is already added.

If it host then sandbox is mentioned as in red color.. Please help



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