Command Line Interface#

The Presto CLI provides a terminal-based, interactive shell for running queries. The CLI is a self-executing JAR file, which means it acts like a normal UNIX executable.

Requirements#

The CLI requires a Java virtual machine available on the path. It can be used with Java version 8 and higher.

Installation#

Download presto-cli-339-executable.jar, rename it to presto, make it executable with chmod +x, then run it:

./presto --server localhost:8080 --catalog hive --schema default

Run the CLI with the --help option to see the available options.

Authentication#

You can override your username with the --user option. It defaults to your operating system username. If your Presto server requires password authentication, use the --password option to have the CLI prompt for a password. You can set the PRESTO_PASSWORD environment variable with the password value to avoid the prompt.

Use --help to see information about specifying the keystore, truststore, and other authentication details as required. If using Kerberos, see CLI Kerberos Authentication.

Pagination#

By default, the results of queries are paginated using the less program which is configured with a carefully selected set of options. This behavior can be overridden by setting the environment variable PRESTO_PAGER to the name of a different program such as more or pspg, or it can be set to an empty value to completely disable pagination.