Drill is a low-latency distributed query engine for large-scale datasets, including structured and semi-structured/nested data. Inspired by Google’s Dremel, Drill is designed to scale to several thousands of nodes and query petabytes of data at interactive speeds that BI/Analytics environments require.

Drill includes a distributed environment, purpose built for large-scale data processing. At the core of Drill is the "Drillbit" service which is responsible for accepting requests from the client, processing the queries, and returning results to the client.

Installing Drill

You can install Drill on one node or multiple nodes in a cluster. When Drill runs on each data node in a cluster, Drill can maximize data locality without moving data over the network or between nodes. Drill uses ZooKeeper to maintain cluster membership and health check information.

See Installing Drill for instructions and additional information.

Configuring Data Source Connections

Drill connects to data sources through storage plugins. Drill can connect to several types of data sources including databases, local or distributed filesystems, and Hive metastores.

See Connecting Drill to Data Sources and Connect a Data Source for instructions and additional information.

Accessing Drill

After you install Drill and configure connections to your data sources, you can access Drill from any of the following user interfaces:

Additional Resources

Drill documentation is accessible from following the locations: