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Simba Presto ODBC Driver With SQL Connector 1.2.14
Installation and Configuration Guide

About the Simba Presto ODBC Driver

About Presto

Presto is a low latency distributed query engine capable of querying large datasets from multiple data sources using SQL. Presto is designed for short, interactive queries useful for data exploration.

The data sources that Presto supports include MySQL and PostgreSQL. Presto also integrates seamlessly with the Hive metastore to complement existing Hive environments with low latency queries. Unlike traditional RDBMS or SQL-on-Hadoop solutions that require centralized schema definitions, Presto can query self-describing data as well as complex or multi-structured data that is commonly seen in big data systems. Moreover, Presto does not require a fully structured schema and can support semi-structured or nested data types such as JSON.

Presto processes the data in record batches and discovers the schema during the processing of each record batch. Thus, Presto has the capability to support changing schemas over the lifetime of a query. Presto reconfigures its operators and handles these situations to ensure that data is not lost.


For information about connecting Presto to data sources, see the Presto documentation:

About the Driver

The Simba Presto ODBC Driver lets organizations connect their BI tools to Presto. Presto provides an ANSI SQL query layer and also exposes the metadata information through an ANSI SQL standard metadata database called INFORMATION_SCHEMA. The Simba Presto ODBC Driver leverages INFORMATION_SCHEMA to expose Presto’s metadata to BI tools as needed.

The driver complies with the ODBC 3.80 data standard, including important functionality such as Unicode and 32- and 64-bit support for high-performance computing environments on all platforms.

ODBC is one of the most established and widely supported APIs for connecting to and working with databases. At the heart of the technology is the ODBC driver, which connects an application to the database. For more information about ODBC, see Data Access Standards on the Simba Technologies website: For complete information about the ODBC specification, see the ODBC API Reference from the Microsoft documentation:

The Simba Presto ODBC Driver is available for Microsoft® Windows®, Linux, and macOS platforms.


This is the most up-to-date version of the Installation and Configuration Guide, for use with version 1.2.14 of the driver. If you are using an older version of the driver, certain features may not be available and certain settings may behave in unexpected ways. Please consult the PDF version of the Installation and Configuration Guide that was installed with your driver.

The Simba Presto ODBC Driver With SQL Connector Installation and Configuration Guide is suitable for users who are looking to access data residing within Presto from their desktop environment. Application developers may also find the information helpful. Refer to your application for details on connecting via ODBC.


For information about how to use the driver in various BI tools, see the Simba ODBC Drivers Quick Start Guide for Windows:

About SQLParse Methods

The SOQL_FIRST and SQL_FIRST parse methods may lead to different behavior for similar queries. This occurs when the driver switches between the two modes trying to find a query language that can support the inputted query. Behavior will be consistent when the query language the driver decides to use remains consistent, however changes to the query may cause it to fail in one of the languages. For example, when using SOQL_FIRST mode your issue a query that is executable as SOQL. In a subsequent transaction, you slightly modify the query and it becomes invalid in SOQL, but is valid in SQL. This results in the first query being executed using SOQL and the second query being executed using SQL. This can cause slight differences between the two result sets since the behavior is not the same for all SOQL and SQL queries.

One instance where this occurs is comparisons involving null values, because SOQL and SQL handle comparisons against null differently. SQL returns an unknown state if a comparison operator (such as = or >) is used with null, and the results contain zero rows. However, SOQL allows such a comparison and returns results.

Using the SOQL_FIRST mode, you issue the query SELECT Name FROM Account WHERE NumberOfEmployees = NULL. This query is valid SOQL and the returned values contain all non-null values as specified by SOQL. Next you issue you issue teh query SELECT Account.Name FROM Account, Contact WHERE Account.Id = Contact.AccountId AND Account.NumberOfEmployees = NULL. This query is not valid SOQL but is valid SQL. It returns zero values as specified by the SQL specification. The first query may have lead you to believe that the second query would also return results, but difference in query language used means second query returns no results.

If you require consistent behavior in these types of instances, use either SOQL_ONLY or the SQL_ONLY mode.